System Architect

Engineering Santa Clara, California


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

As System Architect at Palo Alto Networks, you will influence and drive the design and development of our next-generation firewall platforms.  You will be in a position to make a direct impact on both the long and short term engineering direction for Palo Alto Networks.

Your Impact

You will design new software architectures, identifying performance bottlenecks and solutions, designing protocol and subcomponent offload solutions, and owning engineering wide initiatives. 

In addition to high level design work, you will also do hands on prototyping and customer facing implementations for new architectures and designs. 

Your Experience

The ideal candidate would have a background in embedded networking/forwarding or platform software with experience driving the architecture of ASIC/FPGAs and systems.

Bring your expert level experience with all aspects of system software design, networking protocols, multi-processor systems, and hardware offloading.  

  • Expert level knowledge of networking equipment & architectures – system hardware, CPUs, ASIC/FPGAs, etc.
  • Expert level knowledge of networking protocols – mobile, routing, transport layer, SSL/TLS, etc.
  • Experience with designing and understanding HW offload including feasibility and tradeoffs
  • Experience with ASIC/FPGA design and architecture
  • Experience with designing system software for enterprise networking equipment
  • Strong coding skills including C/C++, bash, python, Java, etc.
  • Experience with network security desired
  • Familiarity with x86, MIPS and ARM architectures
  • Experience with IPC mechanisms and multi-CPU architectures
  • Understanding of signature matching using DFA/HFA/AHO
  • New hardware bring-up experience desired
  • Experience with virtualization and SDN desired
  • Minimum 10 years of related experience required

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