Mar 24, 2023

Head of Finance Operations

  • Canva
  • San Francisco, California, United States

Job Description

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 office is in Sydney, Australia, but we've made our way from down under, to hubs in Austin and San Francisco, which are now home to our US operations. So whether you're in Texas or California, you have choice in where and how you work in each of those states. 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:

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.

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

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
Health benefits plans to support you and your wellbeing
401(k) retirement plan with company contribution
• 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.