Staff Software Developer - Java Backend


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 13,000 customers, 7000+ app integrations, and well over 200 million registered users, we are only getting started.


As a staff developer on the Core Engineering team, you will work actively on defining, evolving and enforcing standard software development practices and procedures, primarily for our Java code base. In accordance with these practices, you will refactor, and reorganize our code base so that development remains intuitive, maintainable and efficient. The team you will work with is chartered with revamping Okta’s software development process. You will have opportunities to recommend and drive changes to how we scale our software development as Okta continues to grow.


Job duties and responsibilities

  • Understand, analyze usage of and drive improvements to Okta’s software development practices
  • Review code base for opportunities to modularize it for efficient and intuitive development
  • Revamp code base for improved build, test, and production running times
  • Build frameworks that guide and enforce good design and coding practices
  • Provide guidelines to enable best practices for code organization and development
  • Profile and tune performance of both development and production environments
  • Work with developers, architects and release engineering to keep the code and overall development process efficient
  • Stay abreast of industry trends for best software development practices and cross-pollinate those ideas and processes with Okta's development standards



  • Bachelor’s degree or above in computer science or equivalent
  • 6+ years of industry experience developing Internet scale software in Java. Hands-on experience with Java 8+ and the associated modern programming idioms is a major plus.
  • Good understanding of re-architecting and refactoring large code bases with the goal to unlock development and runtime efficiencies
  • 4+ year of experience of developing, debugging, profiling and performance tuning in Java, Spring, Hibernate and Tomcat
  • Knowledge of software design and development principles as they apply to transitioning of monoliths to microservices. You understand the reasons to balance the operational needs of a revenue generating code base vis-a-vis its strategic reorganization
  • 3+ years of experience with databases (MySQL, Redis), and data stores (S3, Elasticsearch)

((Colorado only*) Minimum salary of $114,000/year + 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.

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