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Senior Engineering Manager - Conversational Experience (AI) - 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.

  • Coaching and leading an engineering team of over 30, consisting of Frontend, Backend, QA, Data Science and Machine Learning engineers who are focused on building and iterating on some of Canva's newest AI features.
  • Developing and delivering the long-term vision for accelerating the delivery of robust, innovative and safe conversational interaction.
  • Collaborating closely with our product management and design teams to prototype and productionize tools that make our users more creative and productive.
  • Planning goals and defining success metrics to ensure there is alignment between the company, group, and teams.
  • Championing a culture of knowledge sharing and communication across engineering and effectively advocate for engineering needs to stakeholders within Canva.
  • Running hiring and resourcing needs, including resourcing for the execution of the roadmap.

You're probably a match if:

  • You have experience leading multiple successful teams, through managing managers, that is guided by company or specialty missions, goals, and strategies.
  • You’ve got technical depth in Artificial Intelligence, especially with conversation, dialog and large language models.
  • You’re a passionate engineering leader who thrives on making impactful changes in a dynamic environment and excels as a dedicated, hands-on leader.
  • You have a desire to work in a high-visibility, highly competitive space and drive the team to success in such an environment.
  • You have first principles thinking - using a deep understanding of a problem space to make informed decisions. Even if these decisions are radically different from what others might be doing, Canva is a unique company, solving unique problems and this sometimes requires us to make bold decisions.
  • You bring a deep passion for platform engineering & empowering engineering to create business value.
  • You’re a problem solver, with the ability to break large projects down into smaller ones and deliver on them through others.


About the team

Sitting within the newly established Generative AI Supergroup, the Conversational Experiences Group (ConvEx) is focused on empowering the world to design by giving every person and team access to their own creative collaborator.

2024 is an incredible time to join. The problem space and industry are advancing quickly and you will have direct influence on our plans to scale AI experiences for over 100 million Canva customers. 

We are looking for senior engineering managers with a strong technical background in ML or have AI experience, and who thrive in fast-paced high-energy environments, to help us build the future of AI at Canva.

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.

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