Senior Software Engineer - Backend, Search Infrastructure at Canva
Sydney, AU
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 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.
Canva's search functionality is powered by a set of bespoke and open-source tools.  One of the key components being our Apache Solr instance and the surrounding services, which are responsible for thousands of queries per second - serving up images, templates, and other design elements to our users all over the world.  As we continue to scale up, we’re seeking to build out more search functionality, resiliency, and capability.  Thus, we have an opportunity for a software engineer with a specialization in search infrastructure to join the team and take ownership of that domain.


  • Design, build and support the core infrastructure of our search platform
  • Work cross-functionally with the various platform, technology, and product teams to build out the next generation of high-availability and scalable search capability
  • Build and maintain internal tooling for logging, monitoring, testing, alerting and reporting needs for our search infrastructure
  • Developing solutions you’ve designed from the ground up through from conception to deployment into production
  • Performance in debugging, benchmarking, and addressing Identifying and addressing performance bottlenecks Canva’s search infrastructure
  • Design meetings; code reviews; mentoring new starters; technical interviews; and contributing to growing the team

Required Skills and Experience

  • Five-plus (5+) years of commercial software development experience writing high-performance production-quality code
  • Experience writing performant code in Java, Scala, or Python; not fussed about using Java for the day-to-day
  • Experience developing complex cloud-based search applications and infrastructure at scale
  • Extensive experience with Apache Solr / Lucene or ElasticSearch
  • Broad knowledge of Cloud (AWS), Networking, and OS (Linux) concepts, services, and best practices
  • Firmly grounded computer science and engineering fundamentals including concurrency, multithreading, data structures, solution design, architecture, and design patterns
  • Strong written and verbal communication and collaborative skills

Benefits & Perks

  • Competitive salary, plus equity options
  • Flexible working hours, we value work-life balance
  • In-house chefs that cook delicious breakfast and lunch for us each day
  • Free Gym and Yoga membership
  • Generous parental (including secondary) leave policy
  • Pet-friendly offices
  • Sponsored social clubs and team events
  • Fun and quirky celebrations
  • Relocation budget for interstate or overseas individuals (see below for visa requirements)