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Systems Engineering Manager - SE Academy


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
The Palo Alto Networks Systems Engineering Manager for the Americas Corporate SE Academy is a technical player+coach leadership position for the Associate Systems Engineering (ASE) team.   The systems engineers who are members of the Palo Alto Networks SE Academy Program will report directly to you and you will report directly to a Senior SEM for Corporate Systems Engineers. 

In this role, you will have leadership responsibility for the ASEs in an assigned cohort and geographic location, Plano, TX.  The role is key to the development of early-in-career pre-sales systems engineers.  

 Your Impact

  • Recruit and hire new Associate Systems Engineers into the company

  • Responsible for training and mentoring new Associate Systems Engineers on the team

  • Collaborate with University Recruiting team to source qualified candidates from universities and colleges across the country

  • HR responsibility for Associate Systems Engineers (expenses, reviews, etc)

  • Support the ASE team in technical training, business acumen development, and engagement with other systems engineering teams across Palo Alto Networks

  • Work closely with the Field SE leadership teams to build relationships between the ASE team and Field SE organizations

  • Constantly refine and advise on SE Academy business and technical curriculum

  • Reinforce and assist in technical and business/sales acumen training

  • Align with technical product specialists to create new learning opportunities

  • Guide and mentor ASEs in systems engineering tasks related to customer engagement, product evaluations, channel partner engagement, and webinar delivery

  • Manage and lead various sales engineering efforts provided by ASEs

  • Provide an escalation point for ASE technical issues that arise

  • Build and maintain relationships with key departments, such as SE Enablement and SE Enterprise leadership

Your Experience

  • BS CS/EE or related (or equivalent work experience)

  • 2+ Years’ experience as a pre-sales SEM, or 4+ years as a pre-sale Systems Engineer or Consulting Engineering

  • Industry knowledge of security product market trends and directional awareness of Palo Alto Network’s roadmap and technology development efforts

  • Knowledge of technical sales cycle

  • In-depth knowledge of competitive security products

  • Knowledge of how to deliver comprehensive security solutions to Palo Alto Networks’ customer base and maintains a general understanding of competitive selling strategies

  • Strong communication (written and verbal) and presentation skills

  • "Whatever it takes" attitude and motivation to do whatever necessary to assist in closing a deal

The Team

As part of our Systems Engineering team, you’ll support the sales team with technical expertise and guidance when establishing trust with key clients. You won’t find someone at Palo Alto Networks that isn’t committed to your success – with everyone pitching in to assist when it comes to solutions selling, learning, and development. As a member of our systems engineering team, you are motivated by a solutions-focused sales environment and find fulfillment in working with clients to resolve incredible complex cyberthreats. 

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.

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