Director of Software Engineering, Data Platforms (Remote Eligible)

About Okta:

Okta is an enterprise grade identity management service, built from the ground up in the cloud and delivered with an unwavering focus on customer success. With Okta you can manage access across any application, person or device. Whether the people are employees, partners or customers or the applications are in the cloud, on premises or on a mobile device, Okta helps you become more secure, make people more productive, and maintain compliance.

The Okta service provides directory services, single sign-on, strong authentication, provisioning, workflow, and built in reporting. It runs in the cloud on a secure, reliable, extensively audited platform and integrates deeply with on premises applications, directories, and identity management systems.

Position Description:

The Director of Data Platforms Engineering will head the Software Engineering organization responsible for building a data platform that is core to Okta’s vision.

The Data Platforms team is responsible for designing, building, and deploying foundational data services and systems for Okta and benefits our users. For example, data platforms today power streaming analytics as well as interactive end-user reporting. Our team is just getting started and large future opportunities include powering business analytics, machine learning and user insights at the Okta scale. 

Our data platform stack today sits on top of many modern technologies, including Kinesis, Flink, Elasticsearch, and Snowflake. 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 about to change the cloud computing landscape forever.

The ideal candidate is a hands-on engineering leader, creative about enabling future possibilities, passionate about collaborating cross-functionally, and delivering highly impactful  products and solutions. You have experience developing data platforms or related software  and are passionate about security, authentication, or identity. You will bring out the best in each engineer by continuously evaluating how to improve engineering productivity, hire and develop talent, while ensuring the highest quality of software.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Drive the vision and execution of expanding our data platform efforts by partnering closely with Product Management
  • Scope, plan and operationalize engineering efforts with a keen eye for engineering efficiency, quality and team growth
  • Lead and manage an organization of software engineers and managers
  • Recruit, retain, and grow a globally distributed and talented group of diverse employees
  • Identify/Define/Refine Engineering processes to streamline product delivery and ensure quality
  • Facilitate agile project planning and execution of your teams, and across other teams to ensure prompt delivery
  • Participate in role specific Engineering Management rotations geared towards supporting the live operation of Okta’s SaaS
  • Handle customer escalations directly and indirectly through Support
  • Participate in architecture reviews and discussions
  • Collaborate effectively with a matrixed organization of QA, Documentation, Product Management, and UX teams

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • 5 years or more or progressively increasing management responsibility roles in software engineering. 
  • Prior knowledge in data platforms, analytics, cloud based distributed computing or related software development.
  • Experience working in Agile software development organizations leveraging continuous integration and deployment practices
  • Experience working on low latency, highly scalable and mission critical systems
  • Knowledge of security, authentication, authorization is a plus but not essential

Desirable knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Experience building large-scale data platform or analytics products
  • An engineer or technologist at heart
  • Experience in UX design or collaborating with UX. 
  • Experience in working collaboratively across QA, Documentation, Product Management, and UX teams

Education and training:

  • B.S. Computer Science or related field (MS or PhD preferred)


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