Palo Alto Networks

Sr. Staff Software Engineer in Test (AI/ML Strata Cloud Service)

Sep 14, 2023

Santa Clara, CA, United States

Company Description

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.

Our vision is a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. 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.

FLEXWORK is an employee-centric reimagining of how we work. We built FLEXWORK based on employee feedback – it is about flexibility, trust, and choice whenever possible. It’s been a journey of disruption that has yielded the best of our values. We offer as much flexibility as possible, and choices that enable you to be most productive, including benefits that meet your needs and learning opportunities that you feel passionate about.

Our Approach to Work

At Palo Alto Networks, we believe in the power of collaboration and value in-person interactions. This is why our employees generally work from the office three days per week, leaving two days for choice and flexibility to work where you feel most effective. This setup fosters casual conversations, problem-solving, and trusted relationships. While details may evolve, our goal is to create an environment where innovation thrives, with office-based teams coming together three days a week to collaborate and thrive, together!

Job Description

Your Career

As a Software Developer in Test, you will design, develop and deliver next generation technologies. You will build, automate, and run performance testing scenarios for our products in virtualized elements.

You will participate in design discussions and help make a difference in developing the future direction of our AI/ML software. You will drive the efficiency and reliability of our products by testing them thoroughly to understand potential risks, bugs, or issues, providing an exemplary product experience for our end users. You strive for the best in everything you do—meaning you won’t rest until the products you work on are at the highest quality. You love hunting for problems within code, seeking issues to correct, and enjoy the challenge of a code-based scavenger hunt that includes testing, providing feedback, and identifying alternative suggestions for our product’s environment.

We are looking for highly technical individuals driven in their desire to get hands-on experience with a wide variety of networking technologies. You'll work closely with our development and product management teams, testing and presenting the results to identify new approaches. 

Your Impact

  • Design, develop and execute test automation to test software features on our next-generation security platform as part of our AI/ML Strata Cloud Service
  • Develop and maintain test automation and framework
  • Develop tools and infrastructure that enable engineers to build, test and release features confidently and continuously
  • Understand customer configurations - Debug, reproduce, verify fixes and add new test cases for issues uncovered in customer deployments
  • Verify endurance and scale testing to validate robust feature functionality under stress
  • Work closely with the Software Engineering, Product Management teams during product development from design to release
  • File bugs and work with Development to fix issues seen
  • Mix in your creative skills with a focused testing approach to produce the best quality products in cybersecurity  
  • Be involved in a rigorous approach to testing for specifications, assist the team with testing methods or tools for new testing
  • You will also have the chance to work on different public cloud platforms (AWS, GCP, Azure) to automate cloud orchestration, visualization and alerting mechanisms
  • Configure, build and expand both Functional and System Testbeds
  • Excellent troubleshooting abilities - Debug issues found during testing and verify bug fixes once they are resolved


Your Experience

  • BS or MS in computer science or related technical field or equivalent military experience required
  • 6+ years of related experience as a Systems Test Engineer in networking/cloud technologies
  • Good understanding of networking concepts, L2-L7 protocols
  • Experience with API and UI automation/testing
  • Scripting and/or programming with experience in Infrastructure and Tools development 
  • Excellent communication and collaborative skills
  • Experience with Unix/Linux OS
  • Comfortable with Agile methodologies and working in small and large teams
  • Career level years of proven experience in leading test strategy Cloud products such as AWS, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Azure
  • Testing network security products, preferably with firewalls and intrusion prevention is a plus
  • Experience with VMWare vsphere is a plus
  • Experience in testing container technologies (Docker, Kubernetes) is a plus
  • Experience driving performance test efforts for complex, asynchronous microservice-based systems
  • A self-starter who is confident and effective when working across distributed teams

Additional Information

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 building products to solve problems no one has pursued 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 chance to create 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.

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 [email protected].

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/com-missioned roles) is expected to be between $119,700/yr to $193,600/yr. The offered compensation may also include restricted stock units and a bonus. A description of our employee benefits may be found here.

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