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Distinguished Engineer, Infrastructure (SaaS Security)


Our Mission

At Palo Alto Networks® everything starts and ends with our mission: protecting our way of life in the digital age by preventing successful cyber attacks. It’s not a small goal. It isn’t simple either, but we aren’t in this for the easy answer. As a company with a foundation in challenging the way things are done, we’re looking for innovators with a dedication to best. In return, your career will have a tangible impact – one that's working toward technology that affects every level of society.

Our mission doesn’t happen by treading softly – no, it happens by defining an industry. It means building products that haven't been thought of. It means selling products with a solutions mindset. It means supporting the infrastructure of a company that moves at an incredible speed – intentionally – to stay ahead of the world’s next cyberthreat.

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 a Senior Architect, you will provide strategic architecture leadership to large engineering teams on large and complex projects for SaaS Security services. You understand the business imperatives tied to these strategic projects. You provide technology leadership, drive the architecture and high level design, are the technical expert on strategic projects, drive the release strategy and guide the delivery of projects aligned to the business strategy. You maintain awareness of dependencies between projects and delivery vision, while ensuring engineering excellence to the five nines. You build the strategy for your teams to architect, design and deliver the next gen SaaS Security solutions.

Your Impact

  • Drives the architecture for key cross team / cross product development projects (via architecture/design documents and developing key code modules)

  • Develops architectures that are inherently secure, robust, scalable, modular, API-centric and global

  • Establishes software development patterns and best practices via examples and shipping code- Ensures project teams follow a common set of principles, patterns and utilize a standard set of technology frameworks and libraries- Own and contribute to the internal engineering standards documents

  • Provides leadership across the SaaS Security organization via the Architecture meetings and ad-hoc engagements; ensure solutions are built in alignment with platform principles and standards

  • Applies architecture best practices that helps increase execution velocity- Align solutions with the SaaS Security vision

  • Lead and/or Influence technology selection for SaaS Security solutions

  • Partner with Product Managers to define/refine roadmap, discuss trade-offs of key features and architectures,  help them balance features, innovation and tech debt prioritization- Be a “sounding board” for PM ideas, propose new features and innovation ideas

  • Partner with Devops teams and other peers across the team to develop best-of-breed deployment architectures

  • Demonstrates thought leadership through presentations and teaching across the team

Your Experience

  • 15 years of work experience preferably with a Masters  degree (in computer science) or a minimum of 10 years of work experience with a PhD (in computer science)

  • Prior experience as a Senior architect supporting a large scale cloud security product engineering team

  • Proven track record of successful architecture and design for high transactions and data volume in enterprise and/or consumer facing applications

  • 5+ years of experience in Cloud technologies - AWS plus at least one other cloud provider (Azure, GCP or OCI)

  • 12+ years of experience with large scale cloud applications experience built with one or more these languages: Java, Scala, GoLang, Python

  • Expert in database technologies (e.g., MemSQL, SQL, Cassandra, etc.), queuing systems (e.g., Kafka, Pulsar, Akka streams, etc.). The ideal candidate will have 10+ years of experience in these technologies

  • 3-4 yrs experience in Apache Spark, data analytics frameworks 

  • Good understanding of security, cloud security domain a plus. Senior/Chief Architect experience with an enterprise security product (on-prem or cloud)

  • Industry influence - track record of contributing code to open source projects

  • Proven ability to work with international teams and track record of delivering large projects

  • Track record day-to-day coaching and mentoring principal and senior engineers. Ability to partner and influence Directors/Sr. Managers and drive architecture execution.

  • Strong executive presence and an ability to present technology strategies, discuss trade-offs, present good/bad news to executives and C-level staff. Achieve consensus/approvals for the projects/architectures

Desired Qualifications

  • 3+ years of experience in building Cloud Security products with a focus on configuration security, identity security and storage security

  • Experience building products with ML/AI techniques will be a big plus

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.

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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.

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