Okta is hiring a

Software Engineer - Performance (Sr./Staff/Principal)

San Francisco, United States

Title of Job: Software Engineer - Performance (Sr./Staff/Principal)

Role Located in: Okta Headquarters (San Francisco, CA)



Okta is the foundation for secure connections between people and technology. By harnessing the power of the cloud, Okta allows people to access applications on any device at any time, while still enforcing strong security protections. It integrates directly with an organization’s existing directories and identity systems, as well as 4,000+ applications.


Because Okta runs on an integrated platform, organizations can implement the service quickly at large scale and low total cost.


Thousands of customers, including Adobe, Allergan, Chiquita, LinkedIn, and Western Union, trust Okta to help their organizations work faster, boost revenue, and stay secure.



Position Description:

Help Okta scale!  We are a cloud infrastructure company undergoing exponential growth.  We need performance gurus to help us learn the ways of the force.  Can you find the hotspots and make the right call on whether to refactor to fix or to hold your nose and hack?  If so, we need to talk to you!

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Master, improve and innovate upon our existing tools and processes for monitoring and measuring our application performance in production and pre-production environments
  • Identify performance improvements in our code, SQL and infrastructure 
  • Be a performance advocate and advisor to the rest of the Engineering organization 
  • Code Java, from tactical fixes and refactorings to performance related features

Minimum REQUIRED Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • 1+ years experience as a performance engineer 
  • 3+ years experience with Java or similar language 
  • Experience working with large data volumes 
  • Solid understanding of how the JVM manages resources: locks, threads, I/O, memory, etc.


  • Experience with NewRelic or the like
  • Experienced in relational database schema design & query optimization, ideally MySQL and/or
  • Expertise with NoSQL database technologies and/or
  • Experience optimizing full text searches (Cloudsearch/Lucene/Solr)

Education and Training:

  • B.S. or M.S. Computer Science or related field

Okta is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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