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Palo Alto Networks

4.2 | Santa Clara, CA | Computer & Network Security | 5001 to 10000 Employees
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Posted a month ago on May 26, 2020

Senior or Principal Mechanical Product Designer (Consumer Products)

Full-time in Santa Clara, CA
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Palo Alto Networks is a computer & network security company headquartered in the Santa Clara, CA area with 5001 to 10000 employees. Palo Alto Networks has a 4.2-star InHerSight Score, based on 1,186 ratings from 82 employees. 28 employees have left comments about their experience working for the company on InHerSight.

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

We're seeking innovators - mechanical engineers who seek to design new products, designing state-of-the-art products that do not exist today. 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.

As a key member of our Consumer Group, you will be responsible for designing and developing consumer devices with security features. You will work with product management on user requirement, apply your knowledge to functional design, utilize your design skills for efficient and manufacturable implementation, and interact with compliance and quality assurance throughout the entire development cycle.

Your Impact

  • High focus on overall design, manufacturability, serviceability and usability for Consumer PAN Products
  • Drive Mechanical, ID and ODM counterpart teams
  • Collaborate in a hardware organization with board design engineers to meet critical space, thermal, cost, and usability requirements
  • Collaborate cross-functionally and maintain productive relationships with engineering, compliance, product management, manufacturing engineering, materials and planning teams
  • Promote a healthy working environment with strong focus on individual career development.
  • Develop and maintain new design processes to ensure product design quality in fast pace working environment
  • Support accessory, enclosure and packaging commodity teams to ensure mechanical engineering team early engagement

Your Experience

  • 10+ years in hardware development (networking products a plus) 
  • Bachelors or master’s degree in mechanical engineering or equivalent experience
  • Excellent understanding of product design development and testing processes
  • Demonstrated design experience integrating component modules (I/O, PCBs, Antennas, etc.)
  • Experience designing thermal management solutions for consumer products
  • Experience in design and manufacturing processes of volume manufacturing with high-quality finishes including: sheet metal, plastics, machined parts, 3D printing, die-cast, and extrusions
  • Experience in Tolerance Analysis and Statistical Process Control (SPC, Cp, CpK)
  • Experience with NX, PTC Creo, Solidworks or similar CAD system
  • Experience working with component vendors and contract manufacturers
  • Knowledge of DFM/DFA, Design for Cost for both low to high volume products
  • Demonstrated experience with GD&T drawing standards for 2D documentation
  • Experience with BOMs and Revision Control documentation in a PLM tool such as Arena/Agile
  • Analytic problem solving skills, including knowledge of 8D, Six Sigma, DOE or similar disciplines
  • Experience using thermal simulation software in consumer electronics a plus
  • Experience in working with ODM or JDM with both domestic and/or offshore partners
  • Verbal and written communication skills to work with multi-functional groups
  • Teammate who brings a can-do attitude to a dynamic working environment
  • This position may require domestic and international travel

The Team 

Our team designs and builds hardware devices, networking technologies, software, and services for delivering on customer needs and wants, innovating with opinion to anticipate customer requirements. Our designs are beautiful, customer appropriate, and functional.

The products you work on are new to Palo Alto Networks, so you are entrepreneurial and hands-on in your engineering approach while helping to craft a vision and being a key member to execute on that vision. 

We contribute to Palo Alto Networks being the fastest growing cybersecurity company in the world by understanding the evolution of cyberattacks and designing products to keep users safer and more secure.


Our Commitment

We’re trailblazers that dream big, take risks, and challenge the status quo of cybersecurity. We can’t accomplish our mission without diverse teams innovating, together. To learn more about our dedication to inclusion and innovation, please 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

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