Senior Product Manager (NGFW Hardware Platform)

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.

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.

We’re changing the nature of work. Palo Alto Networks is evolving to meet the needs of our employees now and in the future through FLEXWORK, our approach to how we 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.

Job Description

Your Career

Palo Alto Networks has built a world-class product management organization and continues to look for top-notch product managers to collaborate with our talented engineers to tackle challenging security problems. As a senior NGFW hardware product manager, you will play an instrumental role in conceptualizing and building innovative security solutions.

Your Impact

Building HW products necessitates the candidate is good at the following:

  • Ability to anticipate the scale and build a HW product for 10X scale that can handle future requirements of its target customers – Must have the ability to think what defines future – If AI, Cloud, Mobility, or Security defines the use-cases in the next few years, then HW product should be ready to handle those trends
  • Forecast – should be efficient at forecasting units to maintain optimal levels of inventory
  • Supplier relations – HW PM should understand how to deal with suppliers, COGS commitment and interact to ensure vendor roadmaps are understood
  • Regulation – Should be aware of global and regional regulations and ensure that the product complies with all regulations
  • Understand Testing – HW has to undergo drastic testing unlike SW – Not just functional testing but other testing related to mechanical, climatic, environmental, reliability etc – Further the build process is different from SW with lots of validations (EVT, DVT, PVT etc)
  • Stay abreast of the latest trends in platform security
  • Define roadmaps, product requirements and manage requirements backlog
  • Run design programs to validate new product ideas with customers
  • Partner with Engineering, Marketing, Finance, Manufacturing & Supply Chain to deliver next-gen platform solutions
  • Enable sales and marketing with market insights and product training
  • Collaborate with customer success and field organization to delight customers
  • Collaborate with other Palo Alto Networks product teams to bring integrated security solutions to market with unique customer value proposition


Your Experience

  • BS/MS in EE or Computer Science preferred Desirable to have MBA qualification or equivalent military experience required
  • 5+ years of product management experience, ideally building systems including HW/SW products
  • Domain experience in cybersecurity, and preferably networking/switching
  • Experience in driving high velocity product releases using Agile methodology
  • Desirable to have experience in technology/management consulting, strategy, or business operations roles in technology (cybersecurity industry expertise is a plus)
  • Experience in building products in a hyper-growth market with rapidly changing technology and a competitive landscape
  • Experience in making product decisions based on imperfect market data
  • Excellent clarity and critical thinking skills, supported by a robust analytical skillset
  • Exceptional verbal & written communication skills to influence & communicate with all levels of management
  • Experience partnering with leaders and cross-functional teams to deliver results
  • Effective program management skills & demonstrated ability to lead complex strategic initiatives
  • High-energy self-starter that thrives in fast-paced environments
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent military experience required

Additional Information

The Team

To stay ahead of the curve, it’s critical to know where the curve is, and how to anticipate the changes we’re facing. For the fastest growing cybersecurity company, the curve is the evolution of cyberattacks, and the products and services that proactively address them. Our Product Management Team helps us do just that.

Our organization and employees are committed to changing as rapidly as our industry’s threats do, and to do that, we need creative product teams to address emerging cyber threats. They provide the behind-the-scenes support for our products by being a source of information on our products for our systems engineers, staying on top of the environment we sell in, and help in implementing product wide technical solutions based on our client’s feedback and needs. As threats and technology evolve, we stay ahead to accomplish our mission.

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.

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 $155,000/yr to $250,800/yr. The offered compensation may also include restricted stock units and a bonus. A description of our employee benefits may be found here.

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