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Senior Engineering Manager (FE) - Video Editor - Remote across ANZ



Software Engineering, Other Engineering
Auckland, New Zealand
Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2024

Job Description

Join the team redefining how the world experiences design.

Hey, g'day, mabuhay, kia ora, 你好, hallo, vítejte!

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, 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

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:

  • Coaching, mentoring, and growing 3 teams of engineers while developing your coaching capability to scale the team and meet the needs of the growing Video editing vision.
  • You'll be working alongside the technical leads to facilitate solving some of the most ambitious technical problems, and guiding the team to deliver results.
  • You will work closely with the Product Manager and other Backend and technical teams to understand and contribute to the product roadmap, building a complete video solution
  • You will drive the planning and refinement of seasonal goals, ensuring there is alignment between the company, group, and teams.
  • You will foster a culture of collaboration and advocate for the engineering needs of non-technical collaborators within the group.
  • Consolidating thought processes and streamlining decision making
  • You will own and drive the delivery of large, cross-team, and cross-group initiatives and projects from ideation to completion, with autonomy and independence of decision making.

We’re looking for a Senior Engineering Manager who is not afraid to jump into the complex technical space of the Video Editor team. The team is currently being managed by two engineering managers. You’ll be managing this team of 18-20 engineers (including 2-3 Staff Engineers) through these two engineering managers, with a part of the team (3-6 engineers) reporting directly to you.

Video is a complex technical problem that requires multiple parts of the software system to work seamlessly to deliver a smooth video editing and playback experience to users. The Video Editor team owns all of the frontend of our Video tech stack - editing, timeline & playback.

We are seeking someone who wants to be in the thick of it - working across technical design, code architecture, hiring, engagement with key stakeholders across the business, and professional growth and development of the people they lead.

You're probably a match if you have:

  • Previous experience in technical people leadership or mentorship of frontend engineers, leading 2 or more teams
  • Commercial experience in a software development environment, ideally with experience in video editing, processing & delivery. Understanding the mechanics of browsers and experience building graphic applications will also be preferred.
  • Our frontend stack consists of JavaScript, HTML, CSS, React, TypeScript, MobX, etc. Experience in some of these would be valuable but is not required.
  • Firmly grounded computer science and engineering fundamentals including concurrency, multithreading, data structures, solution design, architecture, and design patterns.
  • Previous experience in working collaboratively with team members and communicating effectively.
  • Strong problem-solving skills, with the ability to break large projects down into smaller ones and deliver on them through others.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

About the team

Video at Canva is embarking on an exciting journey that will shape the future of video editing and social media content creation for millions of users globally. In the next few months, we will deliver a customer-centric, intuitive and powerful video editing platform that seamlessly integrates with the Canva ecosystem to unlock the full potential of the Visual Suite. This enhanced editing experience will make it far easier for social media users to bring their ideas to life, and create engaging and professional content that stands out.

Working at the forefront of innovation, this team works with industry leading technology, including Generative AI, WebGL, WebGPU, Web Assembly, etc. We are making substantial investments in building a robust tech stack that not only meets but exceeds industry standards with an improved architecture, ensuring performance, fidelity and user-centric 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 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

Check out lifeatcanva.com for more info.

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.