Director of IT Product Management (Finance)

Information Technology Santa Clara, California


Description

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 

Palo Alto Networks is looking for an experienced finance professional to join the team as a Director, IT Product Management (Finance). The ideal candidate is a self-starter, strategic thinker, great communicator, and enjoys collaborating with people with a diverse set of talents in a dynamic fast-paced environment.

Partnering with finance leader, this position will be responsible for providing key topline and profitability insights that will drive executive decision-making at the corporate level and increase forecasting accuracy.     

Overview

As the Director of IT Product Management for finance, you are expected to develop a strategic roadmap to support Finance covering applications and business intelligence.  You will be partnering with cross-functional teams both on IT and business functions to drive process automation, efficiency scalability and consistency to support business growth.  In addition, you will also drive project prioritization, project delivery across finance initiatives delivering high business value and in the process foster great partnerships. By partnering with key stakeholders across the finance and other cross functional organizations, applying leading practices, help transform the finance business function to adopt new technologies and drive to be the best in class,  This individual should possess a track record of leading a Finance Systems transformation team to deliver results while dealing with ambiguity, and be able to anticipate and manage risk and change in a highly dynamic and public company environment.

Your Impact

  • Work side-by-side with the Finance leadership team, IT, and other business partners to develop a future-state roadmap for financial systems and processes 

  • Understand current state Finance system and business processes, identify gaps, propose improvements and evaluate solution alternatives

  • Manage, develop and enhance forecasting ERP (SAP) and all upstream and downstream cross functional applications

  • Establish and maintain relationships with key stakeholders and business leadership

  • Establish strong relationships within Accounting, Finance, IT, Operations and key business partners

  • Continuously evaluate and refine tools and processes to ensure they are efficient, high quality, and scalable

  • Acts as a liaison among Accounting, Finance, IT, and other Cross Functional BI/systems teams ensuring there is alignment and all parties are contributing to leveraging technology to scale the business

  • Use data and metrics to back up assumptions, make recommendations, drive actions, and measure success

  • Challenge the status quo and foster shared understanding, transparency, mastery, autonomy, innovation and continuous learning

  • Create a team culture with a focus on continuous improvement, high automation and ease of ability to scale

  • Provide leadership and guidance regarding FinTech’s vision, strategy and roadmap

  • Manage project prioritization processes

  • SDLC/Agile Methodology, Deliverables and Compliance

  • Change Management (e.g. stakeholder assessment, communications, adoption)

  • Risk and Issue Management

  • Budget, schedule and scope management for programs

  • KPI development and tracking

 

Your Experience

  • Substantial experience with enterprise applications (SAP/BPC, SFDC, Callidus, Tableau, etc), and finance domain knowledge 

  • Strong technical acumen and a deep understanding of Finance processes and BI/Application design

  • Experience with SaaS platforms and third party system integrations

  • Demonstrated effective communication and presentation skills with all levels of the organization

  • Proven track record to successfully manage, grow and evolve the Finance BI/Systems transformation teams

  • Proven ability to plan, organize, and deliver projects with agreed schedules and budgets

  • Expert knowledge of SDLC/Agile processes and project management best practices

  • A proven understanding of project budget and cost tracking, including annual budgets, capital requisition processes, purchasing, invoice processing and budget reconciliation

  • Experience in vendor management, RFP processes, negotiating third party contracts

  • Exceptional organization and time management skills with the ability to work on multiple initiatives simultaneously

  • Capable and confident in analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to make thoughtful, practical decisions

  • A demonstrated history of solving multiple and complex operation and accounting challenges in Finance Organization

  • MIS of BA/BS in Business Administration, Finance, Economics 

  • 10+ years of progressive management and leadership responsibility, including in-depth experience with program management in Finance/IT Organization

  • 10+ years of FP&A related experience with record of strong achievement focuses on financial transformation 

  • Strong communication and influencing skills, ability to lead large scale initiatives and projects with executive management

  • Ability to meet timelines, prioritize business needs, and manage multiple projects simultaneously

  • Team player with excellent communication skills with all levels of organization

  • Willingness and ability to adapt to the rapid business and organizational changes that accompany a high-growth environment

  • Self-motivated, energetic, and positive attitude

The Team

You have a passion for numbers, our organization has a 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 supporting infrastructure, dealing in automation, and building elegant models and solutions to empower our business lines and solutions. The ideal candidate has exceptional skills in financial modeling and analytics and an innovative mindset to approach finance problems differently. Our innovation doesn’t stay in Research and Development. Within finance, we seek people who are looking to try new things, while solving business critical equations. If you’re seeking a financial challenge but with a world-wide 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. 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 provide equal 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 applicable legally protected characteristics.

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