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Staff Frontend Engineer - Editing API - Remote across ANZ



Software Engineering
Auckland, New Zealand
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Company 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 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.

Job Description

About the Team

The Editing API team aims to increase Canva’s Engineering development velocity. Our goal is to be a force multiplier, allowing our Canva teams and third-party developers to ship editing-related features with confidence and speed. We are responsible for improving the developer experience within the Editor and enabling our Ecosystem teams to scale to support the diverse network of third-party developers as we aim to reach 1B users globally. Our area of scope includes improving the Canva Editor’s code architecture through creating powerful but easy-to-consume APIs and evaluating them, so teams across Canva move faster on their product goals within the Editor.

About the Role

We are looking for engineers eager to jump into the Editor’s architecture and solve problems faced by editing consumers. You understand the value of good APIs in scaling the velocity of large engineering organizations and know what makes an API good (and what to avoid).

You will drive projects such as improving editing’s architecture, implementing powerful and easy-to-use APIs on top of editing internals, and developing new widgets / dynamic-rendering API (think React for Canva). Any impact that you deliver, whether it’s increasing performance or reducing unsafe usage of editing code/features, will have a multiplier effect as they are used by many Canva teams and third-party developers. You will have the opportunity to rethink how editing-related features are written.

Our work involves a significant amount of discovery, both in understanding the existing codebase and talking to potential API clients to understand their use cases. You’ll then use that to identify key APIs that need to be built and start building those, working with the clients you have identified to ensure the APIs are suitable for their use cases.


What you’ll do (responsibilities)

  • Design, develop and deploy solutions and hands-on software development – working closely with leads, designers, and product managers to deliver features and experiments to our customers worldwide
  • Primarily working on web frontend with Typescript, but may need to work with other languages and environments
  • Facilitate knowledge sharing and optimally advocate for engineering needs to non-technical team members within the group
  • Models initiative and ownership in achieving goals, improving processes and solutions
  • Finds opportunities for cross-team collaboration to work on new insights and improvements that help achieve our goals

What we're looking for

  • Commercial experience in a software development environment, ideally with experience in building internal/external SDKs, APIs, libraries, and frameworks.
  • 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 asynchronous programming, data structures, solution design, architecture, and design patterns.
  • Understanding of browser rendering pipeline, event handling, WebWorkers, WebGL/WebGPU would be a bonus, but not required.
  • 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.
  • Passion for performance debugging and benchmarking
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.

Additional Information

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

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.

Please note that interviews are conducted virtually.