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 exceptional 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 determine the best solutions to difficult problems
  • Identify and communicate best practices for front end engineering
  • Interact with our back end systems
  • Use a spacer.gif in our email templates every now and then 🙂
  • Comfortable working with a wide range of tools
  • Strong Computer Science/Software Engineering background
  • A generalist, who has experience across the full stack
  • Excellent problem solving skills, with a creative and analytic mind
  • Knowledge of the web stack, networks, and Unix administration
  • Our codebase is Java/Javascript; experience in these languages is ideal


Bonus experience:

  • AWS infrastructure
  • Search infrastructure (Lucene/Solr, ElasticSearch)
  • Image analysis and computer vision
  • Horizontal scaling, Heroku, MapReduce
  • Both SQL and NoSQL stores
  • Equity options in one of the fastest growing startups in the world
  • Fitness membership
  • Inhouse chef
  • Company trips
  • Relocation allowance for overseas candidates
  • All visa application processes covered

About the job

Engineering is a core part of who we are. We work hard to have a best of breed engineering culture. You will work with a carefully selected team of ex-Google, VMware, ThoughtWorks, and Atlassian engineers. The engineering team takes pride in its focus on engineering fundamentals, strives 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 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.