Search Infrastructure Software Engineer - Python, AWS, Solr / ElasticSearch
Sydney, AU
1d ago

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 20 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 $3.2 billion, which comfortably prepares us for the next phase of growth and development.

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 extensive experience in Apache Solr or ElasticSearch to join the team and take ownership of that domain.


  • Design, build out, and support our search platform - the Solr infrastructure, Solr application logic & Search relevance improvements
  • Work with the data-science to power and improve the discovery and search experiences across Canva
  • Ensuring that the millions of public assets that Canva stores are searchable & the right content is delivered to the user at the right time
  • 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, load 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 Background

  • Five-plus (5+) years of commercial software development experience writing high-performance production-quality code in Python and Bash (experience with Java is a plus, but not required)
  • Extensive experience with Apache Solr or ElasticSearch
  • Experience developing complex cloud-based search applications and infrastructure at scale
  • 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
  • Be self-driven, able to take ownership of projects, and be able to think in terms of systems, process, and business value, not just technology
  • Benefits & Perks

  • Competitive salary, plus stock options via our ESOP plan
  • Flexible daily working hours, we value work-life balance
  • Breakfast and lunch prepared by our wonderful Vibe team
  • Onsite-Gym and Yoga Membership
  • End-of-Trip Facilities : Bicycle parking and showers
  • Generous parental (including secondary) leave policy
  • Pet-friendly offices
  • Internal Coaches and an Employee Wellness Program
  • Sponsored social clubs, team events, and celebrations
  • Relocation budget for interstate or overseas individuals (see below for visa information)
  • 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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    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 Department of Home Affairs.

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

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