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  • Kenya - Director, Recoveries at Tala

  • Posted on: 16 April, 2019 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • Tala is the leading mobile technology and data science company committed to financial inclusion globally. More than 1.3 million people have borrowed through Tala’s smartphone app, which provides instant credit scoring, lending, and other personalized financial services in emerging markets. Tala has raised more than $105 million from leading venture and impact investors including Revolution, IVP, Ribbit Capital, Data Collective, and Lowercase Capital. Tala’s global team is headquartered in Santa Monica, with additional offices in Nairobi, Manila, Dar Es Salaam, Mexico City, Mumbai, and Bangalore.

    KE - Head of collections


    Job description

    Tala is seeking an experienced Recoveries leader to help us lead our growing operational team servicing customers in the East Africa region. Tala is a world leader in providing direct loans and financial services in emerging markets. We are a global team with diverse backgrounds who are singularly focused on using technology, data, and a customer-centric approach to meet the financial needs of the 2+ billion people of the emerging global middle class.

    In this role, you will be responsible for managing on-site teams responsible for collections operations with direct accountability for recoveries performance, full cycle personnel management, quality of service, and budget management. You will be responsible for developing and implementing collections strategies, including tests, omni-channel collections, account segmentation, and new technologies. Additionally, you will have direct responsibility for hiring, performance management, scheduling, and incentive strategies. Finally, you will be responsible for developing and managing quality assurance programs, performance reporting, and continuous improvement projects.

    Great candidates will have extensive experience leading collections/recoveries departments, ideally for a lender in the East Africa region, with strong analytical, organizational development/design, and hands-on operational management skills. You can and will roll up your sleeves to solve problems: you have a deep sense of accountability for (and demonstrated experience delivering) results as well as the success and growth of your teams. You have experience goal-setting and projecting growth, with a knack for cascading and communicating quantifiable, aggressive targets to your teams. Your teams and colleagues would describe you as an excellent communicator and decision-maker, adept at ensuring a large, varied audience understands issues, context, tradeoffs between different solutions, and reasons for decisions.


    • Manage several collections teams to Recovery Rate, Cure Rate, and QA (Quality Assurance) KPIs, with direct accountability for results.
    • Develop a team of supervisors that consistently lead teams to beat performance and quality targets using a data-first approach.
    • Manage hiring, staffing, scheduling, payroll, incentives and growth projections, within cost boundaries, collaborating closely with support teams (HR, IT, Finance).
    • Identify, prioritize, and implement collections tests and improvement strategies with team of analysts and supervisors.
    • Identify root cause of issues impacting collections results, communicate tradeoffs/risks for different solutions, and lead implementation of improvement programs.
    • Develop and report on KPI progress as well as indicators/inputs impacting performance
    • Evaluate performance of team members and provide guidance regarding development. Ensure your teams have the right skills, tools and talents to perform in their roles and develop within the organization.


    • Minimum 7 years of experience in Collections with at least 5 years of management experience above the supervisor level, preferably with a lender
    • Experience managing teams who are servicing the East Africa region and deep understanding of regional differences
    • Experience directly hiring and managing collectors and supervisory staff
    • Experience developing staffing and budget projections and collections compensation and incentive programs
    • Experience communicating with varied audiences: junior staff through executive
    • Deep experience assessing and utilizing operational and customer data to identify performance gaps, drive improvement, highlight opportunities for future growth, and make management decisions
    • Excel, SQL, or other business analytics tools experience
    • Comfort with ambiguity, a rapidly changing environment, and communicating assumptions & risks of decisions
    • Willingness to travel within region


    • Experience working in a startup environment
    • Experience with call center and telephony tech systems
    • Experience working with an international team

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Tala (formerly InVenture) career website on boards.greenhouse.getrake.io to apply

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