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Staff Frontend Engineer - Editing API's

 

About the Team

The mission of the Editing APIs team is to expose core editing functionality via powerful, well documented, well supported APIs to allow both internal and external developers to extend and enhance the Canva Editor.

The Editor sits at the heart of Canva’s mission to empower everyone to design anything. There are hundreds of developers directly contributing to it and there is a big opportunity to enable these developers to move faster and add more powerful functionality by exposing better, more robust and safer APIs.

The Editing APIs team is a brand new team within the Editing group and is expected to grow to ~5 engineers and a product manager by mid 2024.

About the Role

We’re looking for founding engineers for this new Editing APIs team. We’re looking for engineers who 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).

Initial work will involve 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.

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 are looking for

  • Commercial experience in a software development environment, ideally with experience in building internal/external SDKs or APIs.
  • 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.

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. 

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.

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