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Intern - Strategy (MBA)

Company: Palo Alto Networks
Location: Santa Clara
Posted on: January 9, 2022

Job Description:

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.

Disruption is at the core of our technology and on our way of work to meet the needs of our employees now and in the future through FLEXWORK, our approach to how we work. We're changing the nature of 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

Our Strategy organization sits at the heart of Palo Alto Networks, supporting all functions within the organization and tackles cross-functional strategic initiatives across Sales, Product, Marketing, Finance, and People teams. We are a "Special Forces" Strategy team that will tackle the most mission-critical and challenging initiatives across Palo Alto Networks to drive and support our industry-leading growth. This team rolls up directly to the CEO and will have unprecedented access to the entire Palo Alto Networks executive team. We work on projects that move the needle, have major C-level "pull" and impact the company's overall trajectory. We operate in an "unpolitical" and meritocratic environment as a tight-knit unit with a supportive, learning-oriented culture that enables our team members to thrive. Over time, we expect "graduates" from our Strategy team to take on important roles across the company and commit to coaching and supporting you on your journey!

Your work as a Strategy Intern will directly and visibly contribute to our overall strategy and success. You will be tasked with developing solutions for complex business problems that are top-of-mind for our executives. We expect you to work collaboratively to gather and analyze information, formulate and test hypotheses, independently lead problem-solving, develop and package recommendations for presentation to management, support execution and manage a broad set of x-functional stakeholders. At every turn, our team will strive to uncover value and opportunities for the Business.

The Team

Our Strategy and Business Operations is a focused team that works on our most critical business challenges to drive and support our industry-leading growth. Your efforts will directly impact the overall strategy and success of a world-leading cybersecurity business. You will collaborate on complex business and technology problems that are top-of-mind for our executives. You possess a unique blend of business insight, business strategy experience, big-picture thinking, influencing skills and ability to collaborate with a large number of constituents within Palo Alto Networks.

Your Impact
Work directly with a Strategy Principal / Lead to drive high-value workstreams as part of broader strategic initiatives to break down complex problems, develop and test hypothesis and drive x-functional alignment to deliver recommendations
Lead thoughtful, creative and rigorous analysis (e.g., market sizing, competitive assessments, business models) to synthesize insights
Develop and present high-quality recommendation and deliverables for executive level consumption and actively contribute to associated strategy and execution discussions
Work collaboratively across a cross-functional set of stakeholders to gather the right information, prove / disprove your hypothesis, co-create deliverables, accelerate execution and ultimately unlock value
Support strategy / business planning processes and assist with developing strategic capabilities across the organization
Drive change across the organization and be willing to wear multiple hats (strategy development, project management and execution) to do it what it takes to "move the needle"

Qualifications

Your Experience
3-5 years of relevant work experience with at least 2 years in management consulting, private equity, or internal strategy or "bizops" within a corporation
Currently completing a MBA from a top-tier B- school
Robust analytical skillset mixed with endless curiosity and open-mindedness
Effective verbal & written presentation skills with the ability to communicate complex ideas effectively to Executive-level audiences
Collaborative team player willing to go beyond strategy in order to support execution and realization
Independent thinker and Self-starter who thrives in fast-paced, high-growth environments with minimal supervision; a proven record of leadership in a work setting
Enterprise technology experience is a plus
Additional relevant experience with large transformations is a plus

Please note that we will not sponsor applicants for work visas for this position.

Additional Information

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.

Palo Alto Networks is evolving and changing the nature of work 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.

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 accommodations@paloaltonetworks.com.

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.

Disclosure required by sb19-085 (8-5-20) of the minimum compensation (includes on-target earnings = base + on target incentives for sales roles) for this role to be located in the state of Colorado. If hired in Colorado, this position starts at $25/hr. Depending on the position offered, restricted stock units and incentive or bonus pay may be provided as part of this compensation package. Additional benefits may be found here .

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Keywords: Palo Alto Networks, Santa Clara , Intern - Strategy (MBA), Other , Santa Clara, California

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