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Backend Software Engineer (Python) - RPC - Remote across ANZ

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Job Description

Job Description

Join the team redefining how the world experiences design.

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Thanks for stopping by. We know job hunting can be a little time consuming and you're probably keen to find out what's on offer, so we'll get straight to the point.

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.

At the moment, this role is focused on:

  • Designing, prototyping and implementing code to bridge the existing Java-based microservices to the Python-based ML systems.
  • Ensuring you are part of all team initiatives that raise the bar for reliability, velocity and security
  • Helping update documentation, and sharing best practices and guidelines for Python engineering.
  • Investigating and understanding production incidents, followed up by applying the learning to code
  • Researching, justifying and advocating your design choices in the form of design docs
  • Liaising with stakeholders across the business, but in particular machine learning groups to understand requirements for production-grade performant solutions.
  • Proposing new approaches and solutions to ensure that Canva can continue to rapidly grow.

You're probably a match if

  • You have commercial experience developing applications in Python; experience with other languages such as Java and TypeScript is a big plus but it’s not necessary.
  • You have demonstrated self-motivation and ownership over complex problems and their solutions, with a strong sense of accountability.
  • You have experience with developing or maintaining interprocess communication protocols is a big plus but is not necessary.
  • You have experience in architecting and building micro-services with Python async web server frameworks would be well regarded.
  • You are comfortable with computer science and engineering fundamentals: concurrency, data structures
  • You have experience working in cloud environments, and ideally, AWS, will be highly valued.
  • You have disciplined coding practices, and experienced with code reviews and pull requests.
  • You have strong communication and team collaboration skills, both written and verbal.

About the team

This role sits within the RPC team which is responsible for making inter-service communication simple, reliable, secure and performant. We are currently helping to evolve and uplift RPC platform capabilities to prepare Canva for 1 Billion monthly active users in 2026.

As a talented senior software engineer within this team, you will be responsible for extending our RPC frameworks to seamlessly interconnect back end services running in Java with those running in Python. We are part of API Platform and our mission is to empower engineers to build efficient, reliable and secure traffic flow for billions of users.

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

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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.

Advice from our career coach

In this role at Canva, you will be designing, prototyping, and implementing code to bridge Java-based microservices with Python-based ML systems, among other responsibilities. To stand out as an applicant, here are some key tips:

  • Highlight your experience with developing applications in Python, and any experience with Java and TypeScript.
  • Showcase your self-motivation, problem-solving skills, and sense of accountability.
  • Emphasize any experience with interprocess communication protocols and architecting microservices with Python.
  • Demonstrate your understanding of computer science fundamentals, cloud environments like AWS, and strong coding practices.
  • Illustrate your strong communication and collaboration skills, both written and verbal.

This role is within the RPC team at Canva, working towards preparing Canva for 1 Billion monthly active users in 2026. The team focuses on making inter-service communication simple, reliable, secure, and performant. As a senior software engineer in this team, you will play a crucial role in extending RPC frameworks to interconnect Java and Python services seamlessly.

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