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Head of Finance Operations

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About the group

Finance’s Mission is to be a world class team recognised and commended by its peers and stakeholders. The team is well respected and embedded within Canva, often sought for its opinions and inputs into company wide goals. We are the gatekeepers of the company's Financial growth goals and performance, supporting teams to achieve their goals through scaling and evolving our various operational processes and making sure the company meets its various external compliance requirements.

The Accounting team owns “what the numbers are” at Canva, ensuring that we provide accurate, consistent and reliable financial information to both our internal teams, our board and investors. We are at the core of the Finance team, with all other teams (FP&A, Strategy, Tax etc) all relying on the Financial information we produce. The Accounting team also owns the finance operating cycles of Procure to Pay, Quote to Cash, Treasury and Payroll - critical business facing operations that support our Groups to achieve their goals.

About the role

The role of the Head of Finance Operations is a highly visible, broad and impactful leadership role. As Canva continues to grow globally, so does the size and complexity of our Finance operations and global accounting requirements.

Based in the Sydney head office, the role will be responsible for overseeing our Finance operating cycles and processes, determining and driving the strategy of how they continue to scale and transform globally as we continue to grow existing locations, add in new locations and work closely as part of Finance leadership to solve our most complex cross-functional challenges. They will be responsible for delivering on a number of key priorities and goals.

The role will work closely with other teams within Finance including FP&A, Tax and cross functionally with other leaders in Groups such as the People Group, Legal, IT, Sales and the wider business.

The role will be a coach and a leader to a number of team members who are also leading teams themselves, and also be responsible for continuing to build out the high performing team.

What you'll do

  • Overall owner of our Finance Operations including Revenue to Cash, Treasury, Contributor Payments and Payroll cycles. Responsible for driving the vision of how we scale, automate and transform globally to supporting business growth and the accounting and compliance requirements that are ever becoming more complex
  • Evolution of controls and review processes, metrics and reporting, instilling best practice and ensuring an amazing customer experience
  • The role will also work closely with the Procure to Pay team on the Finance operating requirements of their processes, as well as support Finance's involvement in Canva's Real Estate strategy
  • Supporting the operationalisation of US GAAP reporting requirements into our operating cycles (working with our core and technical accounting and reporting teams)
  • Coach and leader of a number of growing teams
  • Working with wider Finance leadership on projects and transactions that arise

What we're looking for

  • We’re looking for a seasoned Finance professional with broad experience across Finance operations and accounting, change management and transformation
  • A big problem solver that is happy to take on any challenge, get their hands dirty and figure out a solution. Their communication is exceptional, able to distill complex problems and recommendations with ease to senior business leaders
  • Experience in leading and growing large teams, and are keen for a fresh challenge in taking Canva’s global Finance Operations through transformation and to the next level of scale
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.


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