People Strategy & Planning Lead


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 75 million monthly active users across 190 different countries and a team of over 2,800 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 team & role
In order to become the best company in the world, Canva needs to hire the best people on the planet to do the best work of their lives. To help us get there, our Recruiting Enablement team are constantly finding new ways to improve the quality, efficiency and inclusivity of our hiring, so we’re ready to do good and hire better. This means constantly switching up and changing how we do things.

This role is the first of its kind at Canva, responsible for implementing a robust framework around workforce planning strategy and scaling our operational processes seamlessly. Working within our Talent Acquisition team, this person will collaborate across all levels, teams and groups at Canva to ensuring that we have the right people, in the right place, with the right skills, at the right time. 


What you’ll do:


  • Implement an approach for how to best design, grow and resource our team by deeply understanding Canva’s business strategy, the internal and external talent landscape and supply and demand of critical skills.
  • Collaborate and work cross functionally with TA Leads, Internal Mobility, People Partners, Finance Partners and our Goals Squad to develop short and long term forecasts for company-wide headcount growth and understand the associated impact on our hiring capacity and financial position.
  • Drive company headcount planning cadences, working with our senior leadership teams to forecast future headcount growth, mapped to company goals.
  • Establish a regular cadence and process for refreshing and refining workforce plans, ensuring that plans are kept up to date and deliver meaningful information to teams that rely on accurate headcount forecasts.
  • In partnership with IT, implement workforce planning tooling that enables visualisation, scenario planning, streamlined approvals and real time workforce dashboards (e.g. Workday Adaptive Planning, position and requisition management, skills mapping). 

    What we’re looking for:


  • Demonstrated experience in Workforce Planning, People Analytics or Talent Acquisition
  • Experience partnering with Finance/FP&A on headcount forecasting, experience with company-wide planning processes.
  • Extremely proficient in workforce planning methods, tools and systems (Excel, Adaptive, Workday).
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills including ability to influence senior leaders within a highly matrixed organisation.
  • Excellent attention to detail and outstanding analytical skills to produce accurate, quality reporting.
  • Experience leading and developing teams.
  • Must be self-motivated, collaborative, flexible, willing to roll up your sleeves and able to work autonomously.





    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.
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