UAE Managing Director

Taptap Send
United Arab Emirates
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About Taptap Send:
Taptap Send is VC-backed (Canaan, Reid Hoffman, and several others), rapidly growing and a great place for those looking for both impact and a fast-paced tech startup environment. Read more about the journey in Reid Hoffman’s words.

Their product is an app-based solution that lets immigrants send money back home to emerging markets instantly and at very low prices. Since launching in summer 2018, Taptap Send are already moved tens of millions of dollars and reached tens of thousands of customers. They’re live in seven European countries plus Canada, and they support payments into Senegal, Mali, Zambia, Guinea, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Kenya, Madagascar, DR Congo, Morocco, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh; with lots more countries launching soon.

Global remittances account for over $500 billion annually, most of which moves back into developing countries. But the market is dominated by traditional services that are expensive, can take days to arrive, and have limited reach in rural areas. Taptap Send are helping people to send that money instantly and securely at a fraction of the cost.

Their team is based across London, New York, Paris and Brussels, and they pride ourselves on hiring exceptional talent — their team members come from a wide variety of top-tier tech companies, professional services firms, and industry leaders, including Twitter, Yahoo, Amazon, Google, McKinsey, Bain & Co, KPMG, Cravath, and Vodafone.

To continue their rapid growth, Taptap Send is looking to bring on people who are passionate about their mission and excited to work in a start-up environment. They have competitive salary and stock options and great benefits, and they were recently rated one of the best companies to escape to by Escape the City’s “Escape 100”.

The Role:
You will lead Taptap Send’s entry into the UAE — from regulatory authorisations through to launching the product and growing the user base. With support from Taptap Send’s existing global team, you will deliver a major new market for remittance senders.

In particular, you will:

-Represent Taptap Send to local regulators and other authorities
-Work with their Legal team on the legal set-up of their operations
-Develop partnerships with local banks
-Lead work to define their product offering, including
-UX work with potential users
-Understanding different methods for collecting funds
-Working cross-functionally within Taptap to develop product adaptations
-Hire and lead a Growth team to take the product to market after launch
-Set pricing for the product and define target users and communities
-Scout additional opportunities in the region
-Own targets and timelines for the UAE launch
-Lead management of all statutory obligations conferred on directors by the DIFC companies regulations.

You will:
-Be a high energy networker and high achiever, placed regularly in the top 5% by your peers
-Always be curious, and sceptical of received assumptions
-Have experience of setting up complex operations from scratch
-Have a sense of fun, and enjoy seeing the impact of your work
-Be a top-tier negotiator and political operator, able to navigate local dynamics.

-5+ years of experience in a high-performing, fast-paced environment (tech, professional services, political organizing, etc.)
-Experience with people management, including hiring and structuring teams
-Prior professional experience with business operations, strategy, and product development strongly desirable
-Passion for working with and for migrant communities
-“No task too small” mentality and willingness to delve into gritty details to get things done
-Experience building strong relationships with internal & external partners as well as executive leadership
-Proficiency in English and Arabic required, and at least one other language strongly preferred
-Comfortable with regional travel.

Benefits (Other countries):
-Competitive salary
-Flexible hours
-Regular team events
-Professional development opportunities (e.g. language lessons, training, etc.)
-Taptap equipment (laptop, accessories)
-Behavioral health benefits.

Taptap Values:
Impact first.
Team next.
Accept reality, propose solutions.
Win with grit.
Be proactively candid, with yourself and others.
Love the particular.
Own it.
Create positive energy. Maybe, even have fun