Head of Design (Creative Director) at Canva
Manila, PH
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 April 2013 we have grown exponentially, amassing over 10 million active users across 179 different countries who have created more than 850 million 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!
As a company with design so central to its DNA, our design teams play an integral part in the vision and success of our company. Our communications design team in Manila is growing rapidly and needs a Head of Design who will foster the creative output of each of its team members and establish processes for effective and high impact contribution.  
As our Head of Design, you will be an integral part of Canva’s growth trajectory and will work on managing design across internal branding, marketing, social media, and in-product communication. Alongside this, you will be heavily involved in working with key stakeholders and designers in both Manila and Sydney.

As our Head of Design, you will...

  • Oversee the communications design team ensuring they are well supported in their skill-set, resources, and scope and quality of work.
  • Lead and develop the communications design team which involves team planning, setting clear goals and initiatives, measuring the team’s success and effectivity.
  • Unify Canva’s design direction and ensure it is successfully executed and delivered effectively in line with Canva’s branding, vision and standards.
  • Provide and a consistent loop of feedback and art direction to the team’s designs and output adhering to Canva’s branding.
  • Create a systematic process for requested design projects and implement a standard workflow leading to a consistently high bar of quality and efficiency.
  • Work closely with the Sydney and Manila stakeholders and develop strong communication channels to triage and allocate workload that will cater to the needs of different project teams.
  • Shape the growth of the designers in Manila and help scale the team to support the dynamic and varied needs of design as Canva grows.
  • Contribute to defining and communicating the design strategy and vision of the company.
  • Help continue our work in creating a design system that integrates our brand, speeds our development, and creates a high-quality experience for our customers.
We are looking for a creative leader to grow our communications design team in Manila by executing a creative vision, strategies, structure and people growth. You will partner with leaders across different teams both in Manila and Sydney ensuring that Canva’s vision and goal as a company are set into motion.

You'll love this role if...

  • You have at least 5 years of experience leading and growing a design team and have driven them to create high-quality design work.
  • You have worked across multiple creative channels such as web design, advertising, marketing or print.
  • A strong portfolio demonstrating your passion for designing clean, elegant, and beautiful designs.
  • You have a history of developing strategies, setting up processes, and growing a creative team.
  • The confidence to try new things as well as a passion for big ideas and storytelling.
  • You demonstrate a high degree of judgement and can juggle a diverse range of priorities.
  • You are able to influence and work with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • 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 – ya gotta have hustle!


  • Equity options
  • In-house chefs that cook delicious breakfast and lunch for us each day
  • Fitness membership allowance
  • Generous parental leave policy
  • Sponsored social clubs and team events
  • Fun and quirky celebrations