Oct 13, 2021

Software Engineer - Python /CI/GIT - Developer Platform

  • Canva
  • Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Job Description

We’re constantly working towards making Canva the best place to work, for everyone. We believe deeply that bringing together diversity of thoughts, perspectives and expression is key for building the best product for our equally diverse community all around the world. We celebrate uniqueness and whatever makes you, you and encourage everyone who wants to help us transform the way the world designs, to join us on this journey. We value all different types of experiences. If you don’t think you quite meet all of the qualifications, we’d still love to hear from you.  

About Us
At Canva, our mission is to democratise design and empower creativity for anyone and everyone, on every platform. Inspired by a team of talented thinkers, an amazing culture and a remarkable growth trajectory – we’re out to change the world, one design at a time. 

Since launch in August 2013, we have grown exponentially, amassing over 60 million monthly active users across 190 different countries who have created more than 6 Billion designs. We are one of the world’s fastest-growing technology companies and we have only achieved about 1% of what we want to do.

About the team:

Stable, scalable, and well-maintained systems are the foundations of our development and design processes.  The Developer Platform Group’s mission is to empower any engineer to develop and ship awesome features with the highest efficiency and quality.  We do this by building infrastructure tools and processes that facilitate the entire development life-cycle.  This includes our CI systems, build tools, IDE workflows, source control, and more.  The mission of this role is to maintain and improve our internal tools so that developers working at Canva have a delightful developer experience.


  • Work to improve/maintain internal developer experience platforms that empower engineers to work efficiently.
  • Work across CI, Static Analysis Tooling, IDE Integration (Bazel) and other developer-related domains as necessary to ensure Canva’s engineering teams continue to scale with the demands of the product suite
  • Develop self-service infrastructure from the ground up to empower our engineering teams to work more efficiently
  • Communicate with other teams to figure out the best solutions to their problems
  • Participate in design meetings, interviews, and code reviews
  • Propose new approaches and solutions to ensure we future-proof Canva's distributed cloud infrastructure as we scale up
  • Be invariably passionate about performance debugging, benchmarking, building awesome things, and picking up new technologies and skills

Required Skills and Experience

  • As aSoftware Engineer, have experience building internal tooling for CI, infrastructure, or developer efficiency/productivity
  • Advanced coding proficiency in Python and strong Computer Science and OOP fundamentals. 
  • An understanding of the DevOps ecosystem concerning tooling, Continuous Delivery, Continuous Integration, Infrastructure as Code
  • Experience working in Linux cloud-based services in AWS, Google Cloud, or Azure
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; strong soft skills when managing both technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • Be self-motivated with a strong sense of ownership over complex problems and their related solutions

Bonus Experience (not mandatory, but beneficial)

  • Extensive knowledge of and experience improving CI systems and Static Analysis
  • Strong knowledge on IDE plugins and integrations; particularly with Bazel
  • Being familiar and comfortable with introducing tools for source control performance and previous implementation thereof
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.

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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 the Department of Home Affairs.

We will not accept or review any CVs from external recruitment agencies.

We make hiring decisions based on your experience, skills and passion. If you’re keen to apply and need reasonable adjustments or would like to note which pronouns you use at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.