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Senior Frontend Engineer - Editing Platform



Software Engineering
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2023
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 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
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.
The Role and the Team
We are seeking a skilled and experienced Senior Frontend Software Engineer to join our Export Team, a vital service within our company responsible for orchestrating the seamless download of over 200 million user designs per week. The Export Team's mission is to empower our users by providing them with the ability to download their designs in various formats and on multiple platforms, all while scaling beyond infrastructure limits. To achieve this, the team collaborates closely with several other platform teams.
As a Senior Frontend Software Engineer in the Export Team, your primary responsibility will be to ensure a user-friendly and smooth export experience. We are in the process of forming a new "Download" team within the Export Team, which will work hand-in-hand with the existing team. This "Download" team will take ownership of the "Download" publish option, enabling our Editing Platform to have complete control over the "Download a design (image, pdf)" user flow.
Your role will be pivotal in this endeavour as you will work closely with multiple stakeholders across different teams. You will be instrumental in crafting a seamless and efficient download process for our users. As the first frontend engineers to join the Export Team, you will play a crucial role in shaping the team's direction and establishing best practices.
Joining our Export Team presents an exciting opportunity to work on a core service that directly impacts millions of users worldwide. If you are passionate about frontend development, have a strong desire to build exceptional user experiences, and thrive in a collaborative and innovative environment, we encourage you to apply and be part of our dynamic Export Team.


  • Build efficient and reusable front end abstractions and systems.
  • Identify and address performance bottlenecks.
  • Participate in design and code reviews.
  • Help to identify and communicate standard practices and methodologies for front end engineering.
  • Collaborating with the team and other engineers outside the team to find issues in the whole product and communicate clear action items.
  • Empowering other engineers is one of our team’s core values.


  • Knowledge of JavaScript and web technologies (HTML/CSS)
  • Experience developing rich applications with HTML/CSS/JS
  • Experience and knowledge of cross-browser and cross-device development
  • Understanding of the browser event model (bubbling, capturing)
  • Experience and knowledge of cross-browser and cross-device development
  • Ability to write performant, reusable code for UI components, including appropriate testing
  • Minimum three years experience

Bonus Experience

  • Experience with element positioning and managing stacking contexts
  • Understanding of browser rendering considerations (layout, paint, composite)
  • Experience with high-performance DOM animations (e.g. FLIP)
  • Experience with SVGsExperience with graphics programming
  • Experience with GLSL / WebGL
  • Experience with TypeScript (or other typed languages)
  • Experience with React
  • Experience with MobX
  • Experience with Java
  • An interest in interaction design
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.
Please note that interviews are conducted virtually.