Palo Alto Networks

Principal Engineer (QA - NGFW)

Bengaluru, India
Azure GCP Microservices Python Bash Ansible Terraform AWS

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.

Our Approach to Work

We lead with flexibility and choice in all of our people programs. We have disrupted the traditional view that all employees have the same needs and wants. We offer personalization and offer our employees the opportunity to choose what works best for them as often as possible - from your wellbeing support to your growth and development, and beyond!

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

Palo Alto Networks NGFW group is looking for a seasoned and accomplished QA/Automation engineer with experience in validating core networking & security features in the CPT team. You will be part of a world-class software engineering team that works on various ground-breaking technologies in the Customer Profile Testing. You will work with a multi- functional team of engineers solving interesting problems.

Your Impact

  • Be accountable for the engineering quality of the subject matter areas your teams are responsible for
  • Work closely with QA,Dev,DevOPS,PM and cross functional managers to refine business requirements in alignment with good testing & automation principles
  • Work closely with team leads and architects to create good test strategy/planning that meet business requirements and align with best practices
  • Ability to translate technology into business value
  • Working in conjunction with management and colleagues, define, document, and demonstrate good software quality & automation engineering practices
  • Stay up-to-date on new technology changes and features to provide recommendations for process improvements and feature adoption
  • Facilitate project delivery from your teams, working in conjunction with product managers, development managers, analysts, business partners, and system administrators
  • Plan, drive and execute business critical custom apps and microservices Roadmap
  • Facilitate production support affecting the system areas your teams are responsible for
  • Identify risks and prepare mitigation plans


Your Experience

  • 12 years of experience required with a BS/MS degree in Computer Science or Computer Networks Engineering or equivalent or equivalent military experience required
  • Experience in highly technical roles in QA at large organizations or innovative startups
  • Strong L2/L3 hands-on networking experience and ability to troubleshoot networking issues
  • Strong L4/L7 Security Experience - Prior experience on NGFWs, Software or Hardware Firewalls is good
  • Hands-on experience with standard TCP/IP protocol suites which include HTTPS, SSL, DNS, SAML, OAuth, etc
  • Strong understanding of VPN technologies, protocols(IPSec /SSL VPN), Zero Trust , NAT and security standards
  • Experience in Network Security and Cloud Security Products like NGFW’s, Software& Hardware 
  • Experience in System/scale testing simulating & maintaining a large/Complex enterprise network is a plus
  • Experience with performance characterization of networking products with debugging/troubleshooting skills
  • Experience in QA test automation on Cloud or Network security platforms 
  • Proficient programming experience with Python, and Bash is mandatory
  • Good Infrastructure automation using ANSIBLE, TERRAFORM 
  • Familiarity with Network/Security traffic tools from KeySight(Breaking Point), Cyberflood, Spirent(Cyber flood) , viavi(TeraVm) , etc
  • Good domain knowledge with cloud-based deployments (AWS/Azure/GCP experience preferred) including Cloud Networking! 
  • Experience with working with customers and understanding customer scenarios!
  • Good Knowledge in Linux platform testing on x86 platform architecture, Components and tools
  • Good knowledge in system/scale testing simulating large enterprise networks is a plus
  • Demonstrated understanding of good software testing and automation engineering practices
  • Strong time management and prioritization skills
  • Exceptional analytical and problem solving skills - Strong architectural skills on the platform(s) your teams work on is a strong advantage

Additional Information

The Team

Our engineering team is at the core of NGFW products – connected directly to the mission of providing world class Cybersecurity solutions. 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.

Is role eligible for Immigration Sponsorship?: No. Please note that we will not sponsor applicants for work visas for this position.

Covid-19 Vaccination Information for Palo Alto Networks Jobs

  • Vaccine requirements and disclosure obligations vary by country.
  • Unless applicable law requires otherwise, you must be vaccinated for COVID or qualify for a reasonable accommodation if:
    • The job requires accessing a company worksite
    • The job requires in-person customer contact and the customer has implemented such requirements
    • You choose to access a Palo Alto Networks worksite
  • If you have questions about the vaccine requirements of this particular position based on your location or job requirements, please inquire with the recruiter.

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