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Creative Lead (International), Visual Content

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Where and how you can work

Our flagship campus is in Sydney. We also have a campus in Melbourne and co-working spaces in Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. But you have choice in where and how you work. That means if you want to do your thing in the office (if you're near one), at home or a bit of both, it's up to you. 

What you’d be doing in this role

As Canva scales change continues to be part of our DNA. But we like to think that's all part of the fun. So this will give you the flavour of the type of things you'll be working on when you start, but this will likely evolve.

About Visual Content
Canva’s in-house Visual Content team is on a mission to empower our users around the world by providing them with world-class, inspirational Templates and Elements that help them achieve their creative goals. 

We work from concept to creation on high quality, globally relevant, trend-setting creative across Canva’s product ecosystem (Presentations, Docs, Whiteboards, Social Media, Websites, Print, to name but a few!), Brand Partnerships, Seasonal and Cultural Campaigns, Education, and Diversity Initiatives.

Visual Content is responsible for setting the overall Creative Strategy and Direction for the content that sits within Canva’s library, entrusted with holding our content and its creators to the highest of standards. Our job is to ensure that our library provides end-to-end content solutions that enable our users, whether they be Professionals, Educators, or first-time Designers, with the tools they need to create beautiful designs. 

Our team partners with many stakeholders across the Canva organization, including Product, Marketing, and Search & Recommendations to devise, design and deliver creative content that showcases the very best of Canva’s products and services.

About the Role
Sitting within the Visual Content group, the Creative Lead (International) provides leadership in global and local cultural design considerations across international markets for Visual Content. This role is responsible for driving qualitative, technical and visual excellence in the execution of our content for all products in Canva’s ecosystem. They will provide leadership to their Locale Creative Leads, and partner with the Visual Content Group Lead and Strategy leads on best practices for Canva's international content.

You will oversee ownership of all international Creative Direction and provide cultural insights and expertise across all key Strategic Pillars in the Visual Content Group, inclusive of our Core Library, Worksuite, Education, Campaigns, Curation and Diversity. 

Working closely with the Visual Content Product and Content Craft Leads, Strategy Creative Leads as well as key external stakeholders, you will develop and advise on international content aligned to Canva's market and product growth strategies. 

You will be expected to have a strong understanding of all aspects of Canva's Content Library, content strategy, technical requirements combined with deep expertise in designing across cultures, to enable them to coach your Locale Creative Leads in craft and leadership skills. 
Your collaboration with stakeholders across the company will enable Visual Content to surface high quality content across our Search, Marketing, and Marketplace touchpoints, working closely with Product to evolve the presentation and distribution of curated content across Canva. As well as content created by our In-House design team, you will partner with our Community teams to surface the best content delivered by our global network of Creators. 

We move fast here at Canva, and this role will certainly keep you on your toes. We are looking for someone who loves to get stuff done. You’re who we want to work with if you can balance your brilliant creative streak with ruthless prioritization that moves projects rapidly along.

We believe in attracting and nurturing world-class talent with a focus on diversity, community, career development – and doing the best work of our lives.

What you'll do (responsibilities)

  • Build a deeply collaborative working relationship between the International and Strategic, Product, and Content teams within Visual Content, ensuring that you and your team are tightly aligned with Group priorities, strategy and craft excellence.
  • Grow and maintain strong relationships with the Principle Creative Lead (Product + Content) as well as the external Product Localisation team to advocate for International Content needs in the product development process.
  • Own development, implementation and maintenance of Visual Standards and Technical requirements for our international content in partnership with the Locale Creative Leads.
  • Integrate user research and insights from Content Strategy & Insights (CSI) and Global Services to ensure our Templates are meeting the needs of our international users and helping to drive Canva's goals.
  • Collaborate with Creative Leads (Strategy), in particular the Campaign Strategy lead for Seasonal Events and Local Marketing Campaigns, to build local and cultural insights into strategic plans.
  • Recommend production streams in line with budget and ROI to support the development of International Templates as the business requires. 
  • Brief International Creative Leads on upcoming initiatives and goals, and see them through to completion. 
  • Be responsible as the primary approver of Creative Direction for International Template Design across all of Canva's library.
  • Lead campaign analysis and retrospectives on how International content across different products and locales are performing, and make recommendations to Visual Content and Leadership on improvements to drive growth and quality. 
  • Advocate for design across cultures at a Group Level, bing the "go-to" for advocating authentic international design for International Content across the Canva product. 
  • Represent VC in Show and Tells to share wins, best practice and product insights, and proactively share knowledge and insights on Cultural Design area via ‘Brownbags’ and other accessible documentation
  • Coach team members across your area of craft expertise, championing world-class user experience for International templates design. 
  • Continuously develop your understanding of design across cultures, identifying creative trends and product features that will enhance our International content experience.
  • Monitor the competitive landscape and advocate innovation in our International Templates design, both across your team and to Visual Content leadership. 
  • Identify areas for skills growth and career development across your Coachees.

What we're looking for:

  • Be an expert on international design culture and trends and ensure that Canva content remains current, relevant and authentic in our international markets.
  • Have extensive previous experience leading an international creative team of designers, overseeing both bespoke and localized creative content in a fast paced Digital Media environment. 
  • Have an acute understanding of the different content needs across our products and user groups, particularly how user content needs and expectations change depending on their locale, and leverage that knowledge to deliver authentic, local sets of content that enables those users to achieve their tasks efficiently and at high quality.
  • A senior leader who is comfortable communicating and engaging with Canva leadership, organizational stakeholders, and growing, coaching and mentoring a team of editorially minded individuals. 
  • A keen eye for what makes great design, and how creative trends and aesthetics can be adapted or changed to resonate with a local audience. 
  • A great understanding of cultural nuances, aesthetics, trends and sensitivities across a wide range of international regions (Asia, Middle East, India, South America etc.)
  • An ability to interpret international user trends and data, working collaboratively with our Content Strategy and Insights team to use that insight to bring our editorial and curated content to life in a timely fashion. 
  • Ability to work autonomously in a fast-paced, high-growth environment, driving momentum with strategic projects and large-change initiatives even amongst ambiguity. 
What's in it for you?

Achieving our crazy big goals motivates us to work hard - and we do - but you'll experience lots of moments of magic, connectivity and fun woven throughout life at Canva, too. We also offer a stack of benefits to set you up for every success in and outside of work.

Here's a taste of what's on offer:
• Equity packages - we want our success to be yours too
• Inclusive parental leave policy that supports all parents & carers
• An annual Vibe & Thrive allowance to support your wellbeing, social connection, office setup & more
• Flexible leave options that empower you to be a force for good, take time to recharge and supports you personally

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Other stuff to know

We make hiring decisions based on your experience, skills and passion, as well as how you can enhance Canva and our culture. When you apply, please tell us the pronouns you use and any reasonable adjustments you may need during the interview process.

Please note that interviews are conducted virtually. 


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