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Senior software engineer (Flourish/visualization)

London, England, United Kingdom – Full-time

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 86 million monthly active users across 190 different countries and a team of over 3,000 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 team

Flourish is the world’s leading data storytelling platform. It enables anyone to create beautiful graphics and interactive stories without coding. Since its launch in 2018, more than 750,000 registered users have produced around 10 million graphics, which have racked up more than 20 billion views. Our customers range from leading newsrooms and corporations to NGOs, universities and government departments all over the world.

Flourish was recently acquired by Canva to empower the world to tell stories with data. Our team, mostly based in London, will continue growing Flourish as a separate product while also adding more data storytelling features natively in Canva.

What you'll do

  • Maintain standards for web performance, security and accessibility
  • Help ensure Flourish remains stable and robust for its large global user base
  • Develop new features for Flourish, using modern web technologies
  • Build automated tests and improve the observability of the codebase
  • Pair-program and review code
  • Help improve the way we work and the tools we use
  • This is a thoroughly hands-on development role: most of your time will be spent working with code. But you will also mentor and potentially manage other engineers and work closely with the product team.
  • This role is mostly focused on the Flourish platform rather than the visualization templates, which are developed separately.

What we're looking for

  • You are an experienced engineer who enjoys working collaboratively and loves to learn new things. You care deeply about the quality of your work and are thoughtful about how to improve both what you’re doing and how the team works together. You’re happy to adopt existing conventions of the codebase.
  • Importantly, you’re excited by Flourish and the opportunity to make it better. You’re a friendly colleague and you work well in a close-knit team.

Required skills and experience

  • A deep understanding of the web platform
  • At least five years experience as a backend or full-stack engineer
  • Strong JavaScript and Node.js skills
  • Competence with command-line Linux and shell scripting
  • Good SQL skills
  • Be comfortable using Git for version control, and understand why clear history matters
  • Familiarity with working practices such as test-driven development, continuous integration and continuous delivery
  • Experience in agile methodologies
  • Awareness of security best practices for web applications

Bonus points if you have experience working with

  • AWS (S3, EC2, IAM, etc)
  • PostgreSQL
  • Java
  • React
  • TypeScript


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: 

Flexible hours and a hybrid working model which values work-life balance and gives you the option to choose how you best work 

Equity options to be truly a part of the Canva journey Unique and flexible leave so you can recharge, give back, support others or focus on your own professional development

Our very own Canva University, internal coaching and Employee Assistance Programs to help you be your best self

An annual Vibe & Thrive allowance for you to spend as you choose on personal education, wellbeing, home office and social connection. You know better than anyone how to Vibe & Thrive! 

Virtual and in-office clubs, events and celebrations for you to connect with your teammates

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

Support for family and carers including a parental leave policy that prioritises inclusivity recognises the diverse representations of modern families

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.