Group Engineering Lead - User Growth

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia – Full-time

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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. 

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About the group/team

The User Growth group is one of three groups which make up the Product Growth Supergroup - one of the biggest areas at Canva driving commercial success across our company foundational metrics of Monthly Active Users (MAUs) and Annualised Revenue, and also playing a critical role in Canva’s mission to empower the world to design. 

The User Growth group does everything from building exciting new products and features to running hundreds of experiments every quarter and conducting research and analysis to grow Canva in new markets and categories. 

The group’s strategy is based on three pillars: 1) delight first time users 2) increase frequency of use (so customers want to use more products, more often, for longer and across more platforms) and improve our virility by building step change growth opportunities to ultimately grow our active user base. 

Composed of several product teams, the User Growth group’s impact spans our entire funnel (signup & login, logged-out homepage, onboarding, post-publish, collaboration, virility/referrals) and will also work closely with our Revenue generating growth teams on many cross-company growth projects.

About the role/specialty

As the Group Engineering Lead for User Growth you will be responsible for Leading 4 engineering teams and 20+ engineers in a shared mission to increase activation, frequency of use and drive vitality. We want to rapidly grow this group to 3 groups, 6-7+ teams and 40+ engineers over the next 12 months.

Responsibilities include engineering strategy, resourcing/team building, managing performance and working collaboratively with product and design leadership partners to build and execute on the product roadmap while ensuring appropriate engineering processes and practises are in place to do so sustainably, and appropriate time is being spent scaling and maintaining our engineering systems.

The teams in the User Growth group own critical real estate such as our login/signup flows, the logged out homepage of Canva, and onboarding flows, and as such requires a strong mix of balancing product development and investing in technical debt all while delivering critical rapid experimentation, and managing experiment follow up (productisation or decommissioning).

Our teams also experiment across a lot of surface areas owned externally to the group, and as such a key part of the role is being able to support our teams in their engagement with other teams, partnering with stakeholders and resolving dependencies across all of Canva which in turn gives great exposure to the entire product.

What we are looking for

  • Extensive experience as a Software Engineering Manager; having previously led multiple teams in a large high-growth environment
  • Experience in a hyper growth SaaS company is a bonus!
  • Strong software engineering fundamentals; be able to hold court with principal-level engineers and significantly contribute to design documentation and complex software architecture
  • Be able to demonstrate a deep passion for creating delightful user experiences
  • Be comfortable combining big picture thinking with sweating the details of execution, both for the digital and physical experience
  • Have a passion for product growth and moving key metrics, demonstrated by ideation with product managers, designers and other engineers while building excitement around experiments/growth and celebrating our wins.
  • Experience working with product growth teams is a bonus!
  • While not necessarily coding, you are a roll-up-the-sleeves builder who is comfortable leading with influence; this role is not suitable for individuals with a preference for high-level directing and delegating
  • Be able to build relationships quickly outside of the group, and support our teams as they navigate dependencies external to the group within Canva
  • Be able to inspire others to achieve their full potential and enable the leaders within your organization to build diverse, high-performing teams

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: 

Equity packages for you to truly be a part of the Canva journey. Hybrid work model (in-office & from home)

Flexible leave so you can recharge, give back, support others or focus on your own professional development.

Inclusive parental leave policy that supports all parents and carers throughout their parenting and caring journey.

An annual Vibe & Thrive allowance. This is for you to spend on whatever will support your wellbeing and development.. because you know what you need to Vibe and Thrive, better than anyone.

Virtual and in-office wellness benefits including Canva University, Employee Assistant Programs and Fitness & Meditation Classes.

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.   

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