At Canva, we create tools that empower the world to design. Our mission is to make design simple for everyone. Inspired by a team of talented thinkers, an amazing culture and remarkable growth trajectory – we’re out to change the world, one design at a time.
Launched in August 2013, our platform combines a drag-and-drop design tool that is used by more than 10 million users across 190 different countries who have created more than 850 million designs (that’s 20 designs created every second). And we’ve only achieved about 1% of what we’re capable of …
A little bit about Canva China
In late 2017 we set out to bring the world’s most loved design tool to the world’s largest internet market, China. We were thrilled to have launched our China web and mobile product in August 2018, with thousands of users signing up to Canva China each day. We’re now a team of over 80 people split across Beijing and Wuhan, spanning from engineering, growth, sales, design and operations.
About the role
We're looking for an experienced HR Country Lead/People Partner to join our team to build the best company in the world. In this role you will be a strong People Partner to local senior leaders and in addition to this, manage and developing a team of talented HR professionals working across HR Operations, Office management and Talent Acquisition.
You’ll be a champion of Canva’s values, work closely with the global People team, team leads and people to coach, navigate and solve problems, and develop and launch programs to support all Canvanauts to be successful in China and beyond.
Reporting to Canva China’s Country Manager with a dotted-line to Global Head of HR, you will play a key role in scaling Canva China and helping us build our global company of 2000+.
You will be highly successful because you are passionate about people; progressive with how you think about org design; comfortable with the challenges of scaling high growth companies; want to make a mark in building the best company in the world and care deeply about developing HR professionals who are the heartbeat and champions of company values and culture.
What you’ll do
Work with the Global People team, Country Manager and local leadership to build a strong roadmap of priorities for the China People Group and support the teams to execute.
Manage and develop a local team of Recruiters and HR Administrators, developing team expertise while being the key HR Business Partner to local leaders. Having a passion to develop other HR Professionals is a must.
Act as a role model and coach, develop and lead the People Group through rapid change. Support our leaders as they scale their teams and navigate the complexities surrounding that.
Act as a sounding board and confidante for Canva Leaders as they navigate employee issues, grievances, performance challenges and other HR situations.
Partner with leadership in China and across the globe to achieve company-wide goals.
Help build a world-class people strategy that fully embodies our philosophies around empowerment, “minimum viable structure”, goal-driven organisation design etc. while contributing your unique insights from an HR perspective.
Support leaders to develop and roll out programs to help with hiring, onboarding, team development, designing and delivering learning programs, individual growth and development, performance and HR issues.
Drive high performance & high engagement in China. Proactively driving strategies to increase engagement and retention.
Identify problems and opportunities for China, and work with our broader People team to leverage the available resources, help prioritise and plan our People roadmap, and fill the gap with immediate short-term solutions.
Collaborate with the global People team to ensure alignment across key initiatives related to culture, values, engagement and performance etc.
Deliver on strategic people programs that have a positive impact in China and at Canva around the world.
Who you’ll be:
Have the passion and drive to build the best company in the world.
Think and act like a Founder, demonstrating heart and ownership in building the best company in the world.
10+ years experience in the HR field.
Passionate about growing and developing a talented People Team.
Experience collaborating with global HR teams, while making things local
Proven leadership experience and the ability to see the “broad picture” and operate strategically in all functions. You bring a great blend of hands-on operational and design/strategy experience and have a deep understanding of strategic HRM.
You’re able to synthesise lots of complex information to come up with solutions with tangible impact.
Proven experience leading and thriving in a dynamic and rapidly changing environment, and leading organisational change initiatives.
You’re well-versed in contemporary people strategies, and talent development. Ideally, you have implemented or worked with these for a period of time at a progressive organisation.
Data-driven and results focussed. Must have prior experience with both quantitative and qualitative data — tracking, measuring and evaluating outcomes to demonstrate impact.
You demonstrate a high degree of judgement and can juggle a diverse range of priorities, working with a wide range of stakeholders.
Able to align and bring clarity during uncertainty; proven experience rallying others behind a vision and building a high performing team.
Can balance working individually and autonomously with working in and alongside a range of teams — you’re comfortable being part of a team, leading projects, or owning things; whatever the job calls for!
While we won’t be taking any blood samples, we’d love to see some Startup DNA – you will need to be flexible, pragmatic, strategic, tenacious, and take ownership of deliverables and outcomes.
A professional and compassionate leader who knows how to build strong, collaborative relationships.