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People Ops Lead (mat-leave cover) at Canva

Surry Hills, NSW

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At Canva, we create tools that empower the world to design. 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 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 30 million active users across 190 different countries who have created more than 2 Billion designs. We are one of the world’s fastest-growing technology companies and we have only achieved about 1% of what we are capable of!

About the team:

Canva’s People Team is on a mission to build the most effective and engaged company in the world! Our success is in finding, growing and empowering the best engineers, designers, product managers, growth marketers and operators to ship incredible products for our global design community.  

About the role:

We are looking for maternity cover (9 months+) for a People Operations Lead to join the People Group. The People Operations Lead is critical in leading the evolution and delivery of core HR services across the company, including onboarding and offboarding, general HR support, policy advice and compliance, HRIS (Workday), data and analytics and managing a wide remit of change programs to enable the rapid growth of the company.

You’ll be leading the People Operations team and delivering key People projects and initiatives. Reporting directly to the Head of People, you’re responsible for delivering upon the company’s operational HR needs as well as thinking strategically about what’s next for the business. You’ll be coaching team members, as well as actively hiring and growing the team.

What you'll do:

  • Understanding each stage of the employee lifecycle and crafting integrated solutions with a focus on employee experience and continuous improvement.
  • Understanding business objectives and recommending new approaches, policies and programs that help the organisation to achieve those goals.
  • Building collaborative and outcome focused relationships with stakeholders at all levels to provide expert advice and hands on support for all people operations matters.
  • Growing and developing a team of highly effective People Operations generalists to deliver outstanding service, advice and solutions to the organisation.
  • Ensuring Canva’s policies comply with legislative and industrial requirements, whilst striking the right balance with Canva’s values and tone of voice. 
  • Managing the performance of our People systems, and providing timely and meaningful data and reporting  to meet organisational needs.
  • Enhancing people services and driving new ways of working with efficiency, automation and growth in mind.
  • Collaborating with People leadership to develop a shared strategy and roadmap, and partnering with other People teams such as Talent Acquisition, Learning & Development and People Partners to deliver on strategic priorities.

What we're looking for:

  • 5+ years of demonstrated experience in leading People Operations functions.
  • Experience leading People teams within tech, fast growing organisations and teams across multiple countries is a huge plus.
  • Change management, conflict resolution and negotiation skills.

You'll love this job if:

  • You’re a multiplier. You’re passionate about developing others and you coach your team to achieve extraordinary results.
  • You’re a great communicator. You’re a natural storyteller and have that ability to buy people into the narrative.
  • You’re pragmatic. You keep an eye on the bigger picture, whilst balancing the need to get things done. 
  • You love working collaboratively. You understand that People teams work best when working alongside the company to solve real business problems.
  • You’re customer focused. You set high standards for your team through an absolute relentless focus on customer service, feedback and quality.

About Canva

Office address

  • 110 Kippax Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010
  • Remote CBD, Everywhere

Company size

501-1000 people

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