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Backend Engineer, (Java) Global Content and Discovery (Open to remote across ANZ)

At the moment, this role is focused on:

  • As an individual contributor, work closely with Machine Learning Engineers to deploy models to production.
  • Develop performant APIs and data processing pipelines that meet latency and/or throughput requirements. In a previous project, we backfilled predictions for tens of billions of items!
  • Run A/B experiments to quantify user impact.
  • Ensure our systems comply with Canvas’s strict policies around data usage for AI.
  • Propose innovative approaches and solutions to ensure we future-proof Canva’s distributed cloud infrastructure as we scale. Participating in design meetings, hiring interviews, and code reviews.
  • Collaborate with other teams in Content and Discovery to provide metadata that helps them on their mission. One team, one dream!

You're probably a match if

  • You have experience with distributed system observability such as monitoring, metrics, log aggregation and tracing. We primarily use DataDog and ElasticSearch. Equivalent experience will be considered.
  • Familiar with asynchronous or reactive programming techniques and associated patterns; At our scale, writing blocking code is often not an option.
  • You will be happy to work in our environment and be familiar with Java, RDS, and AWS.
  • You have experience developing APIs with backend web frameworks and working with third-party open-source libraries.
  • You are firmly grounded in computer science and engineering fundamentals including concurrency, multithreading, data structures, solution design, architecture, and design patterns.
  • You will have the ability to work with a diverse range of individuals from different backgrounds and with different professional and personal needs.

About the team

The Content Understanding Team is on a mission to improve the discoverability of our content (images, video, audio, templates) using machine learning. As a team within Content & Discovery, we work closely with Search Quality and Recommendations teams to find opportunities to apply ML models to annotate content with metadata and improve the discovery experience for users.

Our projects are an opportunity to develop systems that operate at scale and run experiments to quantify user impact using A/B testing.

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 supports you personally

Check out for more info.

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.

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 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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