Principal Engineer (Prisma SaaS)

Engineering Santa Clara, California


At Palo Alto Networks everything starts and ends with our mission: protecting our way of life in the digital age by preventing successful cyberattacks. It is not a small goal. It is not simple either, but we are not in this for the easy answer. As a company with a foundation in challenging the way things are done, we are looking for innovators with a dedication to the best. 

Our Mission

At Palo Alto Networks® everything starts and ends with our mission: protecting our way of life in the digital age by preventing successful cyberattacks. It’s not a small goal. It isn’t simple either, but we aren’t in this for the easy answer. As a company with a foundation in challenging the way things are done, we’re looking for innovators with a dedication to best. In return, your career will have a tangible impact – one that's working toward technology that affects every level of society.

Our mission doesn’t happen by treading softly – no, it happens by defining an industry. It means building products that haven't been thought of. It means selling products with a solutions mindset. It means supporting the infrastructure of a company that moves at an incredible speed – intentionally – to stay ahead of the world’s next cyberthreat.

Your Career

Bring your backend java cloud engineering skills to work on the latest cloud software/web applications. Help us deploy and scale the next generation of cloud security utilizing big data. We are looking for a Principal Engineer to join the team that is building our latest cloud security product - Prisma SaaS. This fast-growing cloud service provides next-generation security for enterprise SaaS applications such as Box, Dropbox, GitHub, Google Apps, Slack, Salesforce and many more. Prisma SaaS enables organizations to store terabytes of sensitive data in these applications while preventing any security threats to their cloud. This role will also give you an unrivaled opportunity to collaborate with many of our supported SaaS vendors and build skills to influence every aspect of delivering an enterprise class cloud security service.

Your Impact

  • BS/MS in Computer Science/Engineering, or equivalent experience
  • Execute on the software development strategy to improve our dynamic highly distributed system
  • Understand and implement software development/engineering lifecycle concepts to drive features from conception to delivery
  • Collaborate closely with the product management, dev-ops, and QA teams to achieve quality releases
  • Work hand-in-hand with customer support, documentation and downstream teams to enable customer success
  • Make appropriate trade-offs to optimize time-to-release while maintaining performance and scalability requirements
  • Be able to clearly communicate goals and desired outcomes to internal project teams
  • Interview, mentor and coach new team members

Your Experience

  • Be a self-starter, able to learn independently and adapt quickly
  • Advanced-level of experience as hands-on Java Software Engineer in a distributed /cloud-based product
  • Scaling issues with Apache Storm and Kafka
  • Cloud Experience (AWS, Google Cloud, Azure)
  • Strong experience with distributed systems and cloud engineering
  • Knowledge/Experience in building Micro Services and API's
  • Experience with Spring Technologies and proficient with Python
  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment
  • Can-do attitude on problem-solving, quality and ability to execute
  • Experience building API's in developing distributed systems

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 engineering team is at the core of our products – connected directly to the mission of preventing cyberattacks. They are constantly innovating – challenging the way we, and the industry, think about cybersecurity. These engineers aren’t shy about creating products to solve problems no one has tackled before. They define the industry, instead of waiting for directions. We need individuals who feel comfortable in ambiguity, excited by the prospect of challenge, and empowered by the unknown risks facing our everyday lives that are only enabled by a secure digital environment.

Our engineering team is provided with an unrivaled opportunity to build the products and practices that will support our company growth over the next decade, defining the cybersecurity industry as we know it. If you see the potential of how incredible people products can transform a business, this is the team for you. If you don’t wait for directions, instead, identifying new features and opportunities we have to just get better, this is your new career.

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. To learn more about our dedication to inclusion and innovation, visit our Life at Palo Alto Networks page and our diversity website.

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.

Additionally, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all qualified individuals with a disability. If you require assistance or an accommodation due to a disability or special need, please contact us at