Director, Global Compliance

Remote-US /
Global Business /
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!

Tala is looking for an experienced compliance leader to expand and manage Tala’s compliance program operating in four diverse countries across Asia, Africa and North America. Reporting directly into the SVP, Global Operations, the Director, Global Compliance will help drive and scale the compliance program through innovative process development. The candidate needs to be a strong leader, experience communicating the compliance program with company management and have a passion for new challenges.

What you'll do

    • Responsible for the management and update of the compliance and ethics program 
    • Manage the performance of the compliance program, including that risk assessments and compliance reviews to ensure policies and procedures are being followed
    • Support our global Compliance team and global leaders by providing expert advice, guidance, and resources wherever possible to ensure delivery and execution of local priorities
    • Engage with cross-functional leaders to support regulatory and product licensing strategies
    • Consistently challenge the status quo in order to identify opportunities to enhance our current processes, procedures, and thought processes to better serve our customers and protect the company
    • Mentor, develop, and provide leadership to a small but growing Compliance team 
    • Clearly and timely communicate findings, determinations and recommendations to management and stakeholders, both at periodic intervals and as needed regarding escalated or high-risk compliance issues, in order to accomplish compliance goals
    • Deep understanding of compliance testing as this role leads the team in designing and implementing the compliance program
    • Overseeing the drafting and ongoing maintenance of robust compliance policies and procedures


    • Fluency in English required, additional languages a plus
    • 8+ years of compliance experience
    • Prior experience as a Chief Compliance Officer or compliance executive
    • Significant experience in a previous regulatory or compliance managerial position at a banking, lending, payments, or fintech institution, hyper-growth fintech a plus
    • Experience of managing compliance teams and complaince requirements across multiple countries
    • Experience directing KYC and AML compliance programs in a financial services firm
    • Skilled in collaborating with stakeholders at all levels across technical and non-technical groups
    • Executive level presentation abilities, both verbally and in writing
    • Ability to lead in a growing company environment with focused and hardworking individuals
    • Exceptional attention to detail and strong problem-solving skills
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • You're excited to work in a fast-paced setting and willing to adapt to a startup culture

Preferred Skills & Experience

    • Professional industry certifications such as Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS)
    • J.D., L.L.M., M.B.A. or other advanced degree
    • Experience and/or passion for crypto 
    • Experience with ISO27001 certification
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.