Staff Software Engineer, Backend at Okta (Remote)

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Okta is the identity standard. The Okta Identity Cloud is an independent and neutral platform that securely connects the right people to the right technologies at the right time. We help organizations do two things - secure and manage their extended enterprise, and transform their customers' experiences. With over 14,000 customers, 7000+ app integrations, and well over 200 million registered users, we are only getting started.

The Okta Privileged Access Management (PAM) is an identity-centric approach to a common and critical privileged access use case. Our elegant Zero Trust architecture is purpose-built for the modern cloud and helps customers solve challenging security and operations pain points at scale.

We're looking for a staff-level backend engineer to join a team of highly skilled and talented team players who're proud of what they own and deliver. Our elite team is fast, creative, and flexible; with a weekly release cycle and individual ownership, we expect great things from our engineers and reward them with stimulating new projects, new technologies, and the chance to have significant equity in a company that is changing the cloud computing landscape forever.

You Will

  • Work with engineering teams to design, develop and deliver cloud-based infrastructure projects on a modern tech stack (Kubernetes, RDS, DynamoDB, Kinesis, MKS, Redis, OpenSearch, Docker, Terraform on AWS)
  • Drive evaluation, development, and rollout of new common microservices
  •  Operate, support, and upgrade shared services and frameworks. Scale these as their usage invariably grows along with Okta's business.
  •  Evaluate existing systems to evolve them for serving in specialized circumstances to support Okta's future business needs
  •  Conduct design and code reviews. Ascertain that proposed designs consider scale, redundancy, and multi-tenancy. Ensure high programming standards by writing unit and functional tests.
  •  Monitor, troubleshoot, and fix services and frameworks the team owns
  • Evaluate system performance and resolve bottlenecks
  • Provide technical guidance and mentorship to junior developers
  • Collaborate with architects, QA, product owners, security and operations engineers

You Have

  • Immense passion for doing the right thing to help Okta's technology stay ahead of its anticipated business growth
  • Solid technology chops in architecting, implementing, tuning, and debugging some of the largest cloud deployments in the enterprise world
  • A good understanding of computer science fundamentals such as data structures and algorithms”
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or equivalent; master's preferred.
  • 7+ years of extensive programming experience in a modern programming language like Go, Java, or C++ especially in backend services. Go is preferred. 
  •  4+ years experience working with PostgreSQL or equivalent relational database systems. Experience with designing and querying databases with optimization in mind is a plus.
  •  Experience with Cloud fundamental building blocks like IaC, Observability, Secrets Management, CI / CD pipelines, secure coding practices, and compliance. 
  •  Demonstrated experience of working with REST and thorough understanding of its fundamentals
  •  Experience with AWS, Redis, Elasticsearch / OpenSearch, Kinesis, Kafka, and Docker
  •  Knowledge of network security, authentication, and authorization
  •  Demonstrably followed best software engineering principles
  •  Familiarity with Agile software development process

Okta is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Okta is rethinking the traditional work environment, providing our employees with the flexibility to be their most creative and successful versions of themselves, no matter where they are located.  We enable a flexible approach to work, meaning for roles where it makes sense, you can work from the office, or from home, regardless of where you live.  Okta invests in the best technologies and provides flexible benefits and collaborative work environments/experiences, empowering employees to work productively in a setting that best and uniquely suits their needs.  Find your place at Okta 

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More Information on Okta
Okta operates in the Cloud industry. The company is located in San Francisco, CA, Bellevue, WA, Washington, DC, Chicago, IL and San Jose, CA. Okta was founded in 2009. It has 4148 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Volunteer in local community, Partners with nonprofits, Friends outside of work, Eat lunch together, Intracompany committees and Group brainstorming sessions. To see all 61 open jobs at Okta, click here.
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