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Staff Backend Software Engineer (Java), Content Group

At the moment, this role is focused on:

  • Optimising content production workflows, building customer-facing content experiences as a product, architecting world-class content review platforms with machine learning and humans-in-the-loop.
  • Building scalable content enrichment and understanding platforms to unlock personalised content discovery and AI experiences.
  • Rolling up your sleeves and writing code to get stuff done, acting as a floating architect and helping various teams design and develop solutions to challenging problems.
  • Putting on your product hat, and seeing opportunities for cross-team collaboration to work on new ideas and improvements that help achieve our goals whilst pitching your ideas to senior stakeholders. 
  • Owning what you shipped, and championing the engineering and operational excellence of the software you build.
  • Facilitating knowledge sharing and effectively advocating for engineering needs to non-technical stakeholders within the group.



You're probably a match if

  • You have commercial experience designing, building and maintaining scalable backend systems with 10k+ QPS.
  • You have 7+ years of experience using Java
  • You have experience with initiating new product/platform ideas, successfully pitching to senior stakeholders and delivering them.
  • You have experience in training, deploying or scaling machine learning models to production environments which is highly desirable.

About the team

Content is Canva’s biggest moat. Our templates, photos, fonts, and stock media play a critical role in empowering our users to design anything and publish anywhere. It will also play a pivotal role in Canva’s AI strategy as the training data powerhouse. Content has far-reaching business impact and is a key driver of user acquisition, retention and revenue.

The content group's mission is to build the most valuable, inspiring, and diverse content library in the world. This includes creating content through our in-house designers & creator community, ingesting content from our iconic partners, building a robust review system to ensure quality & safety and building a world-class content enrichment platform to empower Canva’s AI magic.

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 range 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 support 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.

We celebrate all types of skills and backgrounds at Canva so even if you don’t feel like your skills quite match what’s listed above - we still want to hear from you!

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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 a choice in where and how you work, we trust our Canvanauts to choose the balance that empowers them and their team to achieve their goals.

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.




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