Fullstack Engineer

Manila – Full-time

At Canva, we create tools that empower the world to design. Our mission is to democratise design and empower creativity for anyone and everyone, on every platform! Inspired by a team of talented thinkers, an amazing culture and remarkable growth trajectory – we’re out to change the world, one design at a time.

Since launch in August 2013 we have grown exponentially, amassing over 30 million active users across 190 different countries who have created more than 2 Billion designs. We are one of the world’s fastest growing technology companies and we have only achieved about 1% of what we are capable of!

About our Software Engineering Team

Engineering is a core part of who we are. You will work with a carefully selected team of ex-Google, VMware, ThoughtWorks, and Atlassian engineers. The team takes pride in its focus on engineering fundamentals. We strive to use the most appropriate tools for the tasks at hand, and to strike a measured balance between getting things done and long term maintainability. The team is tight, with no big egos, and welcomes engineers to come and join in on the adventure. Engineers frequently host sessions where a new idea or software engineering practice is discussed — this ensures that everyone in the team is constantly learning. 

We work hard to get our fundamentals right across the business. Consequently, the frontend code base is constantly being improved and optimised so new features can be implemented easily. We also have a flat structure where engineers are invited to comment on the direction their peers are taking on features. When a new feature is being built, engineers review each other’s code; this ensures that knowledge is shared and it doesn’t need to be reworked. You can find more about our engineering practices in our medium page.

In the Philippines, we are growing our existing engineering team. Here’s a glimpse of our engineering culture and a blog about how we work across borders. 

Go-to links:

Medium Page

Canva Product Page

Canva Manila Engineering Video

What you will do:

  • Work with product designers and founders to build a next-generation web application with a focus on an exceptional user experience
  • Build efficient and reusable front end abstractions and systems
  • Participate in creating of design documents, build and develop the solutions you've created, and participate in code reviews
  • Communicate with other team members to determine the best solutions to difficult problems
  • Identify and communicate best practices for front and backend engineering
  • Use a spacer.gif in our email templates every now and then :)

Required Skills:

  • Experience as a Fullstack Engineer with a particular focus on deep-dive JavaScript (ES6, Promises, Workers, etc)
  • Experience building applications in JavaScript with limited delegation and reliance on frameworks and libraries...
  • ... however, strong knowledge, understanding, an exposure to various JavaScript technologies such as React, TypeScript, Flow will definitely be beneficial!
  • A strong understanding of computer science fundamentals, with a strong understanding of concurrency, performance, data structures and design patterns
  • Strong debugging and troubleshooting skills
  • An analytical, yet creative, approach to problem solving
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • BONUS: Broader generalist knowledge of cloud, networking, and operating systems; Cloud Infrastructure - AWS, Google, or Azure
  • BONUS: Backend / Fullstack experience with Java is ideal, but not necessary - many of our engineers come from C#, Ruby, and PHP backgrounds
  • BONUS: A strong appreciation and understanding of UI and UX fundamentals
  • BONUS: Experience building consumer-focused web applications


  • Equity options in one of the fastest growing startups in the world
  • Fitness membership
  • In-house chef
  • Sponsored social clubs and team events
  • Fun and quirky celebrations

This is an opportunity to progress your career (and hold equity/stock options) in one of the fastest growing startups in the world. It is an opportunity to share in our highly collaborative work environment, in-house chefs, company trips / events, and engineering-first culture. We are seeking the best in the world and will provide a relocation allowance for overseas and interstate candidates as well as visa sponsorship for Australia.

We ensure that the Canva workspace is setup for you to do your best work and have a great time doing so, with breakout areas, little nooks, quiet places to retreat and do your best work! We have two in-house chefs that whip up amazing breakfasts and lunches for the whole team, check out what's cooking at: