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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.

Disruption is at the core of our technology and on our way of work to meet the needs of our employees now and in the future through FLEXWORK, our approach to how we work. We’re changing the nature of work from benefits to learning, location to leadership, we’ve rethought and recreated every aspect of the employee experience at Palo Alto Networks. And because it FLEXes around each individual employee based on their individual choices, employees are empowered to push boundaries and help us all evolve, together.

As the next-generation security company, we are leading a new era in cybersecurity by safely enabling all applications and preventing advanced threats from achieving their objectives for tens of thousands of organizations around the world. We are one of the fastest-growing security companies in the market because of our deep expertise, commitment to innovation, and game-changing security platform focused on bringing an end to the era of breaches by uniquely integrating our Next-Generation Firewall, Advanced Endpoint Protection, and Threat Intelligence Cloud.

Because these capabilities are natively built into our platform and designed to deliver highly automated preventative measures against cyber threats, we ensure superior security to legacy point technologies such as stateful inspection firewalls, UTMs, or endpoint security products. With our platform, organizations can confidently pursue a digital-first strategy as they implement key technology initiatives within the cloud and increasingly mobile networks while maintaining complete visibility and control, to protect their most valued data assets and critical control systems.

Palo Alto Networks® is a revolutionary and dynamic company creating next-generation digital security solutions. If you are a motivated, intelligent, creative, and hardworking individual who wants to contribute and make a difference, Palo Alto Networks is the place for you!  

Job Description

Your Career

The Professional Services Global Solution Architect (GSA) for Automation provides a mix of customer-facing architecture and design activities as well as internal solution development and enablement. 

The GSA is a network automation expert with an understanding of network security. The GSA knows how to make the best use of automation techniques to optimize the deployment and operation of security platforms. The GSA drives the design of new solutions and optimizes the solution by leading the initial execution of projects.

The GSA is responsible for managing our knowledge and Intellectual Property (IP) across the global community of automation consultants and partners. The GSA also leads efforts to educate the community and partners so that they can deliver our solutions.

This is a technical role. The GSA will be required to oversee software development and maintain expertise on the automation tools and techniques relevant to network automation. Our emphasis is on third-party automation platforms that will be integrated with Palo Alto Networks products.

The position requires strong leadership and communication skills. The GSA will have to rally our internal automation community to gain consensus on tools and techniques. The GSA will then have to communicate the shared vision to consultants, account teams, partners, and customers.

Your Impact

  • One-quarter of your time will be spent identifying opportunities where automation can be used to optimize the deployment and operation of Palo Alto Networks platforms. You will work with product-line Solution Architects to develop services with clear value propositions. You will then communicate the value propositions to Services Sales, Account Management, and Customers

  • One-quarter of your time will be spent overseeing the development and management of automation assets that optimize our service delivery. You will make architectural decisions. You will educate PS consultants and partners on the availability of automation assets. You will enable consultants and partners on the use our IP. You will also enlist the support of contributors.

  • One-quarter of your time will be spent delivering customer projects. You’ll do this in support of two goals. First, this will enable you to measure the fitness of our automation assets and solutions. Second, It will provide you with the opportunity to train our consultants.

  • One-quarter of your time will be spent refining our services and automation based on lessons learned from the field. This will include feedback from the pre-sales process and from the delivery of projects. You’ll use these learnings to improve our automation, our methodology, and our go-to-market story.  


Your Experience

  • Ability to lead without authority by communicating a strategy and gaining consensus and support

  • Experience with public cloud platforms (AWS, Azure, GCP) and related automation technology (Ansible, Terraform) 

  • Broad understanding of network and network security architectures

  • Experience with common network automation technologies such as Python, markup languages, and CI/CD tools and processes

  • Strong knowledge of agile software development methods and the use of Git

  • Experience deploying complex technical solutions in customer environments as a consultant  or team leader

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Travel (10-15%) to Palo Alto Networks offices for workshops with the possibility of travel to customer sites

  • BS in Computer Science or equivalent education/training/experience

Additional Information

Our Commitment

We’re trailblazers that dream big, take risks, and challenge cybersecurity’s status quo. It’s simple: we can’t accomplish our mission without diverse teams innovating, together.

Palo Alto Networks is evolving and changing the nature of work to meet the needs of our employees now and in the future through FLEXWORK, our approach to how we work. From benefits to learning, location to leadership, we’ve rethought and recreated every aspect of the employee experience at Palo Alto Networks. And because it FLEXes around each individual employee based on their individual choices, employees are empowered to push boundaries and help us all evolve, together.

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

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.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines

Salary disclosure required by sb19-085  for positions located in the state of Colorado: If hired in Colorado, this position starts at a salary of $145,200/yr. Sales roles are also eligible for incentive pay targeted at up to 100% of the offered base salary. Restricted stock units and bonus pay may also be offered as part of this compensation package, as well as benefits that include: flexible paid time off, employee stock purchase program, medical, dental, vision, 401K, life, and disability insurance. Additional information about benefits  may be found here.