PHP Backend Engineer (Sydney)

Canva, Sydney

Amazingly Simple Graphic Design Software

Since launch in April 2013, we have grown exponentially, amassing over 10 million users in over 100 languages - making us one of the world's fastest-growing technology companies.  With our recent $1,000,000,000 valuation and entry into the coveted unicorn club, we're continuing to make Canva the go-to place for all design needs on the web. 

In order do this, we must ensure the whole of Canva's web presence is top-notch, seamless, and built on a scalable platform and infrastructure. 

We are hiring a PHP Backend Engineer to join our Digital Design Group focused on the development, maintenance, and optimization of Canva's high volume web portals from a customer-facing angle.  These web properties include the Canva Homepage, Canva Design School, Color Wiki, Careers Portal, Photo Tools, Marketplaces, Blogs, and a whole slew of other initiatives.  It's a big deal.

In this role, not only will you employ best practice web development principles - you will also have an impact across the business while working with designers, business stakeholders, and other engineers to ensure we're creating, developing and continuing to deliver the rich web experience our users have come to know and love.


  • Design, development, and optimization of Canva's entire web presence
  • 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


  • Experience and background in building complex and high-traffic, PHP-based web portals
  • Knowledge of data storage retrieval and serialization concepts, operating systems concepts, compiler basics, databases APIs and oAuth
  • Strong understanding algorithm complexity analysis, network and protocols basics, HTTP(s) protocols, and infrastructure basics (there's a test!)
  • Extensive experience working and developing Wordpress or Drupal sites (utilizing multi-site), building plugins, and creating responsive themes (across web browser and mobile)
  • Bachelor of Computer Science or related discipline

  • Nice-to-haves:
  • HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript development experience is highly regarded
  • Experience managing small projects and coordinating across multiple offices and geographies


  • 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
  • Fitness membership allowance, plus free Yoga and Boxing Gym membership
  • Generous parental leave policy
  • Pet friendly offices
  • Sponsored social clubs and team events
  • Fun and quirky celebrations
We ensure that the Canva workspace is setup for you to do your best work and have a great time doing so, with breakout areas, little nooks, quiet places to retreat.

To learn more about how we work, check out this article written by our CTO.
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If you're a passionate technologist seeking a truly challenging opportunity with one of the world's premier technology companies, then apply now to start the discussion with us!

We will not accept or review any CVs from external recruitment agencies.

About Canva

About us At Canva, we create tools that empower the world to design. Our platform combines a drag-and-drop design tool with a stock library of over 1 million photographs, illustrations and imagery. You can also choose from hundreds of professional templates to create social media graphics, presentations, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more. Our mission is to make design simple for everyone. Driven by a team of talented thinkers, an amazing culture and remarkable growth trajectory – we’re out to change the world, one design at a time.

Want to learn more about Canva? Visit Canva's website.