Senior User Researcher - KE

Nairobi /
Insights /
About Tala

Tala is a global technology company building the world’s most accessible financial services. With more than $350 million raised from visionary investors, we are serving millions of customers around the world who have been overlooked by traditional financial institutions – and our plan is to serve millions more, and have been named by the Fortune Impact 20 list, CNBC’s Disruptor 50, and Forbes’ Fintech 50 list for four years running. We are expanding across product offerings, countries and crypto and are looking for people who have an entrepreneurial spirit and are passionate about the mission.

By creating a unique platform that enables lending and other financial services around the globe, people in emerging markets are able to start and expand small businesses, manage day-to-day needs, and pursue their financial goals with confidence. Currently, more than 6 million people across Kenya, the Philippines, Mexico, and India have used Tala products. Due to our global team, we have a remote-first approach, and also have offices in Santa Monica, CA (HQ); Nairobi, Kenya; Mexico City, Mexico; Manila, the Philippines; and Bangalore, India. 

Most Talazens join us because they connect with our mission of enabling financial agency for underbanked people around the world. If you are energized by the impact you can make at Tala, we’d love to hear from you!

The Senior User Researcher will work from Kenya and be part of Tala’s global Insights team. The mission of Tala’s Insights team is to drive a collaborative process to generate trustworthy insights that lead to empathy-fueled action. As a member of the Insights team, our senior user researcher in Kenya will: 

    • Contribute meaningfully to the growth of Tala’s Kenya business by ensuring a deep shared understanding of our customers’ daily lives, attitudes, and behaviors.
    • Provide insights into experimental new product development, competitive analysis, current product improvements, and customer financial health. 
    • Implement best practices in human-centered design techniques and mixed research methods.

What you'll do:

    • Conducting user research studies or consumer research and analyzing the data collected, generate insights that influence how product teams think about medium and long-term product strategy
    • Lead end-to-end mixed method research activities such as field studies, interviews, diary studies, participatory workshops, ethnography, surveys, usability, concept  testing, and logs analysis – including driving research objectives, hypotheses, methodology, execution, analysis, and communication
    • Defining research questions and selecting appropriate methods of data collection to deliver stakeholder-relevant value at any stage of business and timelines for finishing research projects
    • Identifying top priorities to improve customer experience then align with the business for prioritization, e.g what will create pain relievers for our customers
    • Collaborating with UX designers and product managers to improve current product and innovation opportunities by understanding research needs Work with data team to query and synthesize insights that support designers’ or product managers’ hypotheses
    • Manage through ambiguity, work autonomously, and multitask in a fast-paced environment

What you'll need:

    • Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in Business, Economics, Market Research, International Development, or Social Sciences (Psychology, Communications, Anthropology, Sociology)
    • 5+ years of experience in market research or user research inside innovative consumer fintech, financial, mobile or digital companies
    • Empathy, knowledge and a deep desire to improve the lives of low- to middle-income financially underserved Kenyans.
    • Familiarity with consumer financial products and services and the general fintech landscape in Kenya
    • Natural collaborator and influencer with experience working cross-functionally with Product, Design, Credit, Data Analytics, and Marketing/Growth team members in Kenya and abroad. 
    • Demonstrated ability to provide valuable insights through mastery of human-centered design techniques and mixed research methods: surveys, interviews, focus groups, concept testing, usability testing, A/B testing, etc. 
    • Strong organizational and project management skills, including planning logistics, coordinating activities with various team members and flexibly adapting to changes.
    • Experience with communicating complex ideas or context in a clear, data-informed, and action-oriented style.
    • Fluent in English and Swahili.
Our vision is to build a new financial ecosystem where everyone can participate on equal footing and access the tools they need to be financially healthy. We strongly believe that inclusion fosters innovation and we’re proud to have a diverse global team that represents a multitude of backgrounds, cultures, and experience. We hire talented people regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.