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PHP Engineer at Canva (Sydney, Australia)

Since launch in August 2013, Canva has grown exponentially. We are one of the world’s fastest growing startups and the journey has only just begun. We take great pride in designing a product and an encompassing experience that users really love. 

As Canva’s reach continues to skyrocket, we aim to make Canva the go-to place for all design needs on the web. This involves ensuring that Canva’s website is top-notch, seamless and working at its best.  

We are looking for PHP Engineers who will be part of our Digital Design team, working on building, maintaining, and optimizing high volume web portals with a customer-facing angle. This person will coordinate with designers and front-enders across our two offices in building the best product in the most efficient way we can.


  • Produce simple, efficient, reusable code mindful of new technologies, paradigm, and ideas

  • Manage external plugins/services/dependencies

  • Provide solutions and help solve problems with infrastructure (i.e. servers, logs, caching)

  • Build new services such as Search, API integrations, node services, WP plugins, etc.

  • Oversee and work on all public facing sites at Canva such as blogs, marketing platforms, careers page, technical support, landing pages, and everything that faces the public outside the core design platform.

  • Provide technical guidance to multiple teams across the company on the most effective ways of implementing desired requirements.

  • Maintaining and optimizing existing products (i.e. About, Design School, landing pages, Help Centre, Wiki, etc.)

  • Support frontenders with efficiency analysis on HTML, CSS, JS


  • Bachelor of Computer Science or related discipline

  • Experience and background in building complex and high-traffic, PHP-based web portals

  • Solid understanding of the following concepts: algorithm complexity analysis, network and protocols basics, HTTP(s) protocols, and infrastructure basics.

  • Extensive experience working and developing Wordpress sites (utilizing multi-site), building plugins, and creating responsive themes (across web browser and mobile)


  • We would love it if you have experience and a good grasp of software engineering

  • HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript development experience is highly regarded

  • Preferably with project management experience

  • Knowledge in the following fields is ideal: Data storage retrieval and serialization concepts, operating systems concepts, compiler basics, databases APIs and oAuth concepts


  • Competitive salary, plus equity options

  • Flexible working hours, we value work-life balance

  • In-house chefs that cook delicious breakfast and lunch for us every single day

  • Fitness membership allowance plus free Yoga membership

  • Generous parental leave policy

  • Pet friendly offices including a beer garden, climbing wall, unisex toilets

  • Sponsored social clubs and team events

  • Fun and quirky celebrations

  • Relocation budget provided and visa application fees covered

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