At Canva, we’re transforming the way the world designs. Our mission is to make beautiful design possible for everyone. But making design simple is not easy and we need to continue to build a world-class team to pursue the many huge opportunities in front of us. So if you want to play a key role in one of the world’s fastest growing startups, this job could be for you.

  • Work with product designers and founders to build a next-generation web application with a focus on an extraordinary client-side experience
  • Build efficient and reusable front end abstractions and systems
  • Identify and address performance bottlenecks
  • Participate in design and code reviews
  • Communicate with other team members to figure out the best solutions to difficult problems
  • Help to identify and communicate standard practices and methodologies for front end engineering
  • Interact with our back end systems
  • Use a spacer.gif in our email templates every now and then 🙂
  • Knowledge of JavaScript and web technologies (HTML/CSS)
  • Experience developing rich applications with HTML/CSS/JS
  • Intimate knowledge of cross-browser and cross-device development
  • Ability to write high-performance, reusable code for UI components, including appropriate testing
  • Passion for performance debugging and benchmarking
  • Minimum 2+ years of experience building web applications
  • BS or MS degree in Computer Science / Software Engineering or a related field

 

Bonus experience:

  • Experience with SVGs
  • Experience with graphics programming
  • Experience with GLSL / WebGL
  • Experience with Java
  • An interest in interaction design
  • Competitive salary, plus equity options
  • Flexible working hours, we value work-life balance
  • In-house chefs that cook delicious breakfast and lunch for us each day
  • Fitness membership allowance plus free Yoga membership
  • Generous parental leave policy
  • Pet friendly offices including a social area, climbing wall, unisex toilets
  • Sponsored social clubs and team events
  • Fun and quirky celebrations
  • Relocation budget provided and visa application fees covered

About the job

Engineering is a core part of who we are. You will work with a carefully selected team of ex-Google, VMware, ThoughtWorks, and Atlassian engineers. The team takes pride in its focus on engineering fundamentals. We strive to use the most appropriate tools for the tasks at hand, and to strike a measured balance between getting things done and long term maintainability. The team is tight, with no big egos, and welcomes engineers to come and join in on the adventure. Engineers frequently host sessions where a new idea or software engineering practice is discussed — this ensures that everyone in the team is constantly learning.

 

We work hard to get our fundamentals right across the business. Consequently, the frontend code base is constantly being improved and optimised so new features can be implemented easily. We also have a flat structure where engineers are invited to comment on the direction their peers are taking on features. When a new feature is being built, engineers review each other’s code; this ensures that knowledge is shared and it doesn’t need to be reworked. You can find more about our engineering practices in this blog article.

The Engineering team

The Canva code base was setup to scale; from day one. This has allowed for a unique environment where engineers spend most of their time optimising performance and releasing new features rather than fixing legacy code. This also ensures that it’s just more fun working on the code base. We also have a flat structure where engineers are invited to comment on the direction their peers are taking and are paired for pair-reviewing to occur. This ensures that knowledge around the code base is shared and speed of release occurs.

How we get things done

Frequently engineers host sessions where a new idea or software engineering practice is discussed – this ensures that everyone in the team is constantly learning. The team is tight, with no big egos, and welcomes self-driven engineers to come and join in on the adventure.

The Sydney office

Canva’s head office and engineering team are based in Surry Hills, the diverse and thriving corner of central Sydney, thronged with cafes, restaurants and bars.

More than 50 people work at HQ and we mean it when we say it is important to us that our team loves coming to work. Canva has a dedicated team that looks after the team and office, including two chefs who cook lunch every day for the team and prepare delicious snacks, as well as organise celebrations, trips and the full service bar.