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Software Engineering Manager - Design Automation


Location: Sydney

Job Type: Full time


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Our mission at Canva is to empower the world to design and since launching in 2013, we have grown exponentially, amassing over 110+ million monthly active users across 190 different countries and a team of over 3,400 people… and the best bit is that we’ve only achieved 1% of what we know we’re capable of.

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Lead the Design Automation group and be directly responsible for a team of frontend engineers who are making design faster and more enjoyable through automation.

About the group
This group is essential in fulfilling Canva's mission to 'empower the world to design' by using AI to automate design decisions for our users, irrespective of their design skill level. By making the editor 'smarter' through AI, you will have a huge impact in driving user growth and retention by taking our product to the next level.

We are exploring new territory. Outside the domain of pixels, Design AI is severely under-developed across the entire tech industry. Whilst conventional modern ML techniques clearly play a role in Design AI, much of it does not easily apply to working with structured design data or operating within the constraints of a browser-based editor. It’s necessary to combine modern ML with low-mid tech algorithms, design domain knowledge, heuristics, and crafty new inventions.

As our Software Engineering Manager, you will support multi-talented engineers in adopting new expertise and inventing new technologies.

What you'll do

  • Coach, mentor, and strengthen a team of engineers (including emerging leaders) through project selection, knowledge sharing and balancing delivery expectations
  • Nurture and grow skills in the team including machine learning, colour science, computational geometry, metaheuristics, design principles and related skills
  • You will give meaningful input into the engineering direction and strategy for the group
  • You will resource plan effectively as the feasibility of our projects are very tightly linked to the skills sets and strengths of specific engineers
  • You will work closely with the Product Manager to understand and contribute to the product roadmap.
  • You will drive the planning and refinement of seasonal goals, ensuring there is alignment between the company, group, and teams.
  • You will own and drive the delivery of large, cross-team, and cross-group initiatives and projects from ideation to completion, with autonomy and independence of decision making.
  • What you bring

  • Proven technical and people leadership, particularly leading full-stack teams (ideally including machine learning, though not essential) and growing leaders
  • Experience or strong interest in design. This team works at the intersection of engineering and design so a genuine desire or proven experience in this space is essential
  • Commercial experience in a software development environment, ideally as a front end engineer with people leadership experience. Our frontend stack consists of JavaScript, HTML, CSS, React, TypeScript, MobX, etc. Our backend is primarily Java-based with all our infrastructure living on AWS.
  • Firmly grounded computer science and engineering fundamentals including concurrency, multithreading, data structures, solution design, architecture, and design patterns.
  • You can effectively communicate (inside the team and outside) the value of short- and long-term features, translating technical details to the business value, building support and trust from stakeholders.
  • Proven track record in running long-term engineering projects
  • This role is remote-friendly across Australia and New Zealand - you don't have to live in Sydney to make a huge impact at Canva. Apply now to be considered!

    Working at Canva

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    • 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.

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