Engineering

Java Software Engineer

Beijing, China – Full-time

Canva’s Commitment and Mission                                                   

Canva可画的使命及承诺

At Canva, we celebrate diversity. We deeply believe that bringing together diversity of thoughts, perspectives and expression is key to building the best product, team and company. We look for many different skills and abilities, as well as how you can enhance Canva and our culture. So, even if you don’t think you quite meet all of the skills listed or tick all the boxes, we’d still love to hear from you! 

Our mission at Canva is to empower the world to design and since launching in 2013, we have grown exponentially, amassing over 75 million monthly active users across 190 different countries and a team of over 2,800 people… and the best bit is that we’ve only achieved 1% of what we know we’re capable of. 

Join us and design your future.

At Canva, our mission is to democratize design and empower creativity and visual expression for every person, on every platform.  Since launch in April 2013, our user base has grown exponentially, amassing over 10 million users in over 100 languages, making us one of the world's fastest-growing technology companies.  As of today, we've achieved profitability, and the company is valued over $1-billion, which comfortably prepares us for the next phase of growth and development.

Software engineering is the core of who we are at Canva.  The Canva code base was built to scale from day one. This has allowed for a unique environment where engineers spend most of their time optimizing performance and releasing new features rather than fixing legacy code.  With an adherence to fundamentals and first principles, the team strives to use the most appropriate tools for the tasks at hand, aiming to strike that carefully measured balance between getting things done and long-term maintainability of the code base and supporting infrastructure.

You'll be joining a team of skilled technologists with previous experience at companies such as Google, JetBrains, Yandex, Atlassian, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook; leveraging their knowledge and experience building mass-scale web applications for consumers and businesses alike.

We promote a warm and collaborative work environment by embracing a flat structure where engineers set big goals and are given the tools and support to achieve them.  We also invite our engineers to contribute to the direction their peers are taking with proactive pair ups for peer-reviewing of code as well as regular engineering forums for opinions and ideas to be heard.  These practices ensure that knowledge is shared and releases are quick and efficient. (For a deeper look into Canva's engineering culture, here's an article by our CTO, Dave, discussing how we get things done.)

Finally - you're probably curious about our technology stack.  At a high level, Canva's backend is powered by a set of services (some micro, some not-so-micro) built primarily in Java, hosted on Linux, sitting on AWS.  We also sprinkle in some powerful open-source libraries and tools (have a look at finagle), as well as bespoke components to power some of the magic.

Role Responsibilities

  • You will join Canva as an individual contributor and be paired with a mentor.  Your day to day activities will consist of solution design and hands-on software development - working closely with your leads, designers, and product managers to deliver features and functionality to our 10+ million customers all over the world
  • Once you’ve settled in and have a comfortable grasp of the product, environment, and processes, you'll be given more responsibility and start leveraging your previous experience -- bringing new ideas to the table concerning everything from feature development, process improvement, and product suggestions
  • Taking charge of your career development by seizing opportunities to work across different teams, technologies, and roles
  • Developing and iterating on technical proposals - outlining how solutions will be structured and developed
  • Developing solutions you've designed from the ground up through to deployment into production
  • Identifying and addressing performance bottlenecks within the application and broader infrastructure
  • Participating in design meetings, hiring interviews, and code reviews
  • Performance debugging, benchmarking, and building awesome things in general

Required Experience & Skills

  • Fluent English and Mandarin
  • Two (2) or more years of commercial experience developing complex web applications
  • You’re happy to work exclusively in Java (previous experience with other languages is great)
  • Firmly grounded computer science and engineering fundamentals including concurrency, multithreading, data structures, solution design, architecture, and design patterns.  You’d be surprised how often these things come up here at Canva!
  • That you’re happy to roll the sleeves up and dive into java.util.concurrent from time to time :)
  • Strong communication and collaborative skills, both written and verbal

Benefits

  • Competitive salary, plus equity options
  • Flexible working hours, we value work-life balance
  • Fun and quirky 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.

Working at Canva                                                                                          

加入Canva可画的理由  

Our culture is unlike anywhere else and we design your #CanvaLife experience to empower you to do the best work of your life.  

Whether you’re in the office, working from home or choosing your own adventure, our benefits for permanent Canvanauts include: 

Competitive salary, plus equity options where you will enjoy the rapid growth of Canva and have impact every day. 

Flexible working hours that cater to how you best work. We value work-life balance and you decided what works best for you.

Healthy and delicious breakfast, lunch, fruit, drinks and snacks options. You can enjoy the TGIF special drinks and live cooking.

Unique and flexible leave that goes beyond just standard annual leave including flexible leave, carer’s leave, Force for Good leave, education leave so you can recharge, give back, support others or focus on your own development. 

An annual Vibe & Thrive allowance. This is for you to spend on whatever will support your wellbeing and development. It could be anything, from a fitness center membership to personal development training, or dinner out with a teammate. Because you know what you need, better than anyone.

Virtual and in-office wellness benefits including; Canva University, Fitness Classes (Yoga & Meditation) Employee Assistant Programs, social clubs and team events that are sponsored by the company.   

We make hiring decisions based on your experience, skills and passion. Please note that interviews are conducted virtually. When you apply, please tell us the pronouns you use and any reasonable adjustments you may need during the interview process. / 我们会根据你的经验、技能和对于职位的热情来做出雇佣决定。当你进行申请时,请告诉我们你希望我们对你使用的称谓,以及在面试过程中你可能需要的任何合理调整。