C++ Software Engineer - Rendering, Chromium, Blink, Skia, WebKit at Canva
Sydney, AU
At Canva, our mission is to democratize design and empower creativity and visual expression for every person, on every platform.  Since launch in April 2013, our user base has grown exponentially, amassing over 10 million users in over 100 languages, making us one of the world's fastest-growing technology companies.  As of today, we've achieved profitability, and the company is valued over $1-billion, which allows us to strategically prepare us for the next phase of growth and development.
Software engineering is the core of who we are at Canva.  The Canva code base was built to scale from day one. This has allowed for a unique environment where engineers spend most of their time optimizing performance and releasing new features rather than fixing legacy code.  With adherence to fundamentals and first principles, the team strives to use the most appropriate tools for the tasks at hand, aiming to strike that carefully measured balance between getting things done and long-term maintainability of the code base and supporting infrastructure.
The Canva product suite is capable of producing beautiful images and documents in a variety of file formats and physical mediums. Our Export team is seeking an experienced software engineer with experience with browser rendering - specifically with substantive experience with either Chromium (potentially as a contributor), Blink, Webkit, or Skia library experience. This is an opportunity to be a specialist member of the Canva engineering team and be a subject-matter expert with respect graphical rendering.


  • Build out the quality, and performance of Canva’s graphical rendering capability
  • Design and develop new product features and functionality with respect to Canva’s ability to render objects in browser and through to other mediums
  • Performance in debugging, benchmarking, and addressing Identifying and addressing performance bottlenecks with respect to rendering and exports
  • Mentoring new starters; technical interviews; and contributing to growing the team

Required Skills and Experience

  • Four-plus (4+) years of commercial software development experience writing high-performance production-quality code in C++ or Java
  • Experience as a contributor to Chromium (Rendering Core); or commercial experience with Blink, WebKit, or Skia graphical engines / libraries
  • Experience with VFX or Game Engines (such as Unity) is also transferrable; so don’t be afraid to apply
  • Broad knowledge of Cloud (AWS), Networking, and OS (Linux) concepts, services, and best practices is beneficial
  • Firmly grounded computer science and engineering fundamentals including concurrency, multithreading, data structures, solution design, architecture, and design patterns
  • Strong written and verbal communication and collaborative skills

Benefits & Perks

  • Competitive salary, plus equity options
  • Flexible working hours, we value work-life balance
  • In-house chefs that cook delicious breakfast and lunch for us each day
  • Free Gym and Yoga membership
  • Generous parental (including secondary) leave policy
  • Pet-friendly offices
  • Sponsored social clubs and team events
  • Fun and quirky celebrations
  • Relocation budget for interstate or overseas individuals (see below for visa requirements)