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Software Engineer - Core Data (Open to Remote across ANZ)

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia – Full-time

Canva’s Commitment and Mission

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.

About the Team 

Core Data is a new team we are building in Canva whose main mission is to take the data persistence mission to the next level. Not only provisioning and configuring resources as per the best of the practices but also be absolute experts in the technologies we most frequently leverage in Canva. They do that by contributing to the application layer (owning the technology libraries/services used for common operations, like access, sharding and abstractions) and dropping into service teams as consultants to help with modelling and performance optimisations, etc.

We expect the team to have a mix of skillsets but the strongest representation will be of Software Engineers who will be solving a multitude of problems with code. We need them to be comfortable with the fundamentals of database internals (data structures, threading, etc).


  • Design and implement processes, tools, automation, services and libraries that internal engineering teams will use and rely on to fulfill their missions efficiently and reliably
  • Own the lifecycle of datastores at Canva. From provisioning to configuration for performance, disaster-readiness and beyond 
  • Be a contact point and subject matter expert with respect to our Data Persistence layer and specific technologies
  • Develop infrastructure solutions with scalability, high-availability, and security in mind
  • Collaborate with other teams across Canva to work out the best solutions to their persistence problems
  • Propose and contribute to new approaches and solutions to ensure we future-proof Canva's distributed cloud infrastructure as we continue scaling globally
  • Participate in solution design meetings, hiring interviews, and code reviews

Required Experience and Background

  • Commercial experience working with and developing complex, distributed applications
  • Deep understanding of the fundamentals of databases and persistence of data
  • Extensive experience using, abstracting and optimising data stores. Experienced with MongoDB, Redis or MySQL
  • Experience working with a mainstream programming language such as Java or Python
  • Experience building reliable and durable systems and/or strong knowledge of Google SRE
  • Disciplined coding practices, experience with code reviews and pull requests and a creative and conceptual problem solving approach
  • Strong communication and team collaboration skills. You will be expected to share the knowledge, communicate and coordinate changes across multiple teams
  • Experience working with infrastructure as code

Working at Canva 

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: 

Equity packages for you to truly be a part of the Canva journey. 

We have a hybrid work model (in-office & from home), so while our offices are always open to you, we aim to come together for 8 days a year at minimum - balancing flexibility and connection

Flexible leave so you can recharge, give back, support others or focus on your own professional development.

Inclusive parental leave policy that supports all parents and carers throughout their parenting and caring journey.

An annual Vibe & Thrive allowance. This is for you to spend on whatever will support your wellbeing and development.. because you know what you need to Vibe and Thrive, better than anyone.

Virtual and in-office wellness benefits including Canva University, Employee Assistant Programs and Fitness & Meditation Classes.

Canva For Good program matching your not-for-profit donations, Force for Good leave (3 paid volunteering days) and a range of sustainability and ethical initiatives to get involved in.   

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.