Principal Backend Engineer - Content Management (open to remote across ANZ)

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia /
Engineering – Backend /
Canva’s Commitment and Mission

At Canva, we celebrate diversity. We deeply believe that bringing together diversity of thoughts, perspectives and expression is key to building the best product, team and company. We look for many different skills and abilities, as well as how you can enhance Canva and our culture. So, even if you don’t think you quite meet all of the skills listed or tick all the boxes, we’d still love to hear from you! 

Our mission at Canva is to empower the world to design and since launching in 2013, we have grown exponentially, amassing over 86 million monthly active users across 190 different countries and a team of over 3,000 people… and the best bit is that we’ve only achieved 1% of what we know we’re capable of. 

Join us and design your future.

About Teams & Education (T&E)
Our mission at Canva is to empower the world to design, and we have launched multiple SaaS products tailored to the needs of some of our biggest audiences; Canva Pro, Canva for Enterprise, Canva for NFPs, and Canva for Education.

The T&E Super-Group is responsible for the success of these products, which have millions of customers in almost every country around the world and are responsible for driving much of Canva’s revenue. T&E is responsible for the end to end of these products; everything from crafting & building amazing product experiences, our GTM strategies to launch them, commercial partnerships, global distribution strategies, and so much more.

While we have achieved a lot, we aim to 10x the growth of each of these products globally over the next few years. The Super-Group is made up of 4 Groups, 15 teams and almost 200 diverse individuals who work together to delight our users with our tailored products and help Canva to achieve its user and growth goals.

About our Content Management Team
Our Content Management team is on a mission to empower individuals and teams of all sizes to easily access & organise all of their content. We want to be the tool everyone loves & relies upon, every day, in every team, and we believe building a content management experience loved by teams is the key to getting Canva there. We already have a great team and an ambitious and very well-defined vision & roadmap but are missing a Principal Engineer who can tackle these problems and grow the other engineers in the team.

What you'll do (Responsibilities)

    • Building tools and frameworks that help us rapidly and reliably conduct experiments across different parts of the Canva app
    • Design, develop and deploy complex solutions and hands-on software development for the team’s high-scale critical backend services
    • Work collaboratively and consult with leads, Product Managers, and Engineers across teams at Canva to unblock backend works that help your group deliver features and experiments to our customers worldwide
    • Communicate effectively with Product Managers and Engineers across Canva when developing a solution; seeks and incorporate diverse perspectives to address complex issues
    • Facilitate knowledge sharing and effectively advocate for engineering needs to non-technical stakeholders within the group
    • Models initiative and ownership in achieving goals, improving processes and solutions
    • Identifies opportunities for cross-team collaboration to work on new ideas and improvements that help achieve our goals
    • Provide strategic recommendations to the team technical roadmap and group leadership

Required Experience & Skills

    • Commercial experience developing and maintaining complex web applications including high-scale critical backend services
    • Most of our code is in Java, so ideally you will be comfortable using Java.
    • Firmly grounded computer science and engineering fundamentals including concurrency, multithreading, data structures, solution design, architecture, and design patterns
    • Working collaboratively across multiple teams and communicating effectively
    • Good writing and verbal communication skills

Nice to have

    • Experience in A/B testing and Experiment Driven Development
    • Experience developing frontend web applications

Working at Canva 

Our culture is unlike anywhere else and we design your #CanvaLife experience to empower you to do the best work of your life.  

Whether you’re in the office, working from home or choosing your own adventure, our benefits for permanent Canvanauts include: 

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.   

We make hiring decisions based on your experience, skills and passion. Please note that interviews are conducted virtually. When you apply, please tell us the pronouns you use and any reasonable adjustments you may need during the interview process.