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Technical Program Manager - Security, remote across ANZ

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Job Description

Job Description

Join the team redefining how the world experiences design.

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Thanks for stopping by. We know job hunting can be a little time consuming and you're probably keen to find out what's on offer, so we'll get straight to the point.

Where and how you can work

Our flagship campus is in Sydney. We also have a campus in Melbourne and co-working spaces in Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. But you have choice in where and how you work. That means if you want to do your thing in the office (if you're near one), at home or a bit of both, it's up to you.

What you’d be doing in this role

At Canva, we’re all constantly striving towards our Crazy Big Goals! Since growing to a worldwide team of over 4,000 we need to work effectively together and improve our delivery ability as we scale, which is where our Technical Program Managers come in.

As a Technical Program Manager, it is your mission to work closely with senior managers and security engineering teams to build a sustainable culture of positive urgency in delivery. You will lead complex, multi-disciplinary programs and be equally comfortable working with leadership to set strategic goals and clarify priorities, as you are with teams to communicate program status, escalate issues and manage dependencies, as you are discussing technical trade-offs with an engineer.

What you’ll do

  • Partner with Group Leadership to facilitate the delivery of Canva’s highest priority, complex and multi-disciplinary initiatives
  • Proactively engage security teams, understanding their delivery challenges and track delivery across the security portfolio
  • Actively engage with security and other Canva engineering teams to identify and proactively mitigate program risks & issues
  • Assist in the identification of and help manage delivery dependencies across teams and groups
  • Facilitate effective, timely and transparent team decision making practices
  • Promote consistency in cycle planning, documentation and core practices across teams to ensure sustainable velocity, whilst maintaining flexibility to adapt to diverse requirements
  • Facilitate continual improvement rituals to build on the effectiveness of security engineering teams
  • Foster a culture of excellence by integrating innovative approaches within projects and promoting a dynamic and forward-thinking environment
  • Build strategic partnerships with cross-functional teams, including active collaboration with engineering teams to influence technical decisions, drive alignment, and deliver successful security outcomes
  • Partner with the TPM group to help codify and build the TPM craft and practice

You're probably a match if

  • You have a minimum of five years of experience as a Technical Program Manager in the internet or SaaS industry with a specific focus on cybersecurity, information security or a related domain
  • You have a deep understanding of security principles and practices
  • You are knowledgeable in technical concepts, systems and practices
  • You have experience working with onsite and remote Product Managers, Engineers and Security Specialists to deliver key company initiatives
  • You are comfortable with ambiguity in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities
  • You are a natural communicator who leads through influence, not authority
  • You have a love for navigating complexity and tackling ambiguous problems
  • You have leadership capability to ensure clarity, alignment and accountability to achieve our ambigous big goals
  • You have the ability to think strategically but also able to make huge goals happen.This role will be very hands-on!

About the team

The Security Group is responsible for protecting Canva systems and data from information security threats. Our teams work together, and with other groups, to deliver preventive and detective controls and processes that reduce security risk.

The group runs programs across Identity and Access Management, Application Security, Enterprise Security, Risk Management, and Threat Detection and Response domains.

What's in it for you?

Achieving our crazy big goals motivates us to work hard - and we do - but you'll experience lots of moments of magic, connectivity and fun woven throughout life at Canva, too. We also offer a stack of benefits to set you up for every success in and outside of work.

Here's a taste of what's on offer:

  • Equity packages - we want our success to be yours too
  • Inclusive parental leave policy that supports all parents & carers
  • An annual Vibe & Thrive allowance to support your wellbeing, social connection, office setup & more
  • Flexible leave options that empower you to be a force for good, take time to recharge and supports you personally

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Other stuff to know

We make hiring decisions based on your experience, skills and passion, as well as how you can enhance Canva and our culture. When you apply, please tell us the pronouns you use and any reasonable adjustments you may need during the interview process.

We celebrate all types of skills and backgrounds at Canva so even if you don’t feel like your skills quite match what’s listed above - we still want to hear from you!

Please note that interviews are conducted virtually.

Advice from our career coach

To stand out as an applicant for the Technical Program Manager role at Canva, you should showcase your experience and skills in technical program management, cybersecurity, and leadership. Here are some specific tips to enhance your application:

  • Highlight your minimum of five years of experience in the internet or SaaS industry, with a focus on cybersecurity or information security.
  • Demonstrate your deep understanding of security principles and practices.
  • Showcase your ability to work with diverse teams, including onsite and remote Product Managers, Engineers, and Security Specialists.
  • Emphasize your experience in leading complex, multi-disciplinary programs and managing dependencies across teams.
  • Show how you thrive in ambiguous, fast-paced environments and can achieve ambitious goals through strategic thinking and hands-on execution.
  • Illustrate your strong communication skills and ability to lead through influence rather than authority.
  • Provide examples of how you have tackled ambiguous problems and fostered a culture of excellence within teams.
  • Align your experience with the responsibilities outlined in the job description, such as facilitating team decision-making, promoting consistency in cycle planning, and managing delivery dependencies.

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