Manager | Strategy and Transformation

Santa Clara, CA
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May 5, 2023

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.

We’re changing the nature of work. Palo Alto Networks is evolving to meet the needs of our employees now and in the future through FLEXWORK, our approach to how we work. From benefits to learning, location to leadership, we’ve rethought and recreated every aspect of the employee experience at Palo Alto Networks. And because it FLEXes around each individual employee based on their individual choices, employees are empowered to push boundaries and help us all evolve, together.

Job Description

Your Career

Your work as a Strategy Manager will directly and visibly contribute to our overall strategy and success. As a Strategy Manager, you will work as a part of a problem-solving team assigned to solve complex strategy problems that are top-of-mind for our executives. You will work collaboratively to perform data analyses, develop and conduct internal and external surveys, formulate and test hypotheses, develop and package recommendations for presentation to management, support execution and manage a broad set of x-functional stakeholders.

Your Impact

  • Work directly with a corporate strategy Principal / Lead to drive high-value workstreams as part of broader strategic initiatives to break down complex problems, develop and test hypothesis and drive x-functional alignment to deliver recommendations
  • Lead thoughtful, creative and rigorous analysis (e.g., market sizing, competitive assessments, business models) to synthesize insights
  • Develop and present high-quality recommendation and deliverables for executive level consumption and actively contribute to associated strategy and execution discussions
  • Work collaboratively across a cross-functional set of stakeholders to gather the right information, prove / disprove your hypothesis, co-create deliverables, accelerate execution and ultimately unlock value
  • Support strategy / business planning processes and assist with developing strategic capabilities across the organization
  • Drive change across the organization and be willing to wear multiple hats (strategy development, project management, and execution) to do what it takes to “move the needle”


Your Experience

  • 3+ years of relevant work experience (pre-MBA), or recent MBA graduates with up to 2 years of post-MBA experience with at least 2 years in management consulting (McKinsey, Bain, BCG) or top-tier tech strategy or “bizops” functions (Google, Facebook, Amazon, etc.)
  • MBA graduate from a top-tier B- school or similar academic credentials or “direct promote” in Consulting or equivalent military experience required
  • Robust analytical skillset mixed with endless curiosity and open-mindedness
  • Effective verbal & written presentation skills with the ability to communicate complex ideas effectively to Executive-level audiences
  • Collaborative team player willing to go beyond strategy in order to support execution and realization
  • Independent thinker and Self-starter who thrives in fast-paced, high-growth environments with minimal supervision - a proven record of leadership in a work setting
  • Enterprise technology experience are a plus
  • Additional relevant experience with large transformations is a plus

Additional Information

The Team

Our Business organization, led by our President, is the heart and soul of Palo Alto Networks with 3K+ employees spread across Sales, Support, and Services. The Business organization tackles cross-functional strategic initiatives across Sales, Product, Marketing, Finance, and People teams. We are a “Special Forces” Strategy team that will tackle the most mission-critical and challenging initiatives in the Business organization to drive and support our industry-leading growth. This team will roll up directly to our President and will have unprecedented access to the CEO and Executives.

We work on projects that move the needle, have major C-level “pull” and impact the company’s overall trajectory. We operate in an “unpolitical” and meritocratic environment as a tight-knit unit with a supportive, learning-oriented culture that enables our team members to thrive. Over time, we expect “graduates” from our Strategy team to take on important roles across the Business and the company and commit to coaching and supporting you on your journey!

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.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

The compensation offered for this position will depend on qualifications, experience, and work location. For candidates who receive an offer at the posted level, the starting base salary (for non-sales roles) or base salary + commission target (for sales/commissioned roles) is expected to be between $132,600/yr to $214,600/yr. The offered compensation may also include restricted stock units and a bonus. A description of our employee benefits may be found here.

Covid-19 Vaccination Information for Palo Alto Networks Jobs

  • Vaccine requirements and disclosure obligations vary by country.
  • Unless applicable law requires otherwise, you must be vaccinated for COVID or qualify for a reasonable accommodation if:
    • The job requires accessing a company worksite
    • The job requires in-person customer contact and the customer has implemented such requirements
    • You choose to access a Palo Alto Networks worksite
  • If you have questions about the vaccine requirements of this particular position based on your location or job requirements, please inquire with the recruiter.
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