Senior Supply Base Manager - Mechanicals

Manufacturing and Operations 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 seeking an experienced and highly motivated Supply Base Manager to join our exciting, fast growing company. The Supply Base Manager will work closely with Engineering and other internal cross-functional teams on implementing strategies, contracts and pricing with an overall focus on fostering long-term supplier partnerships. The Supply Base Manager will lead and support the development, implementation and management of commodity strategies to provide Operations & Engineering with quality and best in class pricing & delivery. This position reports to the Sr. Manager of Supply Base Management and is based at our headquarters in Santa Clara, CA.

Your impact

Commodity Management

  • Collaborate with H/W Engineering & cross-functional teams on establishing technology roadmaps & sourcing strategies for NPI.

  • Manage relationship with suppliers to ensure continuity of supply, flexibility, quality and supplier delivery performance.

  • Support technical operations and quality management with field quality and customer satisfaction issues.

  • Collaborate with suppliers, distributors and EMS provider to establish and maintain continuity of supply.

  • Drive component commonality and design for manufacturability and supply chain.

    Cost Reduction Strategies

  • Lead periodical cost negotiations with a focus on achieving & exceeding cost reduction targets.

  • Partner with Engineering and NPI teams on driving cost avoidance, resulting in achievement of improved

    product margin and increased ROI.

  • Conduct market research to track industry cost trends; leverage benchmarking tools to ensure best in class

    cost is achieved.


  • Establish and maintain cross-functional relationships with NPI Supply Chain and HW Engineering team to develop commodity roadmaps.

    agreements with suppliers.

  • Meet and exceed quality, delivery and inventory performance to ensure KPI metrics goals are achieved.

  • Lead complex projects, implement rapid solutions and work successfully cross-functional to exceed corporate objectives.

  • Establish strategic process to management end-of-life products ensuring minimal liability to the company.

  • Implement flexibility programs and drive lead-time reduction programs to improve material upside availability.

Negotiate & maintain master purchase agreements (MSA), service level agreements (SLA) and SMI/VMI

Lead supplier performance business reviews (SBR), including performance improvement plans.

Risk Mitigation

  • Utilize commodity management best practices to develop and execute supply chain risk assessment and mitigation strategies.

  • Identify risk vulnerabilities; develop sourcing plans and strategies to secure continuity of supply while eliminating “stock outs”.

  • Manage component life cycle, multi-sourcing and BOM reuse. Your Experience

  • Minimum 10 years of experience in Mechanical commodity space.

  • Prefer BS/BA degree.

Flexibility to work and achieve goals in a fast-paced, start up environment with an ability to adapt to changing

Excellent cost negotiator with the ability to leverage “trade-offs”.


  • Strong contract and supply chain agreement negotiator.

  • Willingness to travel once or twice per year.

    The Team

    Our Manufacturing team is a team of professionals with extensive business and project management experience in the contract manufacturing industry. This team has a proven track record of success in all aspects of supply chain and project management. We’re dedicated to growing production, reducing operating costs, and improving product quality by utilizing World- class Manufacturing concepts to optimize supply chain processes and strategies. Our manufacturing team leadership establishes clear objectives, defining and implementing profit improvement and profiling inventory management, valuation, and lead-time improvement programs. If you have a passion for extensive end-to-end manufacturing and supply chain with the knowledge and experience, we want you!

    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