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Principal Software Engineer, Authorization (Customer Identity)



Software Engineering, Customer Service
United States
Posted on Friday, April 26, 2024

Get to know Okta

Okta is The World’s Identity Company. We free everyone to safely use any technology—anywhere, on any device or app. Our Workforce and Customer Identity Clouds enable secure yet flexible access, authentication, and automation that transforms how people move through the digital world, putting Identity at the heart of business security and growth.

At Okta, we celebrate a variety of perspectives and experiences. We are not looking for someone who checks every single box - we’re looking for lifelong learners and people who can make us better with their unique experiences.

Join our team! We’re building a world where Identity belongs to you.

The FGA Team

The Okta Customer Identity Cloud (CIC) provides robust access management solutions, such as Fine Grained Authorization (FGA) to power customer-facing applications and websites. FGA is a multi-Region software as a service (SaaS) offering for flexible, fine-grained authorization at any scale. It’s based on relationship-based access control (ReBAC), which is an evolution of role-based access control (RBAC) and attribute-based access control (ABAC) authorization models.

The Principle Engineer Opportunity

Reporting to the Director of Engineering, this role will be influential as the product grows to a strong, mature authorization service that exceeds our customer’s needs.

What you’ll be doing

  • Contribute to improving FGAs's product architecture patterns, security controls, and best practices
  • Drive the FGA product forward through strategy, design, requirements, and code
  • Drive technical decision making while striving to hit the right balance between factors such as simplicity, extensibility, reliability, and performance
  • Maintain a value driven perspective on delivery that includes analysis of COGS
  • Collaborate with product, engineering, and security to ensure clarity on requirements and successful delivery of features
  • Embed closely with the FGA teams to deliver against our goals
  • Create an innovation pipeline and serve as a role model for others
  • Partner with other Okta engineering teams to drive adoption of FGA across the other products
  • Participate in the team's on-call rotations to make sure we offer our customers the best availability for our services

What you’ll bring to the role

  • A passion for authorization and the entire identity space
  • An attitude that builds up and creates multipliers across the team
  • Experience building application with amazing scale and resiliency
  • Experience in software development building distributed systems in Go
  • Experience building developer-friendly, API-driven applications using REST and/or gRPC
  • Excellence at creating clarity and alignment for complex technical initiatives
  • 10+ years of software development experience.
  • 5+ years of experience working on cloud applications

And extra credit if you have experience in any of the following!

  • Hands on experience with OpenFGA
  • Hands on experience with Auth0



Below is the annual base salary range for candidates located in California, Colorado, New York and Washington. Your actual base salary will depend on factors such as your skills, qualifications, experience, and work location. In addition, Okta offers equity (where applicable), bonus, and benefits, including health, dental and vision insurance, 401(k), flexible spending account, and paid leave (including PTO and parental leave) in accordance with our applicable plans and policies. To learn more about our Total Rewards program please visit:

The annual base salary range for this position for candidates located in California (excluding San Francisco Bay Area), Colorado, New York, and Washington is between:
$18,800$282,000 USD
The annual base salary range for this position for candidates located in the San Francisco Bay area is between:
$210,000$316,000 USD

What you can look forward to as an Full-Time Okta employee!

Okta cultivates a dynamic work environment, providing the best tools, technology and benefits to empower our employees to work productively in a setting that best and uniquely suits their needs. Each organization is unique in the degree of flexibility and mobility in which they work so that all employees are enabled to be their most creative and successful versions of themselves, regardless of where they live. Find your place at Okta today!

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