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Data Scientist - Security Insights

Join the team redefining how the world experiences design.

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Thanks for stopping by. We know job hunting can be a little time consuming and you're probably keen to find out what's on offer, so we'll get straight to the point.

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

Your primary goal will be to uncover opportunities for the Security Group to measure risk and provide concrete recommendations as to how to realise those opportunities, that is, to influence the business roadmap using data. You will do this by:

  • Metrics Development : Collaborate with security and business stakeholders to define and implement OKRs and KPIs that measure the effectiveness of security initiatives and align with business objectives.
  • Insight Generation : Translate technical findings into clear business-centric narratives, answering the "so what?" questions to drive strategic decision-making.
  • Statistical Analysis: Apply statistical techniques, models, and visualization tools to identify patterns, trends, anomalies within security datasets; evaluate the effectiveness of security controls, and correlate to business progress.
  • Reporting and Communication : Develop compelling reports, dashboards, and presentations that effectively communicate insights to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Cross-Team Collaboration : Work closely with security engineers, software engineers, and business leaders to proactively identify areas where data-driven insights can improve our security posture and market strategy.

You're probably a match if

  • You have proven record of influencing the business with data, and ideally directly contributing to company security risk measurement.
  • You have a strong base in the fundamental technical skills of data science – hypothesis-driven problem solving, using SQL & Python to wrangle data, numerical thinking, designing & forecasting goal metrics, uncovering strategic insights, and storytelling with data.
  • You have the soft skills & personal qualities that tend to make data scientists successful – attention to accuracy, interpreting data faithfully, speaking persuasively in public, and writing concisely and clearly.
  • You may have experience in the security domain, with familiarity with security concepts, threats, and industry standards.
  • You may have a grounding in mathematics/statistics and a bachelor's degree in a STEM area.
  • You have worked in a tech company before and are familiar with the way a tech company operates and some of the concepts particular to our industry.


About the team


At Canva, our mission is to empower the world to design, and we’re looking for insightful data scientists who can help us make that happen.

Our product has grown enormously in the last few years. We now have 100s of millions of users generating enormous quantities of data every single day. To help us fuel our future growth, we need to better understand our data - this is where we need your help.

We're looking for self-motivated individuals who are curious about our product and our users, and who are excited to seek out valuable insights. We don’t want you to just be a resource that answers questions - we want you to act as a genuine data partner with your team and the broader business. We have a LOT of data and need people who can use their skills to help us make the most of it!

The Security Insights team is a newly established team with a critical mission: scaling our data analytics capabilities to enhance our security posture. One of our key focuses is to measure, monitor, and work to reduce risks associated with permission and access to customer data. Your insights will inspire teams throughout Canva, helping us improve procedures and adopt the best tools to safeguard customer data.

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

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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