Software Engineer III

Engineering United Kingdom Remote - United Kingdom


Position at Ookla

We’re Ookla, the company behind Speedtest, Downdetector, Ekahau, RootMetrics, and an ever-expanding suite of connectivity solutions. Our team is a group of people brought together through passion and inspired by possibility. We are looking for team members who enjoy solving complex problems, are motivated to challenge themselves, and are delighted with turning clever ideas into unique products.    

Millions of consumer-initiated tests are performed through our products and billions of data points are collected globally every day. With all this measurement comes countless ways to dissect and analyze our data, and plenty of exciting opportunities to optimize our broader strategy. When you work for us, you are using Ookla data and insights to further our mission to improve connectivity for all.     

As a full-stack software engineer with a DevOps emphasis on our Downdetector team, you'll enhance a crucial platform that provides real-time status and outage alerts for essential services. Downdetector leverages over 25 million monthly user reports for operational monitoring and incident analysis, aiding service providers in reducing downtime and improving customer satisfaction. Your role involves using Python/Django and full-stack development skills to develop scalable solutions, directly impacting millions by improving service reliability and user experience.    

We are committed to providing you a flexible work environment where individuality, fun, and talent are all valued equally. If you consider yourself innovative, adept at collaboration, and you care deeply about the work you do, we want to talk!    

Expectations for Success:    

  • Design, develop, deploy and maintain web application features across distributed systems embracing full-stack development.
  • Architect and optimize database technologies for efficient storage, retrieval and analysis.
  • Mentor junior engineers, enriching the team with best practices and coding standards.
  • Conduct code reviews to ensure clean, secure, and maintainable code, identify bottlenecks, and optimize data processing.
  • Embrace DevOps culture through testing, automation, operational observability and alerting.
  • Flourish in an agile environment with multiple deployments per day to production via CI/CD pipelines.
  • Swiftly troubleshoot and resolve complex technical issues.
  • Stay ahead of industry trends to foster team innovation.


We are looking for the right person, not the exact list of requirements. If you believe your life experience has prepared you for similar challenges, we'd like to hear from you.    
  • Proven experience in software development, with demonstrated ability in developing complex, scalable web applications.
  • Strong understanding and experience with SQL databases, including MySQL, PostgreSQL, Aurora, ElasticSearch and Athena.
  • Knowledge of React, JavaScript, or other relevant frontend technologies.
  • Knowledge of instrumenting software effectively for monitoring and alerting within observability platforms, such as Datadog, Grafana, and OpsGenie.
  • Experience with containerized Linux development and deployment within cloud platforms, with knowledge of AWS, Terraform and CloudFormation advantageous.
  • Exceptional analytical and collaborative skills.
  • An independent, team-oriented work approach
We care deeply about each other and the work we do, and our perks are just one way we demonstrate this. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including (but not limited to):    
  • Competitive annual leave
  • ESPP options
  • Comprehensive benefits plans
  • Pension plan contribution
  • Paid maternity and parental leave
  • Wellness benefits (Calm app, gym reimbursement, ERG groups, etc)

You will have the best hardware, software, and tools available for you to do your work, and we provide excellent flexibility for working remotely as time and responsibilities allow. To promote your success and growth we offer educational opportunities, and anti-racism and LGBTQIA+ resource libraries, team activities, and many more.     

If you’re passionate about joining the work we’re doing, we welcome your application and encourage applicants with both traditional and non-traditional experience that makes them an excellent candidate for the role. We strongly believe diversity of all kinds makes us better. We are an equal opportunity employer actively working to build an inclusive workforce at all levels of the company. [Read our latest diversity report from our parent company here.] Ookla is an equal opportunity employer, and qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.    

We want to ensure candidates have everything they need throughout our application and hiring process. If you have any individual needs related to disability or accessibility, we encourage you to contact and let us know how we can best accommodate you.