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Staff Software Engineer, Backend (Customer Identity)



Software Engineering, Customer Service
United States
Posted on Monday, July 1, 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.

Awesome tech is made by awesome people, and we’re always looking for new team members who bring energy, passion, commitment, and collaboration. These qualities have made Okta the great company it is today.

So, what do we build exactly? Okta’s Customer Identity is an authentication and authorization platform designed by developers for developers. Basically, we make users' logins safe, secure, and seamless. Our mission is to secure the world’s identities so innovators can innovate, but it’s a big mission that requires a lot of teamwork.

We are looking for a Staff Software Engineer to join our high-caliber Extensibility Engineering team to help us continue to improve our ultra-low latency, secure, and scalable platform for untrusted code execution. In this role, you will have the opportunity to significantly contribute to the foundation of the Customer Identity Ecosystem, realizing a huge impact for our customers and partners.

As a member of Developer Experience - Extensibility, you will:

  • Lead, Design, architect, and document large-scale projects using technologies such as Node.js, Golang, MongoDB, PostgreSQL, AWS, Azure, and Kubernetes.

  • Mentors others by coaching and delegating responsibilities to others. Collaborates with Engineering Manager on buy-in and direction.

  • Contribute to improving Auth0's architecture, performance, observability, security controls, and best practices.

  • Collaborate with Product and Security teams to define and continually improve Auth0’s Extensibility platform and architecture.

  • Participate in our on-call rotations for troubleshooting production issues.

Key Qualifications:

  • 8+ years of experience in software development building distributed systems (Node.js and/or Go).

  • Strong experience in API-driven applications using REST and/or gRPC.

  • Experience with packaging and distributing containerized applications using Docker and Kubernetes.

  • Experience with sandboxing untrusted code or tenant isolation (both preferred but not required).

  • A high bar for both code quality as well as quality of user experience.

  • Proven ability to collaborate with others to drive initiatives forward.

Nice To Haves:

  • Frontend application development in React/Angular (or other JavaScript frameworks) is a plus.

  • An understanding of evergreen infrastructure and CI/CD best practices


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:
$160,000$240,000 USD
The annual base salary range for this position for candidates located in the San Francisco Bay area is between:
$179,000$269,000 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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