Palo Alto Networks is hiring a

Sr Hardware Engineer, Board/System Design

Santa Clara, United States

Your Career

As a key contributor in the Platform Hardware development team, you will be responsible for the complete design cycle of Palo Alto Networks hardware including: specification; component selection; schematic entry; layout oversight; prototype bring-up, debug, and validation testing. The Hardware Engineering team is an interdisciplinary team including: mechanical engineering, signal integrity, PCB layout, and compliance. You will also collaborate cross-functionally with product management, software, operations and quality assurance.

Your Impact

  • Excellent ability to drive tasks proactively, independently and escalate and communicate issues and needs clearly to the cross-functional team
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic development environment
  • Demonstrated success at full product life-cycle ownership from concept to production release
  • Define, design, bring-up, and debug new PCB designs
  • Experience with schematic capture and PCB layout tools
  • Experience working with lab equipment for hands-on prototyping, design, and power analysis
  • Support at the factory when needed for engineering builds and production

Your Experience

  • BS EE or CE or equivalent military experience - MSEE desired
  • Minimum of 5+ years experience in hardware development
  • Multiple successful product design cycles from architecture to production required
  • Hands-on experience in the design, bring up and debug of PCBAs for hardware products launched to customers
  • Experience managing simultaneous projects from start to finish
  • Experience prototyping, reworking, troubleshooting board & component level issues to resolution
  • Experience using schematic capture and PCB layout tools
  • Experience using productivity apps such as Microsoft Office and Google Docs
  • Experience working with factories and internal teams to support builds for production

Desired Skills

  • Networking product design
  • Design for low-cost
  • OT, Ruggedized, IP-rated product design
  • Embedded CPU design, especially x86
  • Design for integrated radio
  • Power over Ethernet PSE design
  • Strong leadership/communication/interpersonal skills

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 creating products to solve problems no one has tackled 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 opportunity to build 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

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 $137,400/yr to $222,200/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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