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Tala // financial services for underserved consumers
Engineering, Full Time    Nairobi    Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2019
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The Engineering Lead (EL), Kenya recruits & manages the engineering organization in Nairobi. As a coach & mentor, the EL guides the team towards advancing Talas mission & business objectives. The EL ensures consistent practice of Talas global engineering processes & career development while building the Kenya organization.

This is a senior leadership role within Talas management track. You will report to the Head of Engineering & collaborate cross-functionally with all Tala teams across the globe.

Outcomes for 12-18 Months:

  • Recruit, mentor, & level-up & engineering team of 10-15 people (ICs & managers)
  • Propose & execute organization structure for backend, mobile, devops, & QA
  • Lead & manage team to execute Talas roadmap for Kenya
  • Effectively interview & onboard candidates to meet Talas technical & hands-on coding standards
  • Ensure consistent application of Tala engineering practices
  • Review design documents, perform code reviews, & weigh in on implementation choices
  • Support & collaborate with cross functional teams (Product, Data, Credit, & Business Development) to ship scalable software solutions
  • Design & architect technical designs & TDD (Test Driven Development) to solve engineering challenges
  • Provide guidance for integrations with external partners including user/events tracking, monitoring, & payment/KYC systems integration


  • 10+ years of hands-on technical management within software engineering industry
  • 5+ years coding in one or more of the following languages: Java, Kotlin, Scala, GoLang
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit & manage technical teams (including managers)
  • Developed & launched large scale consumer mobile applications with the backend on Cloud infrastructure (AWS or Google Cloud Platform) using microservices architecture paradigm
  • Ability to travel internationally 2-4 times a year
  • Working knowledge in REST API development for mobile/web use
  • Hold your own in technical discussion, be a subject matter expert, & have strategic influence
  • Expert proficiency in Agile development process
  • Excellent ability to prioritize & communicate in a fast-paced environment
  • BS/BA degree in Computer Science or related fields
  • Bonus: Experience in fintech, payments space, & machine learning
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