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Palo Alto Networks Distinguished Software Engineer (Cloud Native NMS) in Santa Clara, California

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.

This role is located at our Santa Clara, California headquarters.

Your Career

The Cloud Management Platform is a public cloud delivered management platform to manage all Palo Alto Networks Next generation network security solutions. It’s an easy-to-use, scalable and secure platform to operationalize complex deployments using the Palo Alto Networks network security portfolio.

Distinguished Engineers are:

  • Deep technical experts and thought leaders that help accelerate adoption of the very best engineering practices, while maintaining knowledge on industry innovations, trends and practices

  • Visionaries who deliver on critical business needs and are recognized across the company as go-to engineering resources on given domains

  • Role models and mentors who exemplify the best of Palo alto Networks culture

  • Leaders who can communicate cogently with hands-on engineers as well as executives

  • Hands-on engineers that can code and build great products

Your Impact

  • Conceptualize, Architect and develop highly scalable cloud native multi-tenant solutions for managing devices and services at scale in hybrid deployments

  • Thought leadership driving the technical roadmap and Hands-on participation in developing next generation configuration management architecture

  • Technical leadership and end-to-end delivery of solutions in collaboration with cross-functional product management, development and quality assurance teams in a fast paced environment

  • Work with Devops and Technical Support teams to investigate and resolve critical customer defects

  • Recruit and Mentor new team members

Your Experience

  • 15+ years of experience in building large enterprise applications required. 5+ years experience in technical leadership roles in building major cloud native apps or subsystems

  • Proven ability to lead and collaborate with many cross-functional teams with an emphasis on end-to-end delivery

  • Experience in the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, peer review, and operations

  • Excellent programming skills in Golang on a Linux platform is a must. Java or Python is a plus.

  • Strong fundamentals in object oriented design and development is a must. Experience with or familiarity of Test Driven Development and Continuous Integration is required

  • Experience developing microservice based solutions on public cloud infrastructure is highly desirable- experience developing in Kubernetes based environments is a plus

  • Experience building data management solutions using transactional data stores is required- knowledge of and experience building enterprise software with graph databases is highly desirable

  • Experience building network and security configuration management systems is highly desirable

  • Experience building appliance based network management solutions is highly desirable


  • MS/BS in Computer Science or equivalent

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.