Mar 08, 2023

Senior Frontend Engineer - Editing

  • Canva
  • Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Job Description

Canva’s Commitment and Mission

At Canva, we celebrate diversity. We deeply believe that bringing together diversity of thoughts, perspectives and expression is key to building the best product, team and company. We look for many different skills and abilities, as well as how you can enhance Canva and our culture. So, even if you don’t think you quite meet all of the skills listed or tick all the boxes, we’d still love to hear from you! 

Our mission at Canva is to empower the world to design and since launching in 2013, we have grown exponentially, amassing over 110+ million monthly active users across 190 different countries and a team of over 3,400 people… and the best bit is that we’ve only achieved 1% of what we know we’re capable of. 

Join us and design your future.

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.


  • 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.


  • 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 5 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:

Working at Canva 

Our culture is unlike anywhere else and we design your #CanvaLife experience to empower you to do the best work of your life.  

Whether you’re in the office, working from home or choosing your own adventure, our benefits for permanent Canvanauts include: 

Equity packages for you to truly be a part of the Canva journey. 
We have a hybrid work model (in-office & from home), with our offices are always open to you balancing flexibility and connection
Flexible leave so you can recharge, give back, support others or focus on your own professional development.
Inclusive parental leave policy that supports all parents and carers throughout their parenting and caring journey.
An annual Vibe & Thrive allowance. This is for you to spend on whatever will support your wellbeing and development.. because you know what you need to Vibe and Thrive, better than anyone.
Virtual and in-office wellness benefits including Canva University, Employee Assistant Programs and Fitness & Meditation Classes.
Canva For Good program matching your not-for-profit donations, Force for Good leave (3 paid volunteering days) and a range of sustainability and ethical initiatives to get involved in.   

We make hiring decisions based on your experience, skills and passion. Please note that interviews are conducted virtually. When you apply, please tell us the pronouns you use and any reasonable adjustments you may need during the interview process.