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 are looking for a Head of Security to organize and oversee all security operations at Wave Mali. Primarily, you will develop and implement policies and procedures to maintain security standards, demonstrate excellent surveillance and emergency response skills, and have a strong commitment to security rules and knowledge of all hazards and threats to safety.
In the role you'll;
- Evaluate and identify the level of security risks associated with Wave's operations in Mali.
- Work closely with the security firms and cash-in-transit operations providers to Wave Mali.
- Maintain strong relations and cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, civil authorities, etc.
- Craft and operationalize Wave Mali’s cash security policies and procedures.
- Investigate and escalate issues, take action upon detection of suspicious activity, and actively participate in any money loss investigations or any investigations related to cash management.
- Provide comprehensive operations security reports and security briefings as may be applicable.
- Respond to staff queries on security issues and provide immediate assistance as required.
- Other duties may be assigned as the business may require.
- The location is primarily in Bamako, with possible short-term relocation within the country. All travel expenses are covered by Wave.
- Work authorization in Bamako required
- This is a permanent position.
- Some benefits provided are; fully paid parental leave, Gym subscription reimbursement, and comprehensive medical insurance.
- 7+ years of experience in security operations management, preferably with a fintech company, commercial bank, telecom operator.
- A degree or equivalent from in Law or any other security-related disciplines
- Experience in representing a company in their interactions with the investigative authorities
- Demonstrated integrity and a solid background in upholding the Law.
- Solid communication and stakeholder management skills
You might be a good fit if you.
- Are a clear and proactive communicator. You can independently follow through on tasks and manage priorities effectively
- You like teamwork, but you also know how to work well independently
- You are adept at negotiating, especially in challenging situations
- Demonstrate tenacity and a willingness to go the distance to get something done
- Are comfortable defaulting to over-communication and overreaching when it comes to coordination
- Are analytical in your approach to problems
- Able to adjust quickly to changing priorities and conditions
- We have a rapidly growing in-country team in Senegal, Côte D'Ivoire, Mali 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 Sequoia, Stripe, Founders Fund, Ribbit Capital, Y Combinator, and the cofounders of PayPal.
How to apply
Fill out the form below, and upload a resume plus a cover letter, 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.