Senior Frontend Engineer - Motion team - Remote across ANZ



Software Engineering
Perth, WA, Australia
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Company Description

Join the team redefining how the world experiences design.

Hey, g'day, mabuhay, kia ora, 你好, hallo, vítejte!

Thanks for stopping by. We know job hunting can be a little time-consuming and you're probably keen to find out what's on offer, so we'll get straight to the point.

Where and how you can work

Our flagship campus is in Sydney. We also have a campus in Melbourne and co-working spaces in Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. But you have a choice in where and how you work, we trust our Canvanauts to choose the balance that empowers them and their team to achieve their goals.

What you’d be doing in this role

As Canva scales change continues to be part of our DNA. But we like to think that's all part of the fun. So this will give you the flavour of the type of things you'll be working on when you start, but this will likely evolve.

Job Description

About the Team

Video at Canva is embarking on an exciting journey that will shape the future of video editing and social media content creation for millions of users globally. In the next few months, we will deliver a customer-centric, intuitive and powerful video editing platform that seamlessly integrates with the Canva ecosystem to unlock the full potential of the Visual Suite. This enhanced editing experience will make it far easier for social media users to bring their ideas to life, and create engaging and professional content that stands out.

The Motion team is dedicated to enhancing the video editing user experience. We continuously push the technical boundaries to produce smooth looking animations and effects that allows users to create engaging content for their social media surfaces.

Working at the forefront of innovation, this team works with industry leading technology, including Generative AI, WebGL, WebGPU, Web Assembly, etc. We are making substantial investments in building a robust tech stack that not only meets but exceeds industry standards with an improved architecture, ensuring performance, fidelity and user-centric design.

About the Role/Specialty

Video is a complex technical problem that requires multiple parts of the software system to work seamlessly to deliver a smooth video editing and playback experience to users. The Motion team is responsible for enabling innovative animations in our editing & playback experience.

We’re looking for a senior engineer who is not afraid to jump into the complex technical space of animations. Having a deep understanding of the rendering technologies, graphics en



  • Commercial experience with designing and building commercial web applications, ideally in TypeScript, React, and MobX
  • Knowledge of CI/CD patterns and different testing techniques to write highly reliable code
  • Experience working collaboratively in a cross-functional team
  • Excellent written & verbal communication

What you’ll do (responsibilities)

  • Work with the team to solve complex problems in an elegant way
  • Investigate code and behaviour to understand complex user flows through the product
  • Use first principles reasoning and XY problem solving skills to protect the integrity of our artefacts, while supporting Canva to deliver awesome new features and functionality
  • Write and review design documents, both from within the team and from other teams
  • Write and review code implementing features, both from within the team and from other teams
  • Own the entire lifecycle of the code; design, development, test, maintenance, and subsequent fixes and improvements as required to support the product roadmap
  • Demonstrate initiative and ownership in achieving goals, improving processes and solutions
  • Identify opportunities for cross-team collaboration to work on new ideas and improvements that help achieve our goals

What we're looking for

  • A team player who is highly motivated, enthusiastic, and curious
  • A great problem solver
  • Excellent collaboration and communication skills
  • Firmly grounded computer science and engineering fundamentals including data structures, solution design, architecture, and design patterns
  • Commercial experience developing complex web applications
  • Familiarity with Video, Computer Graphics and Rendering technologies (WebGL)