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General Counsel at Canva

Surry Hills, NSW

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Canva is looking for a General Counsel to join our growing team. You’ll provide legal and governance advice and support to the global business. The role will report directly into the COO and will work closely with the CFO and Head of Legal. The position is ideally suited to an experienced counsel (10+PQE) with broad general knowledge, in particular in US law and commercial matters.

Your primary responsibility will be to own legal strategy, ensuring that it is crafted with regard to company strategy and expected scale of our business. You’ll also be involved in company secretarial and governance matter,  reviewing and negotiating a variety of critical commercial agreements and providing support and coaching to the wider team. Serving as a trusted advisor and key member of the leadership team, you’ll provide counsel and guidance that are inline with Canva’s overall business objectives.


  • Providing high quality, strategic and commercially focused legal and governance advice to your business partners, including effectively managing external counsel
  • Reviewing and negotiating a variety of mission critical agreements
  • Providing company secretarial support and driving corporate governance initiatives
  • Providing counsel and guidance that are inline with Canva’s overall business objectives and needs in relation to privacy and IP protection
  • Working with the product, sales, engineering, security, finance and people team on specific projects
  • Monitoring legislative/regulatory changes and provision of advice to proactively identify issues which may impact strategy, operational issues or business processes


  • Qualified to practice law in Australia or the USA (experience in the latter highly desirable)
  • 10+ years PQE preferred
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritise and manage workloads and simultaneous tasks, and meet deadlines in a changing fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated organisational and operational skills that allow you to manage workloads at scale including attention to detail, persuasiveness, problem-solving, teamwork and tenacity
  • Ability to communicate up and down an organisation speaking to different levels of stakeholders
  • Experience in a SaaS or high-growth technology business
  • Experience with emerging privacy laws (including GDPR)
  • Comprehensive experience in US legal and regulatory environment

Job Type

Full Time

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About Canva

Office address

  • 110 Kippax Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010

Company size

501-1000 people

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