Senior Director, Operations and Transformation

  • Santa Clara, CA
  • Full-time
  • Department: Engineering

Company Description

Our Mission 

At Palo Alto Networks® everything starts and ends with our mission:

Being the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life.

We have the vision of a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. These aren’t easy goals to accomplish – but we’re not here for easy. We’re here for better. We are a company built on the foundation of challenging and disrupting the way things are done, and we’re looking for innovators who are as committed to shaping the future of cybersecurity as we are.

Job Description

Your Career

This unique role will interlock with multiple parts of the business including engineering, sales, marketing, mergers and acquisitions, channels, and many parts of the company.

The Firewall as a Platform Organization is the innovation engine of Palo Alto Networks. With over 1,200 employees. The FWaaP organization drives product management and engineering activities . To stay ahead of the curve, it’s critical to know where the curve is and proactively adapt our strategy and execution. You will be tasked with doing competitive market analysis, business model transformation, pricing and developing solutions for complex business problems that are top-of-mind for our executives. We expect you to work collaboratively to gather and analyze information, formulate and test hypotheses, independently lead problem-solving, develop and package recommendations for presentation to management, support execution and manage a broad set of x-functional stakeholders. 


 Your Impact

  • Develop a strong foundation in our markets, products, and operations as the basis for defining our future direction

  • A strategic thinker who is passionate about solving complex product strategy and operational challenges

  • Drive strategic initiatives focused on running the business, ARR, product adoption and utilization tracking, pricing strategy and financial modeling, ratability, M&A integration activities, operational excellence 

  • Growing the business through competitive insights, and business development 

  • Bring clarity of thought to effectively structure, communicate, and ensure alignment on our strategies and plans

  • Comfortable engaging with senior executives, cross functional stakeholders 

  • Strong executive presence, interpersonal skills, and ability to influence across disciplines

  • Ability to balance critical thinking, detailed planning, and the execution of multiple programs at the same time


Your Experience


  • Management experience with sometime in management consulting, strategy, or business operations roles in technology 

  • Cybersecurity industry expertise is a plus but not required

  • Global experience is highly preferred

  • MBA or similar academic credentials

  • Excellent clarity and critical thinking skills, supported by a robust analytical skillset

  • A high degree of creative ability and curiosity, analytical thinking, and general eye for business

  • Experience partnering with leaders and cross-functional teams to deliver results

  • Effective program management skills and demonstrated ability to lead complex strategic initiatives

  • High-energy self-starter that thrives in fast-paced environments

  • Able to interpret analytics into business

Additional Information

The Team  

Our engineering team is at the core of our products and connected directly to the mission of preventing cyberattacks. We are constantly innovating — challenging the way we, and the industry, think about cybersecurity. Our engineers don’t shy away from building products to solve problems no one has pursued before.

We define the industry instead of waiting for directions. We need individuals who feel comfortable in ambiguity, excited by the prospect of a challenge, and empowered by the unknown risks facing our everyday lives that are only enabled by a secure digital environment.                                                                     

Our Commitment 

We’re trailblazers that dream big, take risks, and challenge the status quo of cybersecurity. We can’t accomplish our mission without diverse teams innovating, together. To learn more about our dedication to inclusion and innovation, please visit our Life at Palo Alto Networks page and our diversity website

Palo Alto Networks is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity in our workplace, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or other legally protected characteristics.

Additionally, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all qualified individuals with a disability. If you require assistance or an accommodation due to a disability or special need, please contact us at [email protected]

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