Senior Software Engineer, Java - Data Analytics Platform

Canva, Sydney

Amazingly Simple Graphic Design Software

Duration: Full-Time

At Canva, we work every day to make a significant positive impact on society. Our mission is to democratise design and empower creativity for anyone and everyone, on every platform! Since launch in 2013 we have grown exponentially, amassing over 30 million users in over 100 languages. We are one of the world’s fastest growing technology companies with software engineering being the core part of who we are.
In this role at Canva, you will be building out the infrastructure to support the efforts of the Product, Data Science and Data Analytics capability across the entire business - ensuring we continue to deliver business value and rich features and functionality to our millions of users around the world. 
Some of the technologies in our environment you’ll be working with include: Java, Scala, Terraform, Docker, Python. You'll also be heavily exposed to the tools we use within AWS, including Kinesis Data Streams (KDS), and EC2 Container Service (ECS).


  • Designing, building, future-proofing and operating large scale data infrastructure in production (performance, reliability, monitoring)
  • Thinking through long-term impacts of key design decisions and handling failure scenarios 
  • Responsibility for the continued development of new features, functionality, and optimization from raw data ingestion, to the access and serving layers
  • Responsibility for the delivery of Data projects from inception to deployment across a wide range of initiatives across the business; in conjunction with Growth, Experiments, Analytics, and the Data Science Team

Your Experience & Skills

  • Software engineering skills; ideally not constrained to a particular area of our stack but rather able to navigate it holistically
  • Understanding of Computer Science/Engineering fundamentals and first principles covering: non-trivial system design, concurrency, multithreading, data structures, architecture, and various design patterns
  • Advanced coding proficiency in Java (all interviews will be in Java) (Python, Scala, C#, or C++ experience is nice to have)
  • Communication skills and ability to work cross-functionally across the business
  • Experience working in cloud-hosted Linux environments (AWS, Google Cloud, Azure)
  • Understanding of databases with solid working knowledge of SQL
  • Understanding of distributed data processing methodologies, frameworks, and best practices


  • Competitive salary, plus stock options via our ESOP plan
  • Flexible working hours, we value work-life balance
  • Breakfast and lunch prepared by our wonderful Vibe team
  • Onsite-Gym and Yoga Membership
  • End-of-Trip Facilities: Bicycle parking and showers
  • Generous parental (including secondary) leave policy
  • Pet-friendly offices
  • Sponsored social clubs, team events and celebrations
  • Relocation budget for interstate or overseas individuals (see below for visa information)
The Canva workspace is set up for you to do your best work and have a great time doing so, with breakout areas, little nooks, and quiet places to retreat.

Want to experience Canva for yourself?
Check out what life is like at Canva on Instagram.
Check out what our users are saying about us on Twitter.
Learn how we work from Dave, our CTO
Get to know our Chef, Chris
Meet our CEO, Melanie
Finally, give Canva a go!

If you're seeking professional growth and enjoy working on large, distributed, cloud-based applications that delight our millions of individual and business users alike - then apply now to be considered for the position!

If you require visa sponsorship, you must ensure you have at least two (2) years of post-University commercial experience as a Software Engineer and meet the mandatory sponsorship requirements laid out by Department of Home Affairs.

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.