Principal Electrical Engineer (Consumer Products)

Engineering Santa Clara, California Santa Clara, California


Your Career

We're seeking innovators - electrical engineers who seek to design new products, designing state-of-the-art products that do not exist today. We are looking for leaders who take ownership of their areas of focus and who are driven to pursue problems at every level. Collaboration is at the heart of our culture and we need engineers who can communicate at a high level and work well with multi-functional teams towards achieving a common goal.

As a key member of our Consumer Group, you will be responsible for designing and developing consumer devices with security features. You will work with product management on user requirement, apply your knowledge to functional design, utilize your design skills for efficient and manufacturable implementation, and interact with compliance and quality assurance throughout the entire development cycle.

Your Impact

  • High focus on overall design, manufacturability, serviceability and usability for Consumer PAN Products
  • Drive Electrical and ODM counterpart teams
  • Collaborate in a hardware organization with RF, compliance and product design engineers to meet critical space, thermal, cost, and usability requirements
  • Collaborate cross-functionally and maintain productive relationships with engineering, compliance, product management, manufacturing engineering, materials and planning teams
  • Promote a healthy working environment with strong focus on individual career development.
  • Develop and maintain new design processes to ensure product design quality in fast pace working environment
  • Support both accessory and component commodity teams to ensure electrical engineering team early engagement

Your Experience

  • 10+ years in hardware development (networking products a plus)
  • Engineering management a plus
  • Experience working with component vendors and contract manufacturers
  • Experience with UL, EMC, EMI, FCC, CE and other compliance requirements
  • Experience with Qualcomm, Broadcom or similar SoC systems a plus
  • Experience with RF and antennas a plus
  • Experience in budgeting, resourcing and scheduling requirements for new programs
  • Excellent understanding of product design development and testing processes
  • Knowledge of Design for Manufacturing, Design for Cost for both low to high volume products
  • Experience in working with ODM or JDM with both domestic and/or offshore partners
  • Bachelors or master’s degree in electrical engineering or equivalent experience
  • Verbal and written communication skills to work with multi-functional groups
  • A teammate who brings a can-do attitude to a dynamic working environment

The Team 

Our team designs and builds hardware devices, networking technologies, software, and services for delivering on customer needs and wants, innovating with opinion to anticipate customer requirements. Our designs are beautiful, customer appropriate, and functional.

The products you work on are new to Palo Alto Networks, so you are entrepreneurial and hands-on in your engineering approach while helping to craft a vision and being a key member to execute on that vision. 

We contribute to Palo Alto Networks being the fastest-growing cybersecurity company in the world by understanding the evolution of cyberattacks and designing products to keep users safer and more secure.

Our Commitment

We’re trailblazers that dream big, take risks, and challenge the status quo of cybersecurity. We can’t accomplish our mission without diverse teams innovating, together. To learn more about our dedication to inclusion and innovation, please 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 accommodation due to a disability or special need, please contact us at