Finance & Legal team

Senior Commercial Contracts Counsel

Austin – Full-time
About Canva
At Canva, we create tools that empower the world to design. 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 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 30 million active users across 190 different countries who have created more than 2 Billion designs. We are one of the world’s fastest growing technology companies and we have only achieved about 1% of what we are capable of!

About the role
Canva is seeking a business-minded, technology focused lawyer to serve as our first US based counsel, who will take an entrepreneurial approach and serve as a key voice in the room providing advice to our growing Teams, Enterprise and Education (TEE) team in Austin, TX. You will help Canva to continue its growth and success in the US, with a focus on TEE products including Canva for Enterprise product, Canva for Education and strategic partnerships. You will join a dynamic global legal team working on a variety of innovative legal issues across the entire company.  You will be required to leverage your expertise, good judgement and strong business sense to help us grow Canva in the US,  while assessing and mitigating legal risk.

What you'll do:

  • Act as the primary legal advisor to our US-based TEE team, including with regard to local compliance and setup of a physical office in Austin, TX. 
  • Review, draft and negotiate commercial agreements including for Canva for Enterprise, Canva for Education, reseller agreements and other strategic partnerships. 
  • Respond promptly to legal requests from the enterprise sales team in the US, and implement scalable and effective processes to effectively manage these requests as we scale. 
  • Keep current on relevant industry standards, laws, and regulations.
  • Develop and deliver training and scalable written guidance to the TEE team.

What we're looking for:

  • You have a strong technical background and significant hands-on experience in SaaS contracting at a rapidly growing technology company.
  • You are excited to roll up your sleeves, learn the business  and proactively identify and analyze opportunities and risks.
  • You have excellent communication skills and can make complex communications simple.
  • You are comfortable participating in cross-functional and distributed teams. 
  • You are a pragmatic, business minded lawyer who wants to help build our business and grow a legal team in Austin, TX.
  • You are risk aware, not risk averse.
  • You are a collaborative team player with strong interpersonal skills and a collegial attitude.

Minimum requirements:

  • Admission to one bar (California preferred)
  • 8+ years practicing law (though more experience is welcome)
  • Hands on in-house experience at a rapidly growing SaaS business.


  • Opportunity to be part of one of the world’s fastest-growing tech companies.
  • Equity in one of the fastest-growing companies in the world.
  • Flexible working hours, we value work-life balance
  • Sponsored social clubs and team events.
  • Fun and quirky celebrations.

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