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Senior Manager Finance - Operations Finance

Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks

Accounting & Finance, Operations
Santa Clara, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2024

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.

Our vision is a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. 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.

Our Approach to Work

We lead with personalization and choice in all of our people programs. We have disrupted the traditional view that all employees have the same needs and wants. We offer our employees the opportunity to choose what works best for them as often as possible - from your wellbeing support to your growth and development, and beyond!

At Palo Alto Networks, we believe in the power of collaboration and value in-person interactions. This is why our employees generally work from the office with some flexibility offered where needed. This setup fosters casual conversations, problem-solving, and trusted relationships. While details may evolve, our goal is to create an environment where innovation thrives, with office-based teams coming together three days a week to collaborate and thrive, together!

Job Description

Your Career

Do you have leadership skills, strong finance experience supporting a software sales team and the ability to drive strategic insights? Looking to make a difference in a growth business environment?

We are looking for a Senior Finance Manager to support the Next Generation Firewall business unit. This role will report to the Strata Business Unit CFO. Working with the Sales, Product Management & Operations teams, you will provide insightful and trusted counsel to Product Mgmt, Sales Strategy and Operations leadership on financial and broad-based business issues related to Short and Long-term strategic planning and business performance monitoring.

The ideal candidate is a self-starter, strategic thinker, great communicator, and enjoys leading finance initiatives and collaborating with people with a diverse set of talents in a fast-paced environment.

Your Impact

  • Key finance business partner to the Sr. Vice President, Firewall
  • Effective at establishing a “seat at the table” with the leadership team and is considered a critical member of that leadership team
  • Participation in business reviews with Senior Leadership team including the ability to convey key messages through effective presentation skills
  • OPEX/CAPEX forecasting and variance analysis
  • Strong understanding of business model with demonstrated ability in effectively guiding business proposals for pricing and compensation incentives
  • Recommend benchmarks for measuring financial and operating performance - Develop and enhance necessary dashboards to track key metrics and business performance to drive business decisions
  • Provides financial insight to the business in assessing risk and opportunities to achieving its financial commitments - This includes establishing insightful analytics that enable the business to “see around corners” or better anticipate the future
  • Design and implement financial processes that deliver consistent and predictable results that link operational performance to the P&L, both top line and margins
  • Proactively collaborates across multifunctional teams to create an environment that strives for global consistency of best practices identified both internally and externally to the organization
  • Provides financial leadership to meet deliverables during various financial cycles including monthly close, quarterly business reviews, monthly forecast and annual operating plan cycles and other ad hoc requests
  • Work closely with other members of the central and corporate finance team to ensure financial impacts of various business decisions are understood, aligned, and communicated – examples include Corporate FP&A, Central Sales and Marketing, and Global Shared Services


Your Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in jobs of increasing responsibility within Finance or Accounting
  • Diversity of experience and exposure to a wide range of complex business models
  • Application SaaS and Software industry experience is strongly preferred
  • Cost Accounting knowledge is preferred
  • Minimum of a four-year college degree in Finance, Accounting, or related field from an accredited university - MBA / Master’s degree preferred or equivalent military experience required
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with demonstrated ability to convey thoughts and ideas to effectively influence at all levels
  • Executive presence and excellent presentation skills, including the ability to effectively develop and concisely present financial plans to senior management
  • Strong leadership and team player who thrives in working both cross functionally and globally
  • Selects, retains, and develops global talent to support company objectives and promote diversity
  • Ability to effectively influence or mediate differing opinions and approaches at all levels of the organization
  • Exercises good judgment and makes well-informed and timely decisions
  • Ability to be both a leader and hands on “doer”
  • Translates data into actionable information
  • A proven track record of setting priorities, managing expectations, and delivering on commitments
  • Naturally curious and inquisitive with the ability to breakdown complex issues (i.e., simplify)
  • Energetic and analytical with a positive approach to problem solving


  • Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university or equivalent training, education, and experience in Finance or similar course of study

Additional Information

The Team

You have a passion for numbers, our organization has a passion for cybersecurity. You’re looking for a career with a more fulfilling mission. We have open positions to top talent seeking a financial challenge. Our finance department deals with numbers daily, supporting infrastructure, dealing in automation, building elegant models and solutions to empower our business lines and solutions. The ideal candidate has exceptional skills in financial modeling and analytics and an innovative mindset to approach finance problems differently. Our innovation doesn’t stay in Research and Development. Within finance, we seek people who are looking to try new things, while solving business critical equations. If you’re seeking a financial challenge but with a world-wide impact — this is it.

We hope to meet you soon!

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 [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.

The compensation offered for this position will depend on qualifications, experience, and work location. For candidates who receive an offer at the posted level, the starting base salary (for non-sales roles) or base salary + commission target (for sales/commissioned roles) is expected to be between $147,400/yr to $238,600/yr. The offered compensation may also include restricted stock units and a bonus. A description of our employee benefits may be found here.