Backend Software Engineer - Design Productivity

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia /
Engineering – Backend /
/ Hybrid
Join the team redefining how the world experiences design.

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Thanks for stopping by. We know job hunting can be a little time consuming and you're probably keen to find out what's on offer, so we'll get straight to the point. 

Where and how you can work

Our flagship campus is in Sydney. We also have a campus in Melbourne and co-working spaces in Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. But you have choice in where and how you work. That means if you want to do your thing in the office (if you're near one), at home or a bit of both, it's up to you. 

What you’d be doing in this role

As Canva scales change continues to be part of our DNA. But we like to think that's all part of the fun. So this will give you the flavour of the type of things you'll be working on when you start, but this will likely evolve.

At the moment, this role is focused on:

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 Design Productivity Group
The Design Productivity group is on a mission to power up design workflows to help everyone from kindergarten to the workplace grow and scale. This means empowering teams, workplaces, and classrooms to use Canva in new and exciting ways to achieve their goals - whether that’s creating a brand from scratch, launching their first website, scheduling content to social media, or generating hundreds of high-quality designs in a just a couple of clicks. 

What you’ll do (Responsibilities)

    • Building tools and frameworks that help us rapidly and effectively conduct experiments across different parts of the Canva app
    • Design, develop and deploy solutions and hands-on software development
    • Work collaboratively and advise leads, product managers, and engineers across teams at Canva to unblock back-end works that help your group deliver features and experiments to our customers worldwide
    • 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

Required Experience & Skills

    • Commercial experience developing sophisticated web applications
    • 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 with team members 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

What's in it for you?

Achieving our crazy big goals motivates us to work hard - and we do - but you'll experience lots of moments of magic, connectivity and fun woven throughout life at Canva, too. We also offer a stack of benefits to set you up for every success in and outside of work.

Here's a taste of what's on offer:
• Equity packages - we want our success to be yours too
• Inclusive parental leave policy that supports all parents & carers
• An annual Vibe & Thrive allowance to support your wellbeing, social connection, office setup & more
• Flexible leave options that empower you to be a force for good, take time to recharge and supports you personally

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Other stuff to know

We make hiring decisions based on your experience, skills and passion, as well as how you can enhance Canva and our culture. When you apply, please tell us the pronouns you use and any reasonable adjustments you may need during the interview process.

Please note that interviews are conducted virtually.