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Sr Software Engineer



Software Engineering
United States · Remote
Posted on Saturday, January 7, 2023
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!
The Senior Backend Engineer builds and extends Tala’s backend architecture to support new country launches, new products and features, and a fast-growing user base. As a technical leader, the Senior Backend Engineer is a core component of the team building a highly available, scalable, reliable, fault-tolerant, and performant microservices platform (Scala/Go/Kotlin/Java). The Senior Backend Engineer follows and improves upon Tala’s engineering processes and standards while advancing Tala’s mission and business objectives.
This is a technical leadership role within Tala’s technical track. You will report to the Senior Director of Engineering and collaborate cross-functionally with all Tala teams across the globe.

What you'll do:

  • Design and implement features as defined in the Product roadmap
  • ○ You demonstrate a Product Engineering mindset, designing solutions that scale to meet the needs of the consumer.
  • Review design documents, perform code reviews and weigh in on implementation choices from other technical teams
  • Collaborate and support with cross-functional teams (Product, Data, Credit, and Business Development) to ship scalable software solutions
  • Continually improve our codebase with clean and efficient code as well as solving problems using the most appropriate technology
  • Contribute to complete migration of legacy codebase to a microservices architecture
  • Contribute to the testing infrastructure to increase code coverage for backend modules
  • Advance monitoring and alerting capabilities of backend modules to allow proactive improvements to availability and response times
  • Technically lead and mentor a team of Backend Engineers to build/extend complex modules


  • 5+ years of backend software engineering experience, developing services at scale in one or more of the following languages: Scala, Go, Kotlin, Java, Elixir
  • Strong TDD quality engineering practice
  • ○ You own your services and know what they are doing at any point in time.
  • Developed and launched large scale consumer applications with the backend on Cloud infrastructure (AWS, Google Cloud, or Azure) using microservices architecture
  • Expert knowledge in REST API design and development for mobile/web use
  • Expert proficiency in Agile development process
  • ○ Used to collaborating with Product and have proven impact in making better products.
  • Excellent ability to prioritize and communicate in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong relational database experience (MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, or MS SQL).
  • Strong non-relational database experience (Cassandra, Redis)
  • Event driven/sourced experience is a bonus
  • BS degree in Computer Science or related fields is a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to interview candidates and evaluate technical skills and develop junior engineers

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 FSAEmployer 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 ProgramPaid 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
  • The above-noted benefits list is not an exhaustive list and is subject to change. To learn more about our benefits please visit and reach out to your recruiter with any questions.
Salary Range: $145,000 - $215,000
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.