VP of Design

Remote-US /
Product /
Full-time
/ Remote
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 five 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 7 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!

In this role, you will lead Tala's global design team, shaping the Design vision that unifies the Tala experience.  Nurture a world-class Design culture that fosters growth and innovation while representing the voice of Design on Tala’s Leadership Team, reporting directly to the CPO, in pursuit of creating a transformational experience that delights and empowers Tala’s customers around the world.

What you'll do:

    • Amplify a strong and customer-centric Design culture within Tala, fostering an empowered and unified team across all design disciplines including Product, Content and Systems Design
    • Define a unified Design voice and vision that is expressed across all mediums through high leverage toolsets
    • Manage and develop a global Design team through regular 1:1s, performance reviews, and career planning
    • Continually promote Design team work and represent Design as a key member of the Tala Leadership Team
    • Set and enforce clear goals, expectations, and standards for the Design team
    • Ensure Product Design delivers features that add customer value and meaningfully improve the end user experience for Tala’s global audience
    • Develop a highly accessible and shared understanding of the Tala app experience across each of our markets globally
    • Partner with cross-functional leads from Product, Insights, Marketing, Program, and Engineering to develop roadmaps, set OKRs, and define strategy
    • Own the development and evolution of the career growth rubric for the Design team
    • Drive initiatives to improve Tala’s Design toolkit, processes, and operations to increase team efficiency and quality of output

Qualifications:

    • Strong background designing B2C mobile products, with substantial Android experience
    • Proven track record of building design teams, ideally in growth-stage startups
    • Deep curiosity, empathy, and cultural sensitivity, able to engage cross-functionally with User Research, Product Marketing and Product Management to learn about our customers through the end to end design process
    • 5+ years industry experience in a Design leadership and people management role 
    • 10+ years industry experience as a Designer creating consumer facing experiences
    • Ability to operate effectively and lead in a fast paced, dynamic environment
    • Experience building out and maintaining a Design System for complex mobile apps
    • Experience managing distributed teams, ideally international
    • Experience working on cross-functional teams within Agile development cycles 
    • Nice to have: digital finance experience, especially in the context of developing markets


We strive to provide Talazens and their loved ones with a holistic benefit experience! We champion your financial, physical, and mental health by offering valuable benefits and resources to help you care for the whole you.

    • Competitive compensation programs with stock/equity program
    • Flexible work environments and Hybrid/Remote-first work model
    • Medical (HMO, PPO, HSA), Dental PPO, Vision, FSA, DC FSA
    • Employer paid Life w AD&D, Short Term and Long Term Disability 
    • 401k and Roth 401k 
    • Voluntary benefits like critical illness, accident, life, and pet insurance
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Paid Holidays, Unlimited PTO, Wellness/rest “sloth days”, Paid Parental leave, Birthday Holiday, Life Event Days off, paid sabbatical after 5 years of service, and more
    • Health and Wellness events and seminars

Salary Range: $190,000 - $290,000

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.