Financial Analyst, Operations - Early in Career Opportunity

Palo Alto Networks - Santa Clara, CA4.0

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.

Your Career

Palo Alto Networks is looking for entry-level finance professional to join the team as a Financial Analyst, Operations Finance. We are looking for a self-starter and an effective communicator with the ability to grow into an individual with strong analytical skills. This is a great opportunity for a recent college graduate or soon to be a new graduate.

Based in Santa Clara, this role will initially report to the Senior Manager, Operations Finance and will be part of the Company’s Financial Planning and Analysis team.

Your Impact

Develop an understanding of the World-Wide Operations organization and partner with Finance Business Managers within Operations Finance to align business and financial goals
Assist in quarterly expense forecasting and annual planning process for WW Operations
Assist in Identification and ongoing analysis of excess and obsolete (E&O) inventory along with potential excess liability positions within Supply Chain
Regular monitoring of liability positions with Palo Alto Networks’ contract manufacturers, including analysis and explanation of fluctuations
Perform analysis on warranty and other reserve requirements
Work with Senior Cost Analyst to help maintain standard costs
Assist in gathering and preparation of audit documentation
Assist with physical inventories
Fulfill ad-hoc and regular requests from WW Operations and Corporate Finance
Your Experience

BA/BS in Finance or Accounting
0 – 1 year of Finance, Accounting or Consulting experience
Ability to seamlessly pivot from big picture to details and back
Have proven ability in college on having excellent analytical and financial modeling skills
Willingness to learn
Standout colleague
Detailed oriented
The Team

You have a passion for numbers, our organization has a passion for cybersecurity. You’re looking for a career with a more fulfilling mission. We have open positions for top talent seeking a financial challenge. Our finance department deals with numbers daily, supporting infrastructure, dealing in automation, building elegant models and solutions to empower our business lines and solutions. The ideal candidate has exceptional skills in financial modeling and analytics and an innovative mindset to approach finance problems differently. Our innovation doesn’t stay in Research and Development. Within finance, we seek people who are looking to try new things, while solving business critical equations. If you’re seeking a financial challenge but with a world-wide impact — this is it.

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. To learn more about our dedication to inclusion and innovation, visit our Life at Palo Alto Networks page and our diversity website.

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.

Additionally, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all qualified individuals with a disability. If you require assistance or an accommodation due to a disability or special need, please contact us at