Principal Software Engineer


Location: Los Angeles, California, San Francisco, California, Seattle, Washington

Job Type: Full time


Be brave, not perfect.
- Reshma Saujani

At Okta, we’re always innovating across the entire identity landscape, and our customers are always asking to do more with us. As the pace of change in the cloud continues at a rapid pace, the ability to move fast is a competitive advantage. To fuel this continuous innovation, Okta has created an incubator program called OktaX, building and nurturing new brands, products, and businesses from the ground up. These projects are given the freedom and flexibility to build independently like a startup, with the stability and support of the larger Okta organization – the best of both worlds!

IAM Pulse is the inaugural team within the OktaX incubator program, building a powerful toolkit for cloud engineers, initially focused on AWS change intelligence for Terraform. We have a grand vision, and are working on hard technical challenges, so we’re looking to assemble an amazing team of deep thinkers with a relentless focus on execution.

As a Principal Software Engineer, you will be a crucial part of the core team building a new product from the ground up, with a focus on building out a cloud permissions analysis engine. Our team is working with cutting edge web & cloud technologies including Rust, Web Assembly (WASM), and WebGL. This is a unique opportunity to get in at the ground level for a highly visible and expansive career opportunity, with an incredible support system in the Okta organization.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Participate in all stages of the software development lifecycle, contributing to and taking ownership of key production services
  • Provide guidance on technology choices, architecture design, and development patterns
  • Implement the instrumentation of core backend services & APIs, and their required infrastructure
  • Utilize best practices during development including robust testing and security considerations.

Expected Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • 10 years of software development experience building highly available, performant, resilient, and scalable systems
  • Hands-on experience developing backend software services in Rust and TypeScript
  • Experience with data modeling and data persistent technologies in SQL, key-value stores, and GraphQL
  • Experience working with complex data structures and mathematical logic such as SMT solvers

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge/experience working with Web Assembly or equivalent embedded systems programming
  • Knowledge/experience operating and/or securing AWS or equivalent cloud environments
  • Knowledge/experience with building Infrastructure as Code using Terraform or equivalent

((Colorado, New York and Washington only*) Minimum OTE of $178,000 year + equity + benefits))


Okta is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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