Finance & Legal

Financial Controller

Sydney – Full-time

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!

The Finance and Legal Group’s mission is to protect and serve Canva and its stakeholders. That means we empower every team within the company to work quickly and autonomously, while at the same time maintaining compliance in all areas. 

As a fast growing group, we’ve only scratched the surface of the insights we can provide, and our potential to influence Canva’s strategic decisions.

The vision is for Canva to be recognised and commended by its peers and stakeholders as having a world-class Finance and Legal team.

The Team

The FinOps team’s mission is to ensure that we have an accurate and complete data set upon which to perform timely financial analysis.

We are at the core of the Finance Group, providing transactional services and financial data relied upon by the business and the wider finance team alike (encompassing general ledger, treasury, accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll). 

FinOps is the largest team within Finance and continues to scale to support the business, including a Shared Services team based in Manila and local Sydney, China and Manila teams.

The Candidate

Canva is looking for a Financial Controller to lead and grow our global FinOps team. This is a highly visible role that will work closely with other team leads within Finance, and Finance Leadership.

You will have a passion for mentoring, empowering and developing people, helping support the team members setting their own strategies and direction as they build out their sub teams / functions. Helping the team deliver on its regular cadences and driving goals and projects forward.

You will have strong experience working in similar finance roles, building and growing successful teams and eye for good controls, process development and improvement at scale.

You will have a strong technical background and a keen eye for detail. 

You will know how to operate and be successful in a high growth environment, and thrive on problem solving and dealing with ambiguity, willing to get your hands dirty when needed.

Your interpersonal and communication skills are first class, allowing you to develop strong professional relationships.

What you'll do:

  • Leading, mentoring and developing a strong team of high performing members, including with our Shared Services and local Team Leads in Manila
  • Owning the overall strategy and direction of the team, helping them to set goals and roadmaps and achieve them as they build out their own subteams, determining new hiring needs as the team continues to scale
  • Working closely with our other teams within Finance, include Corporate Accounting, Procurement, Tax, FP&A and Commercial Finance, working on cross cutting processes or initiatives, collaborating to achieve group wide goals as we strive to be a world class Finance team
  • Having a holistic lens across all FinOps activities, doing final month end reviews and ensuring the timeliness, accuracy and consistency of the month end close and resulting numbers
  • Ensuring  a robust documentation and control environment

We'd love it if you had:

  • 10+ years experience, with a number of years in a similar commercial role a must
  • Professional experience in a similar industry or high growth company experience being advantageous
  • Demonstrated ability in building out and leading high performing teams and developing team capabilities
  • Experience with Cloud ERPs such as Netsuite
  • Exceptional communication and stakeholder management skills
  • CA/CPA qualified or equivalent qualification
  • Advanced MS Excel skills

Canva is currently one of Australia’s hottest technology startups and has been ranked Australia’s #1 place to work. We mean it when we say we want to create a workplace that you love coming to. Our culture is unlike anywhere else and our offices are designed with workspaces for every mood, to help you do great work. At Canva you can be part of a company that is growing rapidly, building a product that users really love. Psst -We have two in-house chefs that whip up amazing breakfasts and lunches for the whole team - check out what's cooking at: