Technical Team Lead - Data Engineering

Sydney – Full-time

At Canva, we’re transforming the way the world designs by building a suite of easy-to-use design tools (for graphics, animation, video, and print) in over 100 languages, and across browser-based and mobile platforms.

Since launch in April 2013, we have grown exponentially, amassing over 40 million users in over 100 languages.  We are the most valuable technology company in Australia, and one of the world’s fastest-growing technology companies in the world.  We’re a values-driven organization with an engineering mindset that applies to everything that we do.  Last year we continued to increase revenue and profitability, grew our valuation, and cracked the Top 10 in the Cloud 100.

Canva’s intuitive suite of design tools is built by an amazing team of engineers, designers, and product specialists from all over the world.  As the features and services of our product suite expand, we’re setting some large and ambitious goals and thus -- are seeking Technical Leads to ensure that our analytics platform scales deliver value to our internal customers.

Canva’s analytics platform ingests billions of events daily which feed into our data warehouse, product analytics tooling, experiment analysis, marketing platform, batch ML pipelines, and allow any Canva service to consume a live stream of analytics events. We are critical to providing the data used to make decisions at Canva.

The role will be a mix of 50% hands-on technical leadership and hands-on development and 50% people leadership so you will still be able to get your hands dirty in the code.  This role is based in Sydney, open to remote applicants within Australia, and qualifies for interstate relocation for those who wish to work from Sydney HQ.


  • Drive the development and technical strategy of Canva’s core user behavior data collection infrastructure and clients
  • Hands-on design, development, and deployment of large scale mission-critical web services
  • Discover requirements and direct roadmap by building relationships with a wide range of users including Frontenders, Backenders, Data Analysts, Performance Marketers, Data Scientists, and Data Warehouse Engineers.
  • Drive delivery of large-scale cross-company projects from ideation to completion within start-up time frames to develop new features and products - while also ensuring Canva’s overall reliability, performance, security, and stability
  • Provide leadership to grow a team of 5 to 8 Canvanauts through effective hiring, coaching, succession planning, and retention strategies
  • Promote a safe and healthy culture with a focus on collaboration and open communication
  • Set up and run ongoing feedback sessions, initiatives to help drive a healthy code review culture, knowledge sharing, design showcases, and helping improve processes through retrospectives

Required Skills & Background

  • Experience with technical and people leadership - having previously led small high-performing teams.
  • Coding proficiency and well as previous experience as a software engineer with a specialization in backend development or data systems
  • Happy to work in our environment - our core stack is Java and Typescript (some Python and Bash sneaking in here and there) sitting on AWS infrastructure
  • Capable of building consensus and getting buy-in with multidisciplinary stakeholders
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; with the ability to work with a diverse range of individuals from different backgrounds and with different professional and personal needs
  • Demonstrable product and commercial acumen
  • Be capable of leading by example - promoting Canva’s values, no-blame mentality, and inclusive culture

Beneficial Experience

  • Experience with distributed message buses (Kafka / Kinesis / Pub Sub) and event streaming architectures
  • Familiarity with large-scale software delivery in cloud-based environments

Perks & Benefits

  • Competitive salary, plus stock options via our ESOP plan
  • Flexible daily working hours, we value work-life balance
  • Breakfast and lunch prepared by our wonderful Vibe team in Sydney HQ
  • Onsite-Gym and Yoga Membership
  • End-of-Trip Facilities: Bicycle parking and showers
  • Generous parental (including secondary) leave policy
  • Pet-friendly offices
  • Internal Coaching and Employee Support Programs
  • Sponsored social clubs, team events, and celebrations

This role is open to remote applicants within Australia that do not need visa sponsorship.  We will require occasional travel to Sydney up to three times per quarter, once it is safe to do so.

The Canva workspace is set up for you to do your best work and have a great time doing so, with breakout areas, little nooks, and quiet places to retreat.

If you're seeking professional growth and enjoy working on complex, large-scale, online products that delight our millions of individual and business users alike all over the world - then apply now to be considered for the position!

We will not accept or review any CVs from external recruitment agencies.