Dec 18, 2021

Frontend Engineer - Editing

  • Canva
  • Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Job Description

We’re constantly working towards making Canva the best place to work, for everyone. We believe deeply that bringing together diversity of thoughts, perspectives and expression is key for building the best product for our equally diverse community all around the world. We celebrate uniqueness and whatever makes you, you and encourage everyone who wants to help us transform the way the world designs, to join us on this journey. We value all different types of experiences. If you don’t think you quite meet all of the qualifications, we’d still love to hear from you.  

About Us
At Canva, our mission is to democratise design and empower creativity for anyone and everyone, on every platform. Inspired by a team of talented thinkers, an amazing culture and a remarkable growth trajectory – we’re out to change the world, one design at a time. 

Since launch in August 2013, we have grown exponentially, amassing over 60 million monthly active users across 190 different countries who have created more than 6 Billion designs. We are one of the world’s fastest-growing technology companies and we have only achieved about 1% of what we want to do.

The Role and the Team:

The Editing Team is a steward of Canva’s core editing experience and front end editing platform that empowers our Design Experience teams to build impactful features at Canva. 

We often work as a part of smaller squads alongside Design and Product to focus on new features and ways to design in Canva. There are plenty of opportunities to help bring life to these new experiences and collaborate across different teams and specialties. 

The editing team is often involved with growing the editing front-end platform, so it may continue to be highly modular, extensible, testable, as well as a joy to work in. Our platform work involves improving the editor’s performance and accessibility, optimising for the evolving landscape of web-enabled devices and communicating standard practices for front end engineering at Canva.

Responsibilities

  • Work with product designers and founders to build improved functionality into Canva’s design editor and creative elements such as fonts, text, shapes, images, colors, as well as creating new elements.
  • 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.

Requirements

  • 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 SVGs
  • Experience 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
One of our core values at Canva, “Being a force for good” means we are actively working towards a world that isn't just good for a small few, but one that’s good for everyone. We believe deeply that bringing together diversity of thoughts, perspectives and expression is key for building the best product for our equally diverse community. To achieve this, we need to constantly work towards making Canva the best place to work, for everyone.

We are looking for people who love technology and can bring creativity when solving challenging problems. We ensure that the Canva workspace is setup for you to do your best work and have a great time doing so. Do you know we have a chef, Song and Chris, that make fantastic lunches for the team? Follow them on Instagram here to see what has been whipped up today: https://www.instagram.com/canvalife/.

We make hiring decisions based on your experience, skills and passion. If you’re keen to apply and need reasonable adjustments or would like to note which pronouns you use at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.