Oct 27, 2021

Employment Counsel, EMEA

  • Canva
  • London
Legal

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 roleBased in London, Canva is looking for an experienced employment lawyer to be part of our highly motivated, tightly knit, and collaborative global legal team. Reporting to the Global Employment Counsel (based in Australia), this role will be the first employment law specialist to provide regional support to both our employee and contingent workforce across EMEA. 
If you’re someone who has the ability to deal with issues outside your experience and can learn quickly in a fast-paced and often unstructured environment, this is your opportunity!

What you’ll do:

  • Work closely with the Global Employment Counsel Team to ensure a consistent and collaborative approach to delivering employment law services to the region
  • Advise on day-to-day employment related matters throughout the region across Canva’s employee and contingent workforce
  • Advise on a wide range of matters, including grievance, disciplinary, attendance and performance management matters
  • Liaise with external counsel in EMEA and other jurisdictions as required
  • Draft and negotiate employment-related agreements, including severance agreements
  • Develop and maintain internal resources / templates for the regional team, including creation of playbooks
  • Lead complex and time sensitive projects and coordinate internal stakeholders and external advisors
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and review of workplace policies, processes, guidance and templates (subject to local law and practice)
  • Support Canva-wide learning initiatives including to deliver training on employment-related topics,  taking account of changes to the law, best practice and Canva
  • Work closely and collaboratively with key stakeholders including the People Team (aka HR), Total Rewards, Tax, Finance, Operations, and other parts of the Canva Group as required

What we’re looking for:

  • You have 5+ years of experience in employment law gained within a respected law firm or in house
  • You have a strong technical background and hands on experience partnering with or advising HR teams and other key stakeholders at international organizations on a broad range of employment matters
  • You have a sound understanding of all aspects of employment law across EMEA and have an an ability to apply that knowledge pragmatically in a commercial environment
  • You’re a skilled communicator and you have confidence and experience translating complex legal concepts into practical solutions to guide HR professionals and business people
  • You are risk aware, not risk averse 

We'd also love it if you have:

  • Experience advising on international employment matters across EMEA more broadly, including Austria, Czech Republic and Germany (although candidates without direct experience across these countries are encouraged to apply so long as you have some international experience)
  • Good understanding of GDPR
  • Hands on in-house experience at a rapidly growing international technology company 

Being a Force for good. One of our core values at Canva, “Being a force for good” means we are actively working towards a world that isn't just good for a small few, but one that’s good 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. To achieve this, we need to constantly work towards making Canva the best place to work, for everyone.
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.