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Senior Technical Program Manager - Developer Platform

Join the team redefining how the world experiences design.

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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.

At the moment, this role is focused on:

  • Work with a varied group of stakeholders to define and deliver key business outcomes. 
  • Ensure an appropriate degree of consistency in planning, documentation and core practices across teams to ensure meaningful velocity and promote our ability to scale how teams work across Canva
  • Understand the technical solution, be able to facilitate technical discussions with Engineering teams, help identify and close gaps
  • Build partnerships with cross-functional teams to influence decisions, drive alignment and prioritization
  • Monitor and track delivery status across multiple teams and projects
  • Promote accountability towards sustainable program delivery
  • Manage open issues relating to program delivery
  • Assess and manage program risks
  • Manage dependencies across teams and groups
  • Facilitate effective, timely and transparent team decision making practices
  • Facilitate continual improvement rituals to build the effectiveness of product development and engineering teams
  • Build a culture and environment to achieve excellence and innovation

You're probably a match if

  • You have a minimum of 5 years TPM experience at a SaaS company
  • You have a deep understanding of Agile product development processes and worked on internal tools, i.e. internal customers
  • You have a understanding of software development processes, methodologies, and best practices.
  • You have a understanding of the developer tools, workflows and platforms commonly used in the industry like Git, Bazel, etc
  • You are familiar with developer productivity metrics or frameworks
  • You are familiarity with CI/CD pipelines and tools to automate software delivery processes.
  • You are comfortable with ambiguity in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities and have a love for navigating complexity
  • You have the leadership capability to ensure clarity, alignment and accountability to achieve our crazy big goals
  • You are a natural communicator who leads through influence, not authority
  • You are motivated to provide an inclusive and psychologically safe environment for our diverse team to collaborate together, in a timely fashion, towards shared goals
  • You have an introspective focus to continually improve the effectiveness of Canva’s teams
  • You are dedicated to personal growth and improving in your craft as a TPM 
  • You have the ability to think strategically but also able to make crazy big goals happen. This role will be very hands-on!

About the Developer Platform

The Developer Platform Group owns the coding life cycle at Canva – from ideas through to production. Our mission is “To forge a delightful ecosystem for engineers at Canva, amplifying their craft and enabling them to ship fast and correct. At scale.” We create an environment in which developers can do their best work.

As a Technical Program Manager for Developer Platform, it is your mission to work closely with senior managers and product development teams to build a sustainable culture of positive urgency in delivery. You will lead complex, multi-disciplinary programs and be equally comfortable working with leadership to set strategic goals and clarify priorities, as you are with teams to communicate program status, escalate issues and manage dependencies as you are discussing technical trade-offs with an engineer.
 

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 range 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

Check out lifeatcanva.com for more info.

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.

We celebrate all types of skills and backgrounds at Canva so even if you don’t feel like your skills quite match what’s listed above - we still want to hear from you!

Please note that interviews are conducted virtually.

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