Technical Lead - Data Platform (Remote across ANZ)



Sydney, NSW, Australia
Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2024

Job Description

Join the team redefining how the world experiences design.

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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 a choice in where and how you work, we trust our Canvanauts to choose the balance that empowers them and their team to achieve their goals.

What you’d be doing in this role

This critical role ensures that we continuously build, optimise and evolve our data platform and tooling capabilities to enable the data platform users to efficiently and effectively self-serve and implement scalable data solutions to deliver significant value to the business and the best design experience to our customers.

As a key member of the group, this role drives technical alignment with Canva’s strategic objectives, collaborates with various business domains and data platform stakeholders & users to define the data platform’s technical vision, lead the build of the data platform and its engineering capabilities and uplift analytics engineering practices.

This role requires both strategic thinking and a ‘can do’ attitude - strategic thinking to drive the data platform’s engineering mindset transformation, and a ‘can-do’ attitude to hands-on build and deliver technical solutions, support and see through complex/critical initiatives and own the outcome.

As Canva scales change continues to be part of our DNA. But we like to think that's all part of the fun. So this will give you the flavour of the type of things you'll be working on when you start, but this will likely evolve.

At the moment, this role is focused on:

  • Leading the build and evolution of the data platform capabilities with an agile platform engineering mindset.
  • Influencing the mindset transformation towards a customer-centricity and value-driven delivery culture that embodies Canva’s values.
  • Managing the continuous improvements of the data platform capabilities and best practices.
  • Leading and supporting the optimisation of Canva’s data platform operational excellence.
  • Steering the build and implementation of data governance & data management principles.
  • Growing and mentoring the Analytics Engineering Specialty, including hiring, onboarding, and training.
  • Uplifting Analytics Engineering Specialty’s practices, especially in engineering, architecture and documentation.
  • Collaborating and engaging across all Super Groups and Specialties supporting their data needs, and aligning on technical priorities and roadmap.
  • Proactively identifying opportunities, and shaping and leading analytics engineering initiatives to achieve material business value.
  • Collaborating and supporting Product Managers, Technical Program Managers and other key stakeholders to ensure priority, delivery and practice alignment.

You're probably a match if

  • You have strong experience in data platform engineering/data warehouses and cloud platforms (AWS, Azure, or GCP).
  • You have proven experience in building technical strategies and roadmaps for data platform architecture and tooling across a large modern business.
  • You have relevant experience in software engineering & operation with hands-on experience in SQL and a solid understanding of CI/CD.
  • You are experienced in building/implementing data governance and data management.
  • You have demonstrated experience in supporting a data platform (e.g. production support, incidents response, platform monitoring, reliability uplift).
  • You have hands-on experience with data platform tooling, preferably with: AWS, Snowflake, DBT, Fivetran, Terraform, Containers, BuildKite, SQL, Python/R, Atlan, Mode, Looker.
  • You have experience in mentoring teams, preferably in the analytics engineering domain.
  • You have experience in leading delivery/project management, with a strong understanding of the agile mindset and its ways of working.
  • You have strong business acumen with experience in navigating complex environments.
  • You show strategic & long-term thinking with pragmatic excellence in execution.

About the team

This role sits in the Data Platform Group under the Infra SuperGroup at Canva.
The Data Platform Group aims to enable significant, scalable and sustainable value via data and insights, through building a world-class data platform and empowering Canvanauts with efficient & effective data capabilities.

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 range 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.