Java Software Engineer

At Canva, we work every day to make a significant positive impact on society. Our mission is to democratise design and empower creativity for anyone and everyone, on every platform!
Since launch in April 2013 we have grown exponentially, amassing over 10 million users in over 80 languages, making us one of the world's fastest growing technology companies. We're growing rapidly and building a product that users really love -- just check out Twitter!
Engineering is a core part of who we are. Working with our existing team of a carefully selected engineers from the likes of Google, JetBrains, Yandex, Atlassian, Amazon, Facebook, and popular technology houses from all over the world, we focus on strong software engineering fundamentals and pragmatism. The team strives to use the most appropriate tools for the tasks at hand, and to strike a measured balance between getting things done and long term maintainability.
We also love to have fun. For example, we name our releases alphabetically around themes. We’ve recently done “cheese of the world”, “muppets characters,” and “Crayola colours.” We've done an Australian slang-themed set of release names that has included “mozzie” (meaning mosquitoes) and “ripper” (meaning really good). It's the little things that make Canva an enjoyable place to work and solve problems.
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 optimising performance and releasing new features rather than fixing legacy code. We also have a flat structure where engineers are invited to comment on the direction their peers are taking and are paired for peer-reviewing of code to occur. This ensures that knowledge around the code base is shared and speed of release is quick and efficient. To dig into the in and outs of engineering at Canva, here's an article written by our CTO, Dave, discussing how we get things done.
Finally, if you're curious about some of our technology, the Canva backend is a microservices environment, on AWS, built primarily in Java, with a mix of powerful libraries as well as some bespoke components to do all the magic.

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