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Staff Backend Engineer (Java) - Subscriptions

Join the team redefining how the world experiences design.

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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. 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:

  • Playing a leading role in defining the technical roadmap and architecture for the subscription platform services, providing consumers with new enablement capabilities whilst, ensuring that it keeps pace with Canva's fast-growing needs.
  • Becoming an authority in the area of service architecture and service communication, and evangelising best practices for service performance, resiliency, and evolution.
  • Designing and implementing the most intricate aspects of the system, showcasing your skills for tackling complex technical challenges optimally.
  • Proposing innovative approaches and solutions to future-proof our platform within Canva's distributed cloud infrastructure. Engage with others to craft the improvements through writing design documents and running design meetings.
  • Guiding the implementation of major projects, planning task breakdown and keeping engineers in sync using excellent verbal and written communication skills, including architectural diagrams, design docs etc.
  • Providing guidance and mentorship to engineers, assisting them in their professional development and helping them navigate technical challenges.
  • Contributing to the improvement of development processes, tools, and methodologies within the Subscriptions subgroup. This includes actively participating in retrospectives, providing feedback, and driving initiatives to enhance overall engineering efficiency.
  • Having a widespread impact across the organisation by facilitating and orchestrating cross-team initiatives that set a higher standard for reliability, velocity, and security.

You're probably a match if:

  • You have extensive commercial experience in developing sophisticated distributed web applications on the JVM.
  • You have considerable experience with MySQL databases managed with Amazon RDS. Familiarity with DynamoDB is also beneficial.
  • You have considerable experience with planning, implementing architectural changes, and a creative and conceptual problem-solving approach as opposed to a framework or library focused.
  • You have experience with guiding and mentoring software engineers, unblocking technical challenges and being an all-around role model.
  • You are skilled in asynchronous or reactive programming techniques and associated patterns
  • You have a deep knowledge of computer science and engineering fundamentals, including concurrency, data structures, distributed systems, and an understanding of resiliency techniques and patterns such as load balancing, throttling, back pressure, and circuit breaking.
  • You have considerable experience working in large distributed cloud environments (ideally AWS)

About the team

The Revenue Platform group is deeply rooted within the Growth org at Canva which is responsible for supercharging Canva’s product growth engine. We own the strategy and roadmap to empower anyone, anywhere to experience the full value of Canva, be it through subscription management, seamless checkout journeys or localised payment experiences.

The Subscription subgroup within the Revenue Platform is pivotal in driving Canva's revenue growth and establishing the company as a leader in the subscription-based model for both web and mobile platforms. Comprising of 4 teams, this subgroup is responsible for the development and maintenance of product enablement systems that are instrumental in processing the majority of Canva's revenue. These systems play a significant role in various aspects of the subscription lifecycle, including the curating of product SKUs, subscription plans, pricing, discounting solutions and enabling subscribed users to access premium features at Canva.

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!

Please note that interviews are conducted virtually.


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