HR Policy and Compliance Lead - remote AU/NZ

Canva, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Amazingly Simple Graphic Design Software

Duration: Full-Time

Canva’s Commitment and Mission

At Canva, we celebrate diversity. We deeply believe that bringing together diversity of thoughts, perspectives and expression is key to building the best product, team and company. We look for many different skills and abilities, as well as how you can enhance Canva and our culture. So, even if you don’t think you quite meet all of the skills listed or tick all the boxes, we’d still love to hear from you! 

Our mission at Canva is to empower the world to design and since launching in 2013, we have grown exponentially, amassing over 86 million monthly active users across 190 different countries and a team of over 3,000 people… and the best bit is that we’ve only achieved 1% of what we know we’re capable of. 

Join us and design your future.

About the Team 

This opportunity sits within our People Group, in our People Operations team. The People Group's mission is to create the most effective and engaged company in the world. Our People Operations team is responsible for providing advice and support to our employees from onboarding through to offboarding, working closely with a wide variety of teams such as IT, Finance, Legal and our senior leaders to deliver exceptional employee experiences. 

At the heart of what makes our people experience world-class and seamless are strong problem solvers and collaborators, with a relentless focus on delivering friction-free employee experiences. Across the entire employee lifecycle, from onboarding all the way to offboarding, and everything in between, the People Operations team fuels Canva's hyper-growth by delivering seamless, scalable, and delightful people practices.

About the role

In this newly-created role as our subject matter expert (SME) for HR policies and compliance, you will lead our efforts in this space and coach our team on best practice. You will proactively evaluate our current state of play, future needs and scaleability, and operationalise your findings into actionable programs and initiatives which you will then lead end to end. You will play a key role in our global team and our growth, ensuring we minimise risk, meet our obligations and continue to deliver seamless employee experiences. You will communicate thoughtfully and impactfully with Canvanauts through our policies, training and internal communications to ensure our team understand, appreciate and connect with their purpose.

If your sweet spot is at the intersection of people, process and technology, and you get a kick out of streamlining, future-proofing and problem-solving for scale, this is the role for you.

**Please note: this role can be based in our Sydney office, or can be performed remotely from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand**

As our policy and compliance SME, you will...

  • Own Canva's policy creation, management and compliance efforts, coaching and guiding our teams on best practice policy creation
  • Develop a framework for policy governance and maintenance
  • Manage Canva's compliance-related projects, such as WGEA reporting and internal/external audits, and lead the implementation of any recommendations
  • Partner with our Legal and L&D teams to create and implement compliance training for employees and leaders
  • Develop and operationalise a systematic approach to capturing feedback to inform how we iterate or improve our policies and/or compliance
  • Proactively identify inefficiencies and gaps, leading subsequent improvement initiatives and programs end to end
  • Partner with HR teammates around the world to drive global alignment in policies and localise compliance requirements to the laws and regulations of each region

What we're looking for

  • Significant experience in HR and/or People Operations
  • Focused experience in the areas of policy and compliance
  • Experience using an HRIS (Workday experience highly regarded)
  • Experience working across regions with a geographically dispersed HR team
  • Exposure to ER/IR
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to adapt tone and style as needed (experience in internal communications will be highly regarded)
  • Experience working in a rapidly scaling business through global expansions and acquisitions (highly desirable)
  • Excellent problem solving skills, with the ability to balance the needs of the business and the employees while maintaining compliance
  • Comfortable working in highly ambiguous situations, with a proven ability to come up with scalable solutions for time-sensitive matters
  • Experience with IPO readiness or SOX compliance in the US (highly desirable)
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.

So, even if you don’t think you quite meet all of the 'what we're looking for' points listed above but are passionate about this role, we’d still love to hear from you!


Working at Canva 

Our culture is unlike anywhere else and we design your #CanvaLife experience to empower you to do the best work of your life.  

Whether you’re in the office, working from home or choosing your own adventure, our benefits for permanent Canvanauts include: 

Equity packages for you to truly be a part of the Canva journey. 
We have a hybrid work model (in-office & from home), with our offices are always open to you balancing flexibility and connection
Flexible leave so you can recharge, give back, support others or focus on your own professional development.
Inclusive parental leave policy that supports all parents and carers throughout their parenting and caring journey.
An annual Vibe & Thrive allowance. This is for you to spend on whatever will support your wellbeing and development.. because you know what you need to Vibe and Thrive, better than anyone.
Virtual and in-office wellness benefits including Canva University, Employee Assistant Programs and Fitness & Meditation Classes.
Canva For Good program matching your not-for-profit donations, Force for Good leave (3 paid volunteering days) and a range of sustainability and ethical initiatives to get involved in.   

We make hiring decisions based on your experience, skills and passion. Please note that interviews are conducted virtually. When you apply, please tell us the pronouns you use and any reasonable adjustments you may need during the interview process.

About Canva

About us At Canva, we create tools that empower the world to design. Our platform combines a drag-and-drop design tool with a stock library of over 1 million photographs, illustrations and imagery. You can also choose from hundreds of professional templates to create social media graphics, presentations, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more. Our mission is to make design simple for everyone. Driven 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.

Want to learn more about Canva? Visit Canva's website.