Senior Cost Analyst, Operations Finance

Accounting and Finance Santa Clara, California


Palo Alto Networks, the network security company, is rapidly increasing the volume and scope of its manufacturing operations in order to support the Company’s continuing high rate of growth. We are seeking a Senior Cost Analyst to help provide Finance and Accounting support to the World Wide Operations function. This position will report to the Director, WW Operations Finance and will be part of the Company’s Financial Planning and Analysis team.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work as business partner to World Wide Operations, providing complete financial support
  • Perform quarterly cost reviews in conjunction with Supply Chain Operations and contract manufacturers
  • Prepare monthly accruals and journal entries for inventory and COGS accounts
  • Maintain internal controls and account reconciliations for Inventory and COGS 
  • Budgeting, forecasting and tracking of Spares related spend
  • Perform quarterly standard cost rolls in ERP system
  • Plan, organize and direct company-wide physical inventory counts and cycle count observations
  • Assist in gathering and preparation of Financial and SOX audit documentation
  • May perform other duties as necessary to ensure department functions efficiently during regular times and busy cycles
  • BA/BS in Finance or Accounting with 3-4 years of related experience; MBA or CPA preferred but not required
  • Supply Chain FP&A or Accounting experience preferred with understanding of standard costs, inventory excess and obsolescence analysis and supplier liabilities
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and demonstrate ability to work effectively with all levels of World Wide Operations management
  • Ability to navigate extremely well within MS Excel and work with large amounts of financial and inventory data
  • SAP, BPC and cost accounting knowledge a plus
  • Ability to link big picture to details with ease
  • Strong problem solving ability
  • Self-motivated, energetic and positive attitude