Frontend Engineer Lead

Beijing, China – Full-time

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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 75 million monthly active users across 190 different countries and a team of over 2,800 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.

About the group and/or team

We solve mission-critical engineering problems, supporting the future growth of Canva in China. There’s a whole different market/internet ecosystem in China. We need a team and a strong leader in China who is the most familiar with local business and closest to the market to act quickly and autonomously to local demand. (e.g: QR code features, CJK, font-subsetting etc.)

We have a very good engineering culture. The best solution wins, not who suggested it. We are constantly learning and improving our product. We celebrate every goal we achieve. 

About the candidate

We’re looking for candidates who have passion for programming, aiming for pragmatic excellence, with sophisticated communication skills.

Goals the candidate will achieve in the first 6-12 months

  • 0-6 month goals
  • Goal #1Start with small onboarding tasks to get familiar with the tech stack and the development process in Canva.
  • Goal #2solve some complex tasks and build domain knowledge on some specific areas.
  • Goal #3Finish 1-2 complex goals and build sophisticated domain knowledge 1-2 areas.
  • 6-12 month goals
  • Able to work on complex goals with sophisticated domain knowledge on some areas.
  • Communicate across teams effectively and be able to drive things forward.
  • Align with business stakeholders and execute on strategy by setting roadmaps for teams, hiring and coaching


  • Hands-on design, development, and deployment of software solutions within the Growth domain
  • Driving technical strategy and providing leadership to your team in a fast-paced innovation-focused environment
  • Drive delivery of large-scale projects from ideation to completion within start-up time frames to develop new features and products - while also ensuring Canva’s overall reliability, performance, security, and stability
  • Develop and grow a team of 10 - 15 Canvanauts through effective hiring, coaching, succession planning, and retention strategies
  • Inspire and coach teams to innovate, invent, implement and deploy complex software solutions in a complex distributed and mission-critical environment
  • Promote a safe and healthy culture with a focus on collaboration and open communication, and a good work-life balance
  • Set up and run ongoing feedback sessions, initiatives to help drive a healthy code review culture, knowledge sharing, pairing, design showcases, and helping improve processes through retrospectives

Experience the candidate will have

  • Experience with technical and people leadership - having previously led small high-performing teams.
  • Coding proficiency and well as previous experience as a software engineer with a specialization in frontend
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; with the ability to work with a diverse range of individuals from different backgrounds and with different professional and personal needs
  • Demonstrable product and commercial acumen
  • Be capable of leading by example - promoting Canva’s values, no-blame mentality, and inclusive culture

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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: 

Competitive salary, plus equity options where you will enjoy the rapid growth of Canva and have impact every day. 

Flexible working hours that cater to how you best work. We value work-life balance and you decided what works best for you.

Healthy and delicious breakfast, lunch, fruit, drinks and snacks options. You can enjoy the TGIF special drinks and live cooking.

Unique and flexible leave that goes beyond just standard annual leave including flexible leave, carer’s leave, Force for Good leave, education leave so you can recharge, give back, support others or focus on your own development. 

An annual Vibe & Thrive allowance. This is for you to spend on whatever will support your wellbeing and development. It could be anything, from a fitness center membership to personal development training, or dinner out with a teammate. Because you know what you need, better than anyone.

Virtual and in-office wellness benefits including; Canva University, Fitness Classes (Yoga & Meditation) Employee Assistant Programs, social clubs and team events that are sponsored by the company.   

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. / 我们会根据你的经验、技能和对于职位的热情来做出雇佣决定。当你进行申请时,请告诉我们你希望我们对你使用的称谓,以及在面试过程中你可能需要的任何合理调整。