26 Oct, 2021

Product Designer - Search & Discovery

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Full time Creative-Design Information Technology Research

Job Description

We’re constantly working towards making Canva the best place to work, for everyone. We believe deeply that bringing together diversity of thoughts, perspectives and expression is key for building the best product for our equally diverse community all around the world. We celebrate uniqueness and whatever makes you, you and encourage everyone who wants to help us transform the way the world designs, to join us on this journey. We value all different types of experiences. If you don’t think you quite meet all of the qualifications, we’d still love to hear from you.  

About Us

At Canva, our mission is to democratise design and empower creativity for anyone and everyone, on every platform. Inspired by a team of talented thinkers, an amazing culture and a remarkable growth trajectory – we’re out to change the world, one design at a time. 

Since launch in August 2013, we have grown exponentially, amassing over 60 million monthly active users across 190 different countries who have created more than 6 Billion designs. We are one of the world’s fastest-growing technology companies and we have only achieved about 1% of what we want to do.

About the group

The Search & Recommendations Group is responsible for the discovery & searchable experience of all the content on Canva, whether it be the 100 million public assets or a user’s private content. Search is the platform that brings this content to our users, and a relevant and reliable search is a fundamental multiplier on the value of Canva as a platform. 

You’ll be responsible for the product design for the private search experience, collaborating with your Product Manager to develop elegant and useful designs to get the right content into our users’ hands. This role will be instrumental in laying the foundations for search and recommendations excellence in Canva, getting into the technical details to design the best possible solutions.  Working with several product teams, you’ll work with highly proficient engineers, tech leads, and product managers across Canva looking to make their content visible.  

About Product Design team at Canva

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.

Goals you’ll achieve (0-6 month goals)

  • Get to know our customers and conduct initial research to understand their needs when searching for private content in Canva
  • Identify opportunities for short and long term improvements to the private search experience
  • Collaborate with the wider group to drive a vision for global search, advocating for private search users.

What you’ll do

  • Empower the designers who create our beautiful in-house content with a powerful set of tools to manage our content and workflow
  • Create and maintain a design system to make building our internal tools a breeze
  • Collaborate with the Senior Product Designer and Product Manager on a strategy and vision for this space
  • Build the product features that will help millions of people to sell their designs on Canva
  • Gather learnings to iterate through research and data—we have a close relationship with our Beta users which enables us to unearth valuable insights to improve their experience
  • Bring a little “Canva magic” to the publishing experience
  • Have an impact on millions of users who sign up or login to Canva every month

What we’re looking for 

  • A portfolio that demonstrates experience in product thinking where you have previously shipped UX/UI design for digital products.
  • You are excited by regularly coming up with new ideas, shipping new products and features that address your users’ real needs. 
  • You are an empathetic user advocate that values the backing of research and data analysis when it comes to design
  • You are a problem solver that’s excited by a challenge. You enjoy sitting in a room collaborating on ideas to confidently come up with simple solutions that everyone can move forward with
  • you are an excellent communicator, you seek understanding first and strive to communicate clearly in a helpful way;
  • 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.
  • You know when to be scrappy to get something delivered, and when to push back to really uncover the root user need
  • You appreciate big picture thinking. While details are everything, creating an experience that always keeps our users in mind is equally as important. 
  • You are comfortable at formulating hypotheses and leading them with the team from ideation to execution and drive those learnings back to the team and organization
  • ** Please send across your portfolio / examples of your work when applying

What you'll learn and how you'll develop at Canva

  • How to think beyond mockups and prototypes—applying novel approaches and design thinking to the entire product development cycle.
  • How to think creatively and collaboratively into the future. We are passionate, inspired, motivated individuals who are excited by big vision projects that give us all the opportunity to think like a CEO—constantly pushing ourselves.
  • How to push your creativity and passion to the limit. How to solve problems that have never been solved before.

Canva Information


Canva is currently one of Australia’s hottest technology startups and has been ranked Australia’s #1 place to work.


We mean it when we say we want to create a workplace that you love coming to. Our culture is unlike anywhere else and our offices are designed with workspaces for every mood, to help you do great work. At Canva you can be part of a company that is growing rapidly, building a product that users really love.


Psst -We have two in-house chefs that whip up amazing breakfasts and lunches for the whole team - check out what's cooking at: https://instagram.com/canvalife


Being a Force for good.


One of our core values at Canva, “Being a force for good” means we are actively working towards a world that isn't just good for a small few, but one that’s good for everyone. We believe deeply that bringing together diversity of thoughts, perspectives and expression is key for building the best product for our equally diverse community. To achieve this, we need to constantly work towards making Canva the best place to work, for everyone.

We make hiring decisions based on your experience, skills and passion. If you’re keen to apply and need reasonable adjustments or would like to note which pronouns you use at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.  

Remote Status

100% Remote | Work From Home

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