Oct 20, 2021

Creative Project Manager for Motion & Animation

  • Canva
  • SYDNEY OR REMOTE (AUS/NZ)

Job Description

We’re constantly working towards making Canva the best place to work, for everyone. We believe deeply that bringing together diversity of thoughts, perspectives and expression is key for building the best product for our equally diverse community all around the world. We celebrate uniqueness and whatever makes you, you and encourage everyone who wants to help us transform the way the world designs, to join us on this journey. We value all different types of experiences. If you don’t think you quite meet all of the qualifications, we’d still love to hear from you.  
About UsAt Canva, our mission is to democratise design and empower creativity for anyone and everyone, on every platform. Inspired by a team of talented thinkers, an amazing culture and a remarkable growth trajectory – we’re out to change the world, one design at a time. 
Since launch in August 2013, we have grown exponentially, amassing over 60 million monthly active users across 190 different countries who have created more than 6 Billion designs. We are one of the world’s fastest-growing technology companies and we have only achieved about 1% of what we want to do.
About the Motion Team
You’ll be joining the Motion Team to help us on our mission to create a diverse, fresh and inspiring motion library for Canva users. The Motion Team sits within our Ingredient Studio, this team ensures that Canva realises its goal to empower our users to design and create with the highest quality photos, elements, stickers, videos and audio tracks that our users need for their designs.
You will be working as an integral part of the team (at times we all collaborate on tasks to make them happen faster), as well as taking on unique projects to help us achieve our season goals.

About You
You have a love for organisation, timelines, you enjoy the challenge of juggling multiple projects and have a passion for creative management. You are a calm, approachable operator who exemplifies the Canva value of 'making complex things simple'. Ideally you will come from a tech company or a creative agency background with a combination of creative, tech and project management experience.

What you'll do

  • Oversee a program of  work delivering creative solutions on time and to brief for our Motion team
  • Partner with the Motion Team Leads to develop, and deliver, 'crazy big goals' that motivate the team to create extraordinary work that helps drive Canva's growth
  • Using your understanding of the creative production process to confidently communicate motion design and animation projects to creatives
  • Collaborate with our stakeholders to ensure the creative team has sufficient time and resources to deliver exceptional work. Ownership, and leadership, of creative resourcing and capacity tracking
  • Optimise team processes to ensure the Motion Design teams are operating efficiently, and happily, while delivering world class creative solutions
  • Build an innovative and inclusive creative culture

You'll love this role if...

  • 5+ years of experience in a Project Management role with a creative studio, agency or tech company
  • Experience prioritising, managing and tracking multiple projects simultaneously with the ability to work autonomously in a fast-paced, high-growth environment. Able to talk to project management tools and resource planning with experience optimising team processes
  • Experience working on a tech or digital product, with a broad understanding of the engineering environment
  • You have the magic ability to interpret creative briefs and understand the resource and skills required to deliver exceptional, high quality work
  • You love building relationships that lead to team success and business growth
  • You are a people person who thrives in a team and collaborative working environments

Goals you'll achieve in your first 12 months...

  • Exponentially grow the motion library within Canva
  • Shape and create strong foundational processes for the new Motion team 
  • Identify and troubleshoot pain points present in other team’s processes (i.e Photos and Graphics team)
  • Develop strong communication lines between the templates team and motion team 
  • Develop strong communication lines between all Art Directors in the Ingredients Studio and the Motion Team
  • Create briefs for in-house and external production
  • Research sources to acquire this content
  • Carry out necessary steps to get content produced/acquired
  • Get content into Canva and showcase it/surface it where necessary

The day to day

  • Work with direction from Creative lead to manage projects
  • Researching relevant content and styles and apply that research to creative briefs
  • Research the project topics and determine the most high value content (most usable content for certain Canva users)
  • Liaise with other internal teams (e.g. Templates team) to receive and action requests 
  • Work with team members and team processes to ensure relevant docs/trackers are updated
  • Liaise with Animators to address questions they may have, ensure all admin tasks related to production and acquisition (contracts, invoices etc.) are up to date and complete
  • Work within the appropriate team tracking (Google Sheets, Monday.com etc.)
  • Reach out to animators/motion artists and negotiate acquiring distribution rights to images
  • Curate animated content into collections

We make hiring decisions based on your experience, skills and passion. If you’re keen to apply and need reasonable adjustments or would like to note which pronouns you use at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.