Senior People Partner - People Group at Canva

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We’re constantly working towards making Canva the best place to work, for everyone. We believe deeply that bringing together diversity of thoughts, perspectives and expression is key for building the best product for our equally diverse community all around the world. We celebrate uniqueness and whatever makes you, you and encourage everyone who wants to help us transform the way the world designs, to join us on this journey. We value all different types of experiences. If you don’t think you quite meet all of the qualifications, we’d still love to hear from you.

About Us
At Canva, our mission is to democratise design and empower creativity for anyone and everyone, on every platform. Inspired by a team of talented thinkers, an amazing culture and a remarkable growth trajectory – we’re out to change the world, one design at a time. 

Since launch in August 2013, we have grown exponentially, amassing over 60 million monthly active users across 190 different countries who have created more than 6 Billion designs. We are one of the world’s fastest-growing technology companies and we have only achieved about 1% of what we want to do.

Canva’s People Group has a big mission to build the most effective and engaged company in the world! Our success is finding, growing and empowering the best engineers, designers, product managers, growth marketers and operators to ship incredible products for our global design community. We're looking for an experienced People Partner (HR Business Partner) to join our global People Partnering team and help take one of our recently formed supergroups to the next level.

You’ll be a champion of Canva’s values, working closely with your People Group peers, and supergroup (People Group) leads to coach, navigate and solve problems, and develop and launch programs that support all Canvanauts to be successful. You’ll thrive in a fast-moving, fluid environment, and be passionate about supporting teams to scale effectively. You’ll be an experienced HR professional who thinks strategically, but is also prepared to roll up your sleeves and get things done. You know that meeting the business where it's at, building strong foundations and trusted relationships is the key to ensuring those high impact, highly strategic pieces of work land with positive impact at scale.

The People Group encompasses People Partnering, People Operations, Canva U (Learning & Development), Talent COE, Internal Coaching, Talent Acquisition and the Vibe Team. This global team consists of 170 team members across Sydney, Manilla, Beijing, Hong Kong and Austin.

What you'll do:

  • Help build a world-class people strategy that fully embodies our philosophies around empowerment, “minimum viable structure”, results-oriented organisation design etc; whilst contributing your unique insights from a strategic HR perspective
  • Become a critical strategic member of your group leadership team and a trusted advisor; guiding and coaching leaders on the full gamut of people challenges and opportunities
  • Develop a deep understanding of your key partners and the business challenges they're working to solve; design & deliver tailored people strategies & solutions that enable them to achieve their Crazy Big Goals
  • Work with your leads to build a highly engaged and effective group, partnering with them on key priorities such as organisation design, workforce planning, team effectiveness, leadership development, talent management, and cultivating culture
  • Build critical context within your group and, working with your People Group and CoE peers, be "the voice of the business" in the design phase of Canva-wide talent programs
  • Facilitate and build leadership capability around cyclical people programs, such as Impact, growth & development, and compensation reviews
  • Actively work to maintain alignment & integration across all of our People teams, supergroups & specialties, and the broader business, identifying challenges and partnering on solutions

What we're looking for:

  • Extensive experience in the people & culture space, ideally 7+ years as a People Partner
  • Background working with tech startups as well as SaaS organisations that have scaled; ideally partnering with P&L responsible partner groups and diverse business units with several different teams and verticals within
  • Experienced and skilled at working with and influencing a wide range of partners, including founders, senior leaders, team leads & coaches, as well as other HR teams
  • A natural coaching attitude and approach, as well as an excellent understanding of HR programs including performance management, leadership development, organisational design & development, talent management, and employee relations.
  • Ability to think strategically (beyond just the here and now), and synthesise lots of complex information to come up with solutions with tangible impact.
  • Data driven and results focused with prior experience utilising both quantitative and qualitative data to track, measure and evaluate outcomes to demonstrate impact.
  • Incredible organisational skills, a high degree of judgement and ability to juggle a diverse range of priorities — a standard day could involve facilitating a session focused on organisational design with your group leads, supporting a coach to navigate a performance issue on their team, partnering with a cross-functional team to integrate a recent acquisition, or driving a calibration process around performance.
  • Ability to balance working individually and autonomously with working in and alongside a range of teams — you’re comfortable being part of a team, leading projects, or owning things end to end; whatever the job calls for!
  • Progressive, innovative and passionate about developing phenomenal people and organisations

Being a Force for good.
One of our core values at Canva, “Being a force for good” means we are actively working towards a world that isn't just good for a small few, but one that’s good for everyone. We believe deeply that bringing together diversity of thoughts, perspectives and expression is key for building the best product for our equally diverse community. To achieve this, we need to constantly work towards making Canva the best place to work, for everyone.


We make hiring decisions based on your experience, skills and passion. If you’re keen to apply and need reasonable adjustments or would like to note which pronouns you use at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.

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An Insider's view of Canva

How does your team reward individual success?

Canva teams set seasonal goals and we celebrate BIG when we achieve each goal. We have celebrated our success by enjoying taco nights, cocktail classes and currently planning a DIY pottery night. Canva also has a very active #kudos slack channel!

Pooja

Partner Success Manager

How does the company support your career growth?

Canva enables me to grow by providing workshops and training sessions that have given me a solid foundation for my role. There is a focus to promote from within and provide everyone the opportunity to explore whichever path they choose. Our “Vibe and Thrive” allowance also makes sure our mental and physical health are always taken care of!

Kendall

Sales Development Representative

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

One of Canva’s core values is to Make Complex Things Simple. We find innovative ways to make legal concepts more approachable to non-lawyers and reduce the need to involve Legal with every move. By removing complexities we encourage an environment of trust and openness for our internal stakeholders and our millions of users.

Suhayb

Senior Legal Counsel

What's something quirky about your company?

Season Openers are company events where Canva celebrates our wins and rallies around our goals. They're also some of the most over-the-top and quirky events you'll ever see. On my first day, at my first season opener, I learned about Canva through a Hollywood-worthy parody of "The Office"— I knew then I had found my new home!

Sergio

Design Ops & Studio Lead

What are Canva Perks + Benefits

Canva Benefits Overview

At Canva, our values are at the heart of who we are. They keep us moving forward, together, to achieve our mission of empowering the world to design. The purpose of Canva’s benefits is to empower Canvanauts to invest in themselves and live our values, every single day. Canva’s benefits are based on four key pillars - Environment, Human, Social and Economic. Each of these enhances the Canva culture and enables our team to do the best work of their lives.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Canva offers employees a $50/month gym reimbursement
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
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