Jun 08, 2022

Product Design Group Lead - Design Productivity

  • Canva
  • Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Job Description

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 Product Design team

One of the principles of our design team is to ‘show the future’. As designers we transport the rest of the company into a future we’re yet to build. A big part of the role of a product designer at Canva is to be a visionary—visualising and reinventing the future of design. 
Product designers at Canva take the dream and make it something everyone can relate to and rally behind. We start from the very early stages: finding the right problem to tackle, exploring ideas for how to solve it and then refining it into a coherent solution. Our product designers carry out research, brainstorming, sketching, prototyping, and collaboration with our engineers to ship great products.  We are empathetic user advocates and respect our users’ opinions through interviews, usability testing, and data analysis, as well as wireframing, flowcharting, and journey mapping to show the different stages that customers go through as they come into contact with Canva.

About the group you’ll be joining 

The Teams & Education supergroup is on a mission to inspire everyone to create and collaborate together. Canva’s subscription products including Pro, Teams, Education and Nonprofits are product-led from within the Teams & Education supergroup, as well as all the core team product experiences such as content management and collaboration. 2022 is the year of the Teams Dream at Canva, with a huge focus on winning teams after seeing huge success for teams growth in 2021. 

Within the Teams & Education supergroup is the Design Productivity group. The Design Productivity group is on a mission to power up design workflows to help everyone from kindergarten to the workplace grow and scale. This means empowering teams, workplaces, and classrooms to use Canva in new and exciting ways to achieve their goals - whether that’s creating a brand from scratch, launching their first website, scheduling content to social media, or generating hundreds of high-quality designs in a just a couple of clicks. 

So far we’ve launched a range of capabilities to scale design needs but this is just the beginning of our journey. As the Product Design Lead joining the Design Productivity group, you will help us drive towards making Canva a household name.

About you

  • We are searching for an experienced Product Design Lead to help us lead the design team in the Design Productivity group. As the Product Design Lead, you will lead the design direction and UX strategy for how Canva can:
  • Boost productivity through powerful data and insights.
  • Inspire users to collaboratively plan, create and execute designs.
  • Help teams of all kinds stay on-brand with brand kits and brand templates.
  • Power up design workflows with integrations.
…plus more!
  • This role requires you to thrive in a collaborative fast-paced environment, working with Product, Engineering, Design, Marketing, Sales and everyone else in between. You have experience coaching and leading product designers and your communication skills empower you to inspire your teams to dream and achieve crazy big goals.

Goals you'll achieve in the first 6-12 months

  • Building relationships with your design team, and learning how you can best support them;
  • Collaborating and building relationships with your squad as well as teams both within and outside the Design Productivity group;
  • Understanding the Canva product, our Teams offerings and our 2022 strategy;
  • Understanding the different types of businesses using Canva today, how we acquire them, how they form, what they value, and why they stay;
  • Understanding the different verticals Canva is targeting and their needs;
  • Understanding Canva’s business - how we build product, grow, our levers and metrics;
  • Familiarise yourself with existing design patterns and systems;
  • Work closely with Product Managers, Engineers, Content Designers, and other Product Designers to envision the future of what it means to boost productivity in every team;
  • Evolve our new ‘winning every business’ strategy, identifying high impact initiatives and gaining stakeholder buy-in across Canva;
  • Work with other product leads across Canva to influence the roadmap of all Canva’s groups to meet the needs of all our business users.

What you’ll do

  • Lead Product Design projects across one of Canva’s commercial groups.
  • Contribute to scaling the Product Design team.
  • Collaborate with Product Managers and Engineering Leads to make sure you’re prioritizing the most important features/experiences.
  • Work closely with your team developing Canva’s design productivity experiences – and ensure that they work well with future teams and collaboration features/experiences.
  • Clearly communicate future design directions with key stakeholders including Group Leads, Design Leaders and Founders.
  • Plan for future design resourcing needs with the Teams and Education Supergroup Lead and Head of Design.
  • Help provide clarity to your design team through clear articulation of vision and strategy.
  • Provide design feedback to team members with sensitivity and honesty, helping them to grow and develop their skills.
  • Ensure our designers always design to our high standards of simplicity and usability.
  • Produce and integrate effective & efficient design practices.
  • Support the team’s scalability through documentation and process improvement.

Experience you'll have

  • Experience as a Product Design Lead, UX Manager or Design Director, directing strategy and design across a team.
  • Direct experience with collaborating and communicating with senior stakeholders.
  • Strong design coaching experience - you know how to make an impact through empowering, growing and motivating other designers.
  • A track-record of tackling complex problems and delivering simple, elegant solutions. You hold a high-bar for designing clean, elegant, and usable designs.
  • Deep understanding of how to uncover user needs through research and user empathy. 
  • Experience fostering an inclusive, open, and engaged design team culture. 
  • Extensive experience working with Engineers on feasibility, detailed design and finding solutions to complex problems.
  • Experience working with Brand Designers, Graphic Designers and having strong empathy for graphic design and its impact on business results.
  • A strong sense of design ethics - understanding that the design decisions we make at Canva impact millions of lives, every day.
  • A portfolio that demonstrates experience in product thinking where you have previously shipped UX/UI design for digital products.
  • You enjoy a little flexibility in your work. Our growth means there are constantly new things to work on every day, as such it’s likely that you’ll often be working across the board on new and exciting projects.
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), so while our offices are always open to you, we aim to come together for 8 days a year at minimum - 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.