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Frontend Software Engineer - Desktop App (Remote across ANZ)

Join the team redefining how the world experiences design.

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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. 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.

At the moment, this role is focused on:

  • Maintain and develop new features and improvements within the desktop application. Some examples of recent projects include:
    • deep linking routes to the application,
    • native notification support,
    • custom application window frame,
    • automatic application update UX improvements,
    • tab restorations,
    • etc.
  • Maintain and enable new distribution channels for the desktop app (e.g., allow mass releasing via enterprise installer, etc., and improve our processes for doing so).
  • Maintain and improve infrastructure and deployment processes for the desktop app (e.g., work on CI pipeline improvements, automating processes via tooling, etc.).
  • Maintain the desktop app (e.g., participating in manual aspects of app releases, documentation, code refactoring, error rate monitoring, bug fixes, etc.).
  • Provides technical expertise on the Desktop App for external stakeholders.

You're probably a match if

  • We’d love to hear from you if you possess solid technical fundamentals, problem-solving, and communication skills.
  • You are interested in and have prior experience (at least one year) developing rich web applications — ideally with TypeScript/React/MobX.
  • You are a team player capable of collaborating within a team of various disciplines to overcome roadblocks and complete projects.
  • Experience developing desktop native applications (ideally with Electron) is optional.

About the team

The desktop app team was formed in the Winter of 2019 to launch Canva on the desktop. The first public version was launched in Winter 2020!

We aim to 'Build delightful, robust, and performant desktop app experiences!' The team is working to 'Make the Desktop App the default choice for all desktop users' and contribute primarily to the company-wide strategy, 'Product for Billions.' We’re responsible for developing and maintaining the Canva Desktop App for Mac and Windows.

About the role

You’ll get hands-on experience developing, maintaining, and distributing Canva’s native applications using Electron on desktop platforms (Mac and Windows), taking on opportunities to work with various technologies (e.g., Web, NodeJS, Java, C++, etc.) when developing projects for the Desktop App. Gain exposure to various systems that enables Web pages to work with native apps across platforms and other that enable product features.

  • You’ll learn how to build, maintain, and distribute desktop app native applications using Electron for millions of users.
  • You’ll learn to efficiently collaborate with a small team of many disciplines to tackle complex problems.
  • You’ll learn how to navigate Canva’s organizational structure — a rapidly growing startup where you can collaborate with different teams and engineers and help them develop the Desktop App as a platform.

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 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. 


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