Software Architect-Core Infrastructure Development


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

Okta is seeking a highly technical and experienced architect to join its Core Infrastructure Development group. Okta has rapidly grown in scale and size. To support this growth, the Cleavers team has been fearlessly cleaving large parts of code for better modularization. The goal of this team is to introduce more nimbleness and independence in the code and enable faster development, and faster startup times. The longer term goals are to break up Okta’s service into smaller more independent units and move towards micro-services (or macro-services) using our core codebase.

As an architect, you will be a big-picture thinker and an in-depth problem solver.  You will recognize problems before they become problems and lead a group of engineers to proactively address them. You lead from the front to scale our code and systems for operational excellence. You are a respected team lead and a trusted advisor who gets a seat at the table with the Chief Architects to shape our long term strategies.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Help drive the long-term vision and strategy of our code structure and microservices
  • Align with long-term and short-term goals to evolve our code, technology and tools
  • Move mountains of code i.e. be a code slinger with careful thought to quality and due diligence in order to avoid regressions


  • Work with Chief Architects, Eng management and rest of the team to scope and plan engineering efforts
  • Provide technical guidance and influence in other areas of the Engineering Organization (e.g. DevOps, Test Engineering, Security)
  • Keep abreast of and introduce at Okta, broader technical trends from the industry
  • Interface with rest of the Eng team leads and architects, QA and TechOps

Required Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities

  • 12 to 15+ years experience working in development roles in software engineering
  • Deep knowledge and code development skills in the context of refactoring, code reorganization or scaling services
  • Hands-on software development skills
  • Experience working in Agile software development teams leveraging continuous integration and deployment practices.
  • Solid grasp of software engineering principles and practices
  • Understanding and appreciation for TDD

Additional Desirable Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities

  • Experience building large-scale enterprise software or SaaS products
  • Expertise in Java, Spring, ArchUnit, Tomcat, Maven, MySQL, AWS
  • Desirable to have experience with gRPC, Envoy, Consul, networking in the context of Microservices
  • Experience working on low latency, highly scalable and mission critical environments

Education and Training

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

((Colorado only*) Minimum salary of $201,000year + bonus, commission, or variable comp (depending on role) + equity + benefits *Note: Disclosure as required by sb19-085(8-5-20))



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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