Group Engineering Manager - Canva Print

Sydney – Full-time

We’re constantly working towards making Canva the best place to work, for everyone. We believe deeply that bringing together diversity of thoughts, perspectives and expression is key for building the best product for our equally diverse community all around the world. We celebrate uniqueness and whatever makes you, you and encourage everyone who wants to help us transform the way the world designs, to join us on this journey. We value all different types of experiences. If you don’t think you quite meet all of the qualifications, we’d still love to hear from you.  

About Us

At Canva, 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 a 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 60 million monthly active users across 190 different countries who have created more than 6 Billion designs. We are one of the world’s fastest-growing technology companies and we have only achieved about 1% of what we want to do.

Canva Print is an essential part of the Canva user experience with "Publish Anywhere" as a core mission pillar. The vision for Canva Print is to scale up Print into a Marketplace that enables all Canva users to Design and Print anything, anywhere. And we mean literally anything, anywhere.  Our ambition is thousands of products that, over time, will include 3D printing of architectural models or large-scale billboards, or an haute couture fashion line. And accessible no matter where you are...  with a strong focus on ethical and environmentally-friendly practices. 

Canva Print is a relatively small team within Canva today with 70 people spread between Australia, the Philippines, and the United States. The engineering team is 35 predominantly based in Sydney and Melbourne, and growing rapidly.  This is an emerging area within Canva that presents the opportunity for a dynamic engineering leader to support the team to build out major new areas of activity, sustain and improve on the delight of the Print service, and add meaningfully to Canva’s overall success. 

At the core, the Print Group Engineering Lead is responsible for driving the success of the engineering team and building a high-performing and cohesive team that is aligned in reaching the vision of the Print Group. Group Engineering Leads do so in a way that reflects Canva's culture and values.

The Print Group Engineering Lead plays a vital role in building a world-leading print business that serves a global user base and does so in an environmentally and ethically sustainable way.

Key Responsibilities

  • Building a highly aligned and collaborative engineering team for the Print business
  • Regularly review and collaborate on the vision and strategy for Canva Print in collaboration with the cross-functional leadership team and in an open and inclusive manner
  • Maintain a strong understanding of the end-to-end user experience across key user segments within the Canva Print business
  • Contribute to the annual and seasonal processes of goal setting and work with functional leaders and product managers to maintain a strong roadmap
  • Regularly review delivery progress with the teams and redirect work as necessary
  • Invest in personal growth and career development of engineering talent within the Print group
  • Drive an environment of high reliability, through engineering and operational excellence
  • Acting as a “bar raiser” for engineering processes and thinking - you bring diverse experience to ensure engineering code and service ownership is always left better than it was found
  • Support the recruitment and development of engineering leaders and specialists within the Print business and help continue to build a diverse leadership pipeline within Canva

Required Background and Experience

  • Extensive experience as a Software Engineering Manager; having previously led multiple teams in a large high-growth environment
  • 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 and highly valuable businesses
  • Be comfortable combining big picture thinking with sweating the details of execution, both for the digital and physical experience
  • 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 an intense learner who relishes global-scale challenges and solutions
  • Be able to inspire others to achieve their full potential and enable the leaders within your organization to build diverse, high-performing teams


  • Flexible hours and a hybrid working model which values work-life balance
  • Our very own Canva University, internal coaching, and Employee Support Programs to help you be your best
  • Unique and flexible leave options so you can recharge, give back, support others or focus on your own professional development 
  • An annual Vibe & Thrive Allowance for you to spend as you choose on personal education, wellbeing, home office, and social connection
  • Virtual and in-office fitness and yoga classes, an onsite gym, and breakfast, and lunch prepared at our pet-friendly Sydney office by in-house chefs
  • Canva For Good program matching your not-for-profit donations and a range of sustainability and ethical initiatives to get involved in
  • Support for family and carers including a parental leave policy that prioritizes inclusivity, recognizing the diverse representations of modern families, and supporting work-life balance
  • And more ...

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