Our Journey:

Since 2014, Sendwave has allowed diaspora members from across Africa and Asia to send money abroad fast, saving our users over 70% relative to Western Union and MoneyGram. We’re coming off our biggest year ever, where we enabled over 30 million transactions on behalf of the diaspora communities we serve.

Despite the amazing growth, we’re still less than 1% of the global remittance market. If we want to make sending money anywhere in the world as easy and affordable as sending a text, we’ve got to scale even faster. That’s where you come in.

How you'll help us achieve it

The Risk team’s mission is to prevent, detect and minimize a variety of fraud threats to Sendwave and our customers. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that customers using the platform have a smooth experience, while we detect and deter patterns of abuse. A large part of what we do is find stolen carding schemes, identity theft, account takeovers, and false dissatisfaction claims through modeling and threat hunting. Ideally, we identify fraudsters before they even transact. Your mission is to help build the risk frameworks that allow us to give those diasporas the seamless user experience they deserve whilst ensuring bad actors are kept at bay. To accomplish this, you’ll be participating in complex threat hunts through the use of big data, conducting impact analysis on proposed and deployed heuristic rulesets, and participating in Risk Operations monitoring and response procedures.

In this role, you’ll:

  • Work with Risk, Operations, Security, and Compliance teams to understand emerging threats, customer experience impacts, query data to attribute fraud actors, and prioritize data model enhancements.
  • Need to be able to dig in and understand the underlying science behind our heuristics and models, and work together with our engineers to formulate scientifically-sound key performance indicators.

Furthermore, this role is expected to grow as the organization matures and develops custom abuse-preventing features and Risk Operations process enhancements. The ideal candidate will have extensive hands-on experience as an independent contributor to robust analytics programs and technical depth to understand commonly logged attributes at an app-native organization. Fraud/Operations experience is preferred.

Example First 3 Months:

Month 1: Onboard and learn the Sendwave Risk and Fraud-prevention program, attend a company-wide global meetup

Month 2: Integrate self into Risk-Operations processes and learn our complex breadth of data with an analysis project

Month 3: Own a new fraud defense strategy and watch your analysis recommendations deliver impactful results


  • You have 3+ years of experience as a data analyst with a focus on fraud, compliance, or information security
  • Expert in querying relational and non-relational databases and joining complex data sources with tools such as SQL, BigQuery, MYSQL, SnowFlake, AWS Athena, Kibana, ELK, JSON, DataDog
  • Familiarity with machine learning, graph database, and/or statistical analysis techniques
  • An inquisitive and investigative nature: You are driven by curiosity and seek out answers to hard problems by sifting through logs and tangible evidence to understand the mindset and actions of an attacker
  • Ability to create repeatable processes and detailed documentation for Operations Specialists and Representatives
  • Willingness and desire to work independently and problem-solve with visionary guidance
  • Positive, learning mindset along with a detail-oriented, analytical approach to solving problems
  • Willingness to participate and enhance operational processes and incident response queues
  • Interest in self-growth through skill and coaching leadership, willingness to learn Python, R, or other scripting languages
  • You are excited about working remotely and have the skills and self-discipline to do so effectively
  • You have a willingness to travel four weeks/year to meet with your team and the rest of the company

You might be a good fit if you

  • Can easily communicate with both technical and non-technical folks, and can incorporate their feedback into a scientific analytical approach
  • Our creative and flexible problem solvers, and interested in finding the best solutions for our particular needs
  • Can bring a complex project across the finish line in a reasonable time
  • Enjoy operating as an autonomous team member with high-impact/high-stakes deliverables
  • Are excited about multiple kinds of projects and want to help out wherever it’s needed
  • Are comfortable defaulting to over-communication and documenting incremental progress
  • Adjust quickly to changing priorities (fraud) and conditions and cope effectively with complexity and change

Key details

  • Location: Our company is 100% remote. You can be based anywhere in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Belgium, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana, and Kenya.
  • This is a permanent position and reports to the Sr. Technical Product Manager - Risk
  • Compensation: Global $76,000 / USA $133,000 / UK £ 62,864 / Germany112,342
  • Major benefits:
    • Subsidized health insurance and retirement contribution matching (both vary from country to country)
    • 26 weeks fully paid parental leave and subsidized fertility assistance
    • Unlimited vacation with a 20-day minimum requirement
    • $10,000 annual charitable donation matching


Feel like a fit?

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If interested, please submit your resume & cover letter describing your interest in Sendwave below. Please also indicate the countries in which you have work authorization.

We accept you, as you are:

  • Our team of over 400 employees is fully distributed across the world— working from coffee shops, homes, and co-working spaces — making us one of the larger fully distributed growth-stage startups in the world.
  • We are proud parents, community organizers, farmers, play in bands, teach yoga, moonlight as YouTube influencers, are former Olympians, and serial entrepreneurs.
  • We collectively speak over twenty languages, including Akuapem, Amharic, Bengali, Ewe, Fante, Ga, Igbo, Kalenjin, Luganda, Oromo, Somali, Swahili, and Wolof.
  • We recently joined forces with WorldRemit, another remittance company, and we’re excited about the ways we can continue to provide the best service to our users.

Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a job. But we'll let you in on a secret: there's no such thing as a 'perfect' candidate. Sendwave is a place where everyone can thrive. So however you identify and whatever background you bring with you, please apply if this is a role that would make you excited to wake up every day.

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