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Senior Data Platform Engineer (Remote across ANZ)



Software Engineering
Perth, WA, Australia
Posted on Friday, June 28, 2024

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 a choice in where and how you work. That means if you want to do your thing in the office (if you're near one), at home or a bit of both, it's up to you.

About the team

You will be joining the Developer Experience team of the Data Platform Group, in the Infrastructure Super Group at Canva.

The Data Platform Group aims to enable significant, scalable and sustainable value via data and insights, through building a world-class data platform and empowering Canvanauts with efficient & effective data capabilities. The Group is responsible for building Canva’s innovative data infrastructure, platforms and services that enable Canva to deliver high-impact outcomes to our customers and our business.

The Developer Experience team focuses on providing seamless and self-service platform tooling and services to users and developers of the data platform whilst ensuring the platform governance policies are enforced with appropriate measures. Additionally, the team is also responsible for building out Canva’s data platform in China.

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:

  • Business Value & Impact
    • Design and implementation of a declarative infrastructure management framework for Canva’s data platform (Snowflake and AWS) to enable self-service data pipeline and analytics development by Canva’s data community
    • Build out automated governance for data platform across all data workloads
    • Uplift & iterate data access controls framework towards finer grain controls and policy-based access controls
    • Improve development practices through improvement to testing strategies and frameworks
  • Engineering Excellence
    • Contribute towards the growth of data platform teams, incl. hiring, onboarding, and training of fellow engineers
    • Contribute towards up/cross skill training on usage of data platform in Canva’s data community
    • Uplift engineering practices, especially in engineering, architecture and documentation
  • Stakeholder Management & Cross-Functional Collaboration
    • Engage data community to improve data platform capabilities and tooling
    • Proactively search and identify opportunities, shape and lead data platform initiatives to achieve material business value

You're probably a match if

  • You possess strong technical expertise and experience in the following areas:
    • Programming and scripting using Python
    • Data processing using Analytical SQL
    • Architecture and design for modern MPP cloud-based data platform and warehouse, Snowflake and AWS preferred
    • Implementing data platform infrastructure resource management framework using Infrastructure as Code declaratively (e.g. Terraform)
    • Creating standardised and isolated local or cloud development environment
    • Improving testing frameworks and strategies, e.g. unit testing and integration testing
    • Building, uplifting data governance capabilities, incl.: managing lineage, classification, treatment, access control, sovereignty, etc.
  • You can see the big picture and think strategically to help:
    • Bring clarity and make informed and data-driven technical decisions with appropriate assumptions in ambiguous situations
    • Define data platform services and products with a platform service mindset
    • Build strategic roadmaps for data platform services towards a common vision
    • Assess tooling vendor and in-house capabilities against the needs of data platform
    • Industrialising common solutions and design patterns for future re-use
  • You are a great communicator and team player that can:
    • Rally the team and stakeholders behind a common goal with your storytelling skills
    • Get complex ideas across using simple yet clear language and examples
  • You can lead key technical delivery with:
    • Focus on quality and excellence as a role model for fellow team mates
    • Experience leading the delivery of critical projects in a fast-paced environment, both independently and with a teams
    • Curiosity and initiative to continuously learn new technologies and tools in the data landscape
    • Passion for mentoring future talents and bring out the best of others

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 stack 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.

Please note that interviews are conducted virtually.