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Software Engineering Lead - Internal Applications & Tools

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia – 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.

To help us operate effectively as we rapidly scale our headcount, we’ve invested in bespoke internal products such as a people directory and office dashboards. These products are tailored to Canva’s needs and help us maintain our culture. We are looking for a Technical Team Lead to coach a talented team of engineers to ensure the continued success of our internal apps.


The role will be a mix of 50% hands-on technical direction and full stack software development and 50% people leadership so you will still be able to get your hands dirty. 

This role is based in Sydney, open to remote applicants within Australia and New Zealand, and qualifies for relocation for those who wish to work from Sydney HQ.

Where you'll have impact

  • Drive delivery of products that empower internal culture and workforce effectivity from ideation to completion within start-up timeframes
  • Drive technical strategy and provide leadership to your team in a fast-paced user-focused environment
  • Create and own the roadmap for your team through engagement with stakeholders from around the business
  • Be effective at internal stakeholder management to ensure we’re working on the most impactful things
  • Develop and grow a team of software engineers through effective coaching, engagement and retention strategies, and strategic hiring
  • Provide technical guidance through review of technical designs and code reviews
  • Promote a safe and healthy culture with a focus on collaboration and open communication.

What you'll bring

  • Experience with technical and people leadership - having previously led high-performing teams where everyone is able to share their best ideas and be their best selves
  • Commercial experience working with developing user facing web applications
  • Solid knowledge of web app architecture and languages including Python, Typescript, HTML, CSS and SQL on AWS infrastructure
  • Disciplined coding practices, experience with code reviews and pull requests, and a creative and conceptual problem-solving approach.
  • An understanding of the DevOps ecosystem concerning tooling, Continuous Delivery, Continuous Integration, Infrastructure as Code
  • Strong communication and team collaboration skills, both written and verbal, as you will need to share knowledge, communicate and coordinate changes with stakeholders that may be non-technical.
  • Be capable of leading by example - promoting Canva’s values, no-blame mentality, and engineering values
  • Nice to have - previous experience alongside a systems administration teams and developing tooling in that context.

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. 

We have a hybrid work model (in-office & from home), with our offices are always open to you balancing flexibility and connection

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.   

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.