Principal Software Test Engineer NGFW/Cloud Security

Santa Clara, CA, United States

Palo Alto Networks

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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. 

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. 

We’re changing the nature of work. Palo Alto Networks is evolving to meet the needs of our employees now and in the future through FLEXWORK, our approach to how we work. From benefits to learning, location to leadership, we’ve rethought and recreated every aspect of the employee experience at Palo Alto Networks.  And because it FLEXes around each individual employee based on their individual choices, employees are empowered to push boundaries and help us all evolve, together.

Job Description

Your Career

Palo Alto Networks NGFW (Next Generation Firewall) group is looking for a seasoned and accomplished test / Automation engineer with experience in validating core networking & security features in the test engineering team. You will be part of a world-class software test engineering team that works on various ground-breaking security (On-Prem and Cloud) technologies / use cases. You will work with a multi- functional team of engineers solving interesting problems in the area of L2-7 / Cloud security.

We are looking for highly motivated engineers who have intellectual curiosity, love the challenge of solving complex problems with variable factors and creativity in obtaining solutions. We are looking for leaders who take ownership of their areas of focus and who are driven to pursue problems at every level. Collaboration is at the heart of our culture and we need engineers who can communicate at a high level and work well with multi-functional teams towards achieving a common goal.

Your Impact

  • Responsible for testing of Palo Alto Networks’ next-generation firewall and features
  • Develop, execute and automate  test plans and test cases
  • Develop tools and infrastructure to improve the quality and efficiency of testing
  • Work closely with the Software Engineering, Product Management teams during product development from design to release
  • Reproduce and debug issues found during and after software release
  • Develop and maintain complex testbed environments


​​​​​​Your Experience

Required Skills

  • 10+ years of relevant experience with a BS OR MS degree in Network and Security domain with QA experience in platforms, infrastructure and systems area or equivalent military experience required
  • Prior experience in Test Engineering 
  • L2-L3 network testing experience with knowledge of most common switching and routing protocols
  • Must be proficient in Python (or other similar) scripting and/or automation

Nice to have

  • Experience testing network security products, preferably with firewalls and intrusion prevention
  • Knowledge of encryption and tunneling protocol test methods
  • Knowledge of L4-L7 layers 
  • Experience with open source test and Network traffic generating tools with typical test tools from Spirent, Breaking Point, and Ixia  
  • Experience with bug tracking tools such as Jira and versioning systems like git 
  • Experience setting testbeds in a Virtualization environment 
  • Exposure to Cloud Technologies (AWS,GCP,Azure or any other cloud) 

Additional Information

The Team

Our engineering team is at the core of our products – connected directly to the mission of preventing cyberattacks. We are constantly innovating – challenging the way we, and the industry, think about cybersecurity. Our engineers don’t shy away from building products to solve problems no one has pursued before.

We define the industry, instead of waiting for directions. We need individuals who feel comfortable in ambiguity, excited by the prospect of a challenge, and empowered by the unknown risks facing our everyday lives that are only enabled by a secure digital environment.

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/commissioned roles) is expected to be between $140,100/yr to $226,600/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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Tags: Automation AWS Azure Cloud Encryption Firewalls GCP Intrusion prevention Jira Network security NGFW Open Source Python Scripting

Perks/benefits: Career development Medical leave Salary bonus

Region: North America
Country: United States
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