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Senior Finance Manager, Cloud Finance

The Cloud Finance team is seeking to add a high-impact Sr. 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.

We expect office-based employees to be in the office three days per week, with two days working from where they choose. We believe being together facilitates casual conversations and those magic moments where we can work on issues and ideas informally. These moments build capability and deepen trusted relationships and allow our people to feel safe in taking risks and being disruptive. Like so many companies, we are working through the details and things could change …. but in general if a role is deemed office-based we want our teams to be together four days per week.

Your Impact  

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

Your Experience

  • Bachelor’s in Finance, Economics, or equivalent (e.g., CFA, MBA)
  • 7~10 years of overall Corporate Finance experience
  • 2+ years of investment banking or equity research experience focused in the tech industry is a plus
  • Experience building dynamic and integrated bottoms-up financial models from scratch.
  • Management consulting and managing cloud infrastructure budgets experience a plus
  • 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

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.

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  • Company: PALOALTO NETWORKS
  • Published: 25th August 2023
  • Closing Date: 10th December 2023
  • Country: United States
  • Type: Full-time
  • Seniority: Senior
  • Salary: Base (USD 129,400 - 209,350) + RSU + bonus
  • FinOps Certifications Required: None