Regulatory & Compliance Counsel

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 role

Canva is looking for an experienced Regulatory, Compliance & Government Affairs Counsel to be part of our highly motivated, tight-knit, and collaborative global Legal team. This role will be the first regulatory and compliance specialist to join the Canva team. You will be responsible for ensuring our business operations and procedures are consistent with our values and comply with legal regulations and policies around the world. As such you will be integral to keeping Canva informed of, and in compliance with, new laws and regulations applicable to our business.

This is a full-time position and will ideally be located in our Sydney office, but we are open to considering hybrid or remote working arrangements within Australia, California or Texas.

What you'll do

  • Conduct comprehensive business risk assessments to identify potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk; develop and implement risk mitigation and corrective action plans for areas of heightened risk; and provide training on how to avoid or deal with similar situations in the future.
  • Provide strategic advice to Canva on regulatory and compliance matters, including relating to anti-corruption (FCPA, UKBA and other regimes), prevention of modern slavery, vendor and supply chain management, global trade compliance and export controls.
  • Design and implement Canva group-wide compliance programs and related policies and be responsible for their ongoing implementation, management and improvement.
  • Partner with our Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs to develop and implement Canva’s public policy and government affairs initiatives, comment on pending legislation and shape external thought leadership.
  • Provide support to the Canva Foundation on compliance-related matters.
  • Ensure that complaints and alleged violations of law, rules and regulations are being appropriately identified, evaluated, investigated and resolved in a timely and effective manner
  • Regularly assess the efficiency of control systems and recommend effective improvements.
  • Collaborate with our product and privacy counsel team to provide guidance on product launches, security, data and privacy-related matters.

What we're looking for

  • Experienced gained from a global in-house organisation, preferably within the tech industry, although we'll also consider candidates from other in-house environments and law firms
  • You have a strong technical background and hands on experience partnering with cross-functional teams on a broad range of regulatory and compliance matters.
  • You are a skilled communicator and have confidence and experience translating legal concepts into solutions, to make complex things simple
  • Experience building and participating in compliance management systems, including performing compliance risk assessments and regulatory compliance reviews.
  • Ability to effectively frame issues to drive critical thinking and execution.
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.


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.