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Manager, Cloud Finance

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

The Cloud Finance team is seeking to add a high-impact Manager to its team. We’re looking for a self-starter with strong analytical skills, an effective communicator, and a leader passionate for driving change in a dynamic fast-paced environment – all-in-one.

Cloud infrastructure is a critical strategic component to our cloud delivered security offerings. The Cloud Strategy, Operations and Finance team manages cloud spend across the whole PANW portfolio and across Cloud Service Providers (CSPs). We directly manage relationships with our CSPs and drive procurement optimizations via rate negotiations and committed/reserved usage discounts.  Working alongside a tight-knit cross-functional group with CloudOps and IT, we build tooling and dashboards to provide teams with visibility into usage optimization opportunities and cloud unit economics, enabling teams to make the best strategic business decisions and providing Executive Staff with insightful, proactive recommendations to drive both topline and bottom-line growth across various portfolios within the Company.

The ideal candidate will be a proven problem-solver with corporate finance experience and experience/knowledge of the cloud.  We are looking for someone to lead our long term cloud spend forecasting, CSP negotiations, annual planning and executive deliverables, and be a business partner / advisor to our product and cross-functional teams on all-things-cloud hosting. Someone who can break down complex problems, be able to gather the data/evidence, conduct analysis and package and present the insights to senior executives. If you want to be part of a team of trustworthy advisors that is looked upon to make informed and persuasive recommendations to the C-level suite, apply today.

Your Impact  

  • Support team in executing on strategic and financial planning processes (e.g., Monthly Business Reviews, Forecasts, Annual Budget, and Long Range Plan) and analytics to support our CSP negotiations
  • Provide analytical rigor and thought partnership to help drive key business decisions with product and cross-functional teams
  • Drive continuous process improvement, standardization, simplification and reporting enhancements
  • Develop and monitor critical success metrics, and communicate actionable insights
  • Own and lead ad hoc strategic initiatives end to end


Your Experience

  • Bachelor’s in Finance, Economics, or equivalent or equivalent military experience required (e.g., CFA, MBA)
  • 5+ years of overall Finance experience ideally in SaaS industry
  • Investment banking or equity research experience focused in the tech industry preferred
  • Management consulting and managing cloud infrastructure budgets experience a plus
  • Experience building dynamic and integrated bottoms-up models from scratch
  • Demonstrated ability and desire to work in and influence a matrixed organizational structure as an individual contributor
  • Analytical problem-solver with the ability to gather, analyze and synthesize large amounts of data in order to drive effective and efficient executive decision-making – Own the end-to-end recommendation process
  • Go-getter mindset and ability to maintain high-performance under tight timelines with a “roll-up sleeves mindset”
  • Exceptional presentation/leadership skills, concise and fluent in communication

Additional Information

The Team 

You will be part of the Cloud Finance team that is responsible for Cloud Hosting spend reporting, forecasting and planning, procurement optimizations on cloud (e.g. optimizing coverage, negotiating with cloud providers) and partnering with the product teams on analysis to inform their business decision making (e.g. analyzing unit costs and margins to drive pricing and strategy, quantifying impact of optimization initiatives to help with prioritization).  The Cloud Finance team drives the Central FinOps initiatives working alongside CloudOps, Central Engg. and Central IT to drive governance and best practices across teams.

Our Commitment

We’re trailblazers who 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 disabilities. 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 $114,200/yr to $184,800/yr.

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  • Published: 17th October 2023
  • Closing Date: 30th November 2023
  • Country: United States
  • Type: Full-time
  • Seniority: Manager
  • Salary: $114,200/yr to $184,800/yr
  • FinOps Certifications Required: None