Product Design Lead - Mobile


Location: Sydney

Job Type: Full time


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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.

About the Mobile Team

The mobile team is on a mission to ensure that using Canva is a delightful experience on every device. With greater than 50% of our active users using a mobile device to access Canva, this is a critical pillar for continued success.

As a team we partner closely with the Design Experience group in Canva, as well as our Design Systems team. We work together towards building the simple, yet powerful editing tools that Canva is known for as well as owning base level Mobile UI components that empower other teams throughout the company.

Pursuing our mission will not only support our existing mobile user base, but we believe will also empower people from around the globe to find and use Canva for the first time; Further supporting our company critical Monthly Active User targets.

About the Product Design Specialty

One of the principles of our design team is to ‘show the future’. As designers we transport the rest of the company into a future we’re yet to build. A big part of the role of a product designer at Canva is to be a visionary—visualising and reinventing the future of design.

Product designers at Canva take the dream and make it something everyone can relate to and rally behind. We start from the very early stages: finding the right problem to tackle, exploring ideas for how to solve it and then refining it into a coherent solution. Our product designers carry out research, brainstorming, sketching, prototyping, and collaboration with our engineers to ship great products. We are empathetic user advocates and respect our users’ opinions through interviews, usability testing, and data analysis, as well as wireframing, flowcharting, and journey mapping to show the different stages that customers go through as they come into contact with Canva.

In this role, you'll get to collaborate closely with our Founders, Engineers, Group Leads, Researchers, Product managers and fellow designers to guide our future roadmap and turn Canva’s mobile vision into a reality.

Goals you’ll achieve

  • Contribute UI components to our Figma design system specifically for mobile, tablet or other cross-platform use cases.
  • Draft mobile UI guidelines to empower designers across Canva to ship better, more usable products to our mobile user base.
  • Partner with the mobile team lead Product Manager and Engineer to form a triad and develop a long-term design vision for Canva on mobile devices, across iOS and Android platforms.
  • Evangelise mobile design best practises and share user data with fellow product designers throughout Canva.
  • What you’ll do

  • You will proactively search for and identify high impact problems to solve through research and user empathy. You will use and encourage your team to use data and user feedback to inform team decisions.
  • You will communicate and collaborate with design, engineering and product stakeholders across many parts of Canva to ensure cohesive native patterns are adopted.
  • You will exercise your craft, identifying and producing the necessary visual assets to effectively communicate and test your solutions in order to arrive at high quality designs that are simple, elegant, inclusive and accessible.
  • You will empower other product designers at Canva by building UI components, guidelines and internally evangelising best practises, supporting the usability and growth of Canva’s mobile and cross-platform product.
  • What we’re looking for

  • You have a portfolio that demonstrates your experience in designing web-based and native mobile applications, with interactions that are simple, inclusive and accessible.
  • You have experience in developing UI guidelines and/or design systems that enable others to build on your work effectively.
  • You’re experienced in driving initiatives that have a large product surface area and require a high degree of alignment and consensus building. You’re comfortable and motivated by the challenge of bringing people along for the journey.
  • You have experience designing solutions for a global audience or emerging markets where device capabilities and internet connection quality can vary.
  • You are flexible, pragmatic, strategic, tenacious, and take ownership of deliverables and outcomes – you gotta have hustle.
  • You are an empathetic user advocate. You regularly visualise your ideas through prototypes to test with users and you value the backing of research and data when it comes to shipping new experiences that address real user needs.
  • You thrive in a collaborative workplace; partnering with other designers, engineers, product developers and other disciplines to design and align on feasible and detailed solutions to complex problems.
  • You appreciate big-picture thinking. While details are everything, you can recognise and prioritise the short-term milestones that will move the needle towards the long-term mission.
  • You enjoy a little flexibility in your work. Our growth means there are constantly new things to work on every day, as such it’s likely that you’ll often be working across the board on new and exciting projects.
  • 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.
    You’ve got this!