Finance & Legal

Payroll Specialist

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 50 million active users across 190 different countries who have created more than 5 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 team

Canva’s payroll function sits in the Canva HQ in Sydney, Australia and is part of the Finance Operations (FinOps) specialty. We manage payroll across our growing number of Canvanauts worldwide. Our headcount is growing quickly as we continue to scale the business with the finance team alone forecast to double in size in the next year.

About the role

The primary role of the Payroll Manager will be to own the end-to-end payroll process, activities and compliance for non-AU payroll entities, working with our outsourced payroll providers where applicable.

The role will also be able to understand compensation trends and perform people costs analysis, supporting the People teams as a Payroll Business Partner, and helping to scale the payroll function globally, including identifying process improvements and systems automation.

What you'll do:

  • Over the first 3 months at Canva, our payroll manager will take over full operation and oversight of non-AU payrolls including NZ (managed in-house) and other entities with outsourced payroll processing (US, EU Payroll across multiple countries)
  • By standardising the operation and accounting of outsourced payrolls, you will create efficiencies and create a streamlined process for onboarding, operating and reviewing outsourced payrolls
  • You'll work alongside the current Payroll Manager with all initiatives currently underway including further automating current payroll processes, creating a repository of standardised payroll process documentation, assisting with international payroll compliance matters and supporting month end close procedures
  • If successful, if you will lead the establishment a formal process for managing payroll related queries from staff and will be a key contributor to the central repository for payroll related information, including FAQ’s, Payslip info, Superannuation payment information etc. Collaborating with the HR Ops/People Team, the new hire will establish a process to help manage the growing number of payroll related queries from our staff

What we're looking for:

  • At least 3+ years of relevant payroll experience
  • Understanding of payroll compliance and comprehensive knowledge of Australian and/or international state and industry legislation
  • Analytical skills and the ability to understand costs, trends and provide insights;Ability to take ownership of processes and an eagerness to apply previous learnings to new challenges and evolve with the growth of the company
  • Ability to adapt to a fast-paced environment
  • A keen eye for detail
  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal and stakeholder management skills - delivering a great service to all levels of employees
  • Self motivated with a desire to learn
  • Highly organised with the ability to work under pressure and within set deadlines
  • Experience managing outsourced payroll providers + experience with Netsuite would be a bonus, but not essential!


  • Competitive salary on offer, plus equity options
  • Flexible working hours and a hybrid remote/office work model
  • In-house chefs that cook delicious breakfast and lunch for us each day!
  • Professional education allowance
  • Free Yoga membership
  • In house gym and personal trainer
  • Generous parental leave policy
  • Pet-friendly offices
  • Sponsored social clubs and team events + fun and quirky celebrations

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. 

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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.