Finance Business Manager - Cortex R&D

Accounting and Finance 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.


Your Career


Palo Alto Networks is looking for a finance professional to join its Cortex research and development finance team as a Finance Business Manager. We’re looking for a self-starter with strong analytical skills, an innate attention to detail, an effective communicator, and a leader passionate for driving change in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.


In this role, you will work with executive business partners and other key leaders throughout the Cortex R&D and Dev Ops organization to plan, forecast and report on the headcount and opex spend for the group. As a trusted adviser, you will provide recommendations to your business partners within the functional area, and provide other key financial deliverables.


This is an individual contributor role.


Your Impact


        Ownership of the headcount and opex spend for the Cortex Research and Development and Dev Ops functions

        Opportunity to collaborate with executives and other key business leaders

        Work cross-functionally with other finance and engineering team members to evaluate and track cloud spend

        Establish and drive key reporting metrics and analysis on a weekly and quarterly cadence

        Develop and manage scenario models and in-depth analyses utilized for internal investment and operational decision-making

        Drive and provide support for ad-hoc strategic and financial analyses


Your Experience


        Bachelor degree in Economics/Finance

        4-6 years related experience with evidence of career progression

        Excellent analytical and financial modeling skills, with an understanding of software, appliances and/or internet industry business models

        Very detail-oriented, with the ability to step back and look at the big picture. Effective presentation skills with the ability to communicate complex topics in a distilled manner

        Strong team player, and independent thinker, with high intellectual and emotional intelligence

        Deadline-driven, organized, and able to multi-task with the willingness to adapt to the rapid business and organizational demands that result from a high-growth environment

        Experience with and/or a willingness to master various financial systems, including SAP, BPC, Tableau, and other BI tools


The Team


You have a passion for numbers, our organization has a real 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.. If you’re seeking a financial challenge but with a worldwide impact – this is it.


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.