Skip to main content
Sales – Intro@2X

Sr. Staff / Principal Platform Software Development Engineer (NGFW)


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.

Your Career

As a member of the Platform Software group at Palo Alto Networks, you will participate in the design and development of our Next-Generation Firewall platforms. Responsibilities will include platform bring-up (both pizza-box and chassis-based platforms), platform security using TPM chip, development of both kernel and use-space drivers, provisioning of third-party vendor switch/fabric and the overall development of consistent platform software for all Next-Gen Firewall platforms.

As a Platform Software Engineer, you will be expected to participate in all phases of the product development cycle, from definition, design, through implementation, test and field deployment. This includes developing functional specifications, assessing task requirements and scheduling, and collaborating with cross-functional teams like ASIC, Hardware, Diags, Manufacturing, Quality assurance and Customer Support teams.

Your Impact 

  • Work from start to finish on product design, starting with conceptualization through to implementation and deployment

  • Innovate new product features based on customer, partner, and technical support engineer feedback 

  • Proactively identify product features for improvement and innovation 

  • Troubleshoot changes to the product to ensure high quality output of product design

Your Experience

  • System level expertise for platform software bring-up and support

  • Experience with Linux Kernel, Platform and user-space drivers, FPGA, Firmware, PHY, Switch/Fabric SDK, Optics, Storage, POE controllers

  • Experience with chassis based appliances

  • Experience in Enterprise and Data center environments.

  • Expert level C coding/debugging skills

  • Strong scripting skills with bash and python

  • Experience with building large-scale, multi-threaded software systems

  • Experience with debugging Linux kernel performance, memory and platform boot-time  issues

  • Experience with high availability mechanisms is a plus

  • Experience with TPM, FIPS and CC Certifications is a plus

  • Experience with Intel DPDK is a plus

  • Ability to work well with senior engineers in a dynamic, fast-paced environment

  • Familiarity with x86 and MIPS architecture is a plus

  • Related programming experience required

The Team

Our engineering team is at the core of our products – 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 cybersecurity’s status quo. It’s simple: we can’t accomplish our mission without diverse teams innovating, 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

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.

Life at Palo Alto Careers

Stay in Touch

Join our talent community to be alerted about new opportunities that match your skills and interests. Creating a profile is quick and easy for our Talent Acquisition team to keep in touch with you.

Join Our Talent Community