Data Analyst at Wave (W12)
Mobile money app for Africa
Remote
Full-time
3+ years
About Wave

Build the future of money, Africa-first.

Join our global team bringing modern, affordable banking services to those who need them the most.

Our mission

We're making Africa the first cashless continent.

In 2017, nearly 60% of adults in sub-Saharan Africa had no bank account. That's for good reason—the fees are too high, the closest branch can be miles away, and nobody takes cards. Without access to financial institutions, people are forced to keep their savings under the mattress. Small business owners rely on lenders who charge extortionate rates. Parents spend hours waiting in line to pay school fees in cash.

We're solving this by building financial services that just work: no account fees, instantly available, and accepted everywhere. In places where electricity, water and roads don't always work, you can still send money with Wave. In November 2017, we launched a mobile app in Senegal for cash deposit, withdrawal, and peer-to-peer and business payments. In 2019, we expanded to Cote d'Ivoire. Now, we're enabling over 700k payments every day, and growing fast. Our goal is to make Africa the first cashless continent. And that's where you come in :)

About the role

Our mission

We're making Africa the first cashless continent.

In 2017, over half the population in Sub-Saharan Africa had no bank account. That's for good reason—the fees are too high, the closest branch can be miles away, and nobody takes cards. Without access to financial institutions, people are forced to keep their savings under the mattress. Small business owners rely on lenders who charge extortionate rates. Parents spend hours waiting in line to pay school fees in cash.

We're solving this by building financial services that just work: no account fees, instantly available, and accepted everywhere. In places where electricity, water and roads don't always work, you can still send money with Wave. In November 2017, we launched a mobile app in Senegal for cash deposit, withdrawal, and peer-to-peer and business payments. In 2019, we expanded to Cote d'Ivoire. Now, we have millions of users and are growing fast. Our goal is to make Africa the first cashless continent. And that's where you come in....

How you'll help us achieve it

We’re looking for a data analyst who’s both a SQL expert and a researcher; a self-starter that excels at exploring problems and producing analytical content. You'll be embedded with product teams: deriving insights from customer data, visualizing data and then working with product managers, engineers and product ops to improve user and business outcomes. You'll own every step of the research process—from gathering requirements, to shipping your solution for users or stakeholders, to sharing your findings with others.

In this role, you'll:

  • Work within a product team but interface with a variety of teams in dozens of countries. You may rotate to other product teams over time.
  • Research into problems or processes that require data-driven improvements.
  • Navigate large sets of data and derive meaning to deliver insights to stakeholders.
  • Support or manage projects implementing data-focused tools.

Key Details

  • You can work remotely from anywhere (between UTC -5 and +4).

  • Every four months, our remote team meets in Africa for a one-week retreat. (Wave covers all costs.)

  • Our salaries are competitive and are calculated using a transparent formula. 

  • Major benefits:

    • Subsidized health insurance for you and your dependents and retirement contributions (both vary from country-to-country).
    • 6 months fully paid parental leave and subsidized fertility assistance.
    • Unlimited vacation with a 20-day minimum requirement.
    • $10,000 annual charitable donation matching.

Requirements

  • Fluent in English
  • 3+ years in a similar position
  • Advanced knowledge of SQL
  • Experience with data visualization platforms (e.g., Tableau, PowerBI, Looker, etc.)
  • Strong analytical thinking and experience extracting insights using a statistical approach
  • Bachelor’s degree

You might be a good fit if you

  • Are excellent at manipulating and analyzing data, and able to work with advanced SQL patterns.
  • Can navigate new data domains quickly, understanding the underlying business problems.
  • Can apply appropriate statistical models, including predictive models.
  • Have excellent focus, prioritizing your research and work using an iterative approach.
  • Create data visualizations and dashboards that aid discovery, using a variety of platforms.
  • Are able to compellingly present your findings and make proactive recommendations based on data.
  • Are excited about working in a culturally diverse environment, helping teams across the organization to make the best use of data.

Our team

  • We have a rapidly growing in-country team in Senegal, Côte D'Ivoire, Mali, Benin and Uganda, plus remote team members spread across the world. We're deeply passionate about our mission of bringing radically affordable financial services to the people who need them most.
  • We foster autonomy for our employees. You'll own your own projects at every stage, from understanding the problem to monitoring your solution in production.
  • We’re backed by world-class investors including Founders Fund, Sequoia Heritage, Stripe, Ribbit Capital, Y Combinator and Partech Africa.

How to apply

Click the link below to access the application page. Upload a resume plus a cover letter (if required), both written in English, describing your interest in Wave and the role. We review applications on a rolling basis.

Wave is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Technology

We use boring technology for the most part: Postgres + Python on the backend. Native apps on the frontend. The hardest parts are connectivity and robustness in the face of bad networks and crappy devices.

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