Director, Communications - People Team

Palo Alto Networks Inc. Santa Clara , CA 95051

Posted 5 months ago

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

This role is critical to achieving our People objectives. Reporting to the Chief of Staff for the People Team, working directly with the Chief People Office (CPO) and partnering across the entire company, this role will seek innovative ways to inform, inspire and engage employees through a variety of communication channels, engagement platforms and multi-media. You are a communications expert who thrives on inspiring a culture of disruption, execution and transformation while being in service to the teams driving various People and business strategies.

Your Impact

  • Drive the internal communications strategy to ensure user adoption and demonstrate measured improvement of employee awareness and engagement

  • Create and deliver multiple messages through varying channels often to multiple audiences through a clear strategy that results in engaged employees

  • Partner across the People Team to enable the achievement of strategic initiatives and key employee programs

  • Deliver timely, clear and compelling messages that support the CPO, and multiple SMEs across the People Team

  • Ensure People Team communications align with Palo Alto Networks' brand and amplify corporate communications internally

  • Collaborate with and work with multiple communications leaders from across the business to ensure that what may originate as disparate strategies are received as a cohesive purpose-driven approach to Internal Communications

  • Continuously monitor communications practices using evaluation methods to assess program strengths and identify areas of improvement

  • Partner in the execution of an effective rhythm of the People business and optimize continuously in pursuit of leanness, agility, and impact

  • Use cross-functional knowledge and seek to understand issues, trends, and perspectives that may influence the People Team and business at large

Your Experience

  • BA/BS degree or equivalent practical experience, MS degree or MBA preferred

  • 10+ years of experience in a similar 'Employee/Internal Communications' role, experience in Employee Engagement best practices and philosophies, Human Capital strategies, Tools and Platforms that enable collaboration and Program Management

  • Record of working effectively with cross-functional teams and leaders up to the executive level, communicating to all levels in organization

  • Ability to work seamlessly across all People functions (staffing, learning & development, operations, business partners, corporate responsibility, etc.) and collaborate with all business functions (Sales, Marketing, Finance, Engineering, Operations, Legal, etc.)

  • Experience thriving in a matrixed environment, the ability to bring structure and focus to the team while being agile in a time of constant change

  • Proven ability to balance time investment in strategic vision and tactical execution

  • Excels at negotiation, facilitation, and problem solving across functional boundaries

The Team

Our People team at Palo Alto Networks works throughout the organization to guessed it, people. Every team within the organization has a huge impact on our mission statement. We're one team driven to one mission statement. Each piece matters, and within the people team, you are focused on enabling our teams to resolve the world's most aggressive cybersecurity risks. Our People team is centered on building, attracting, recruiting, and retaining the most passionate and committed talent to our organization, fulfilling that mission. We focus on building strong teams, centered on respect and enablement, empowering our employees to seek their career goals. You will be part of a growing, passionate, and dynamic team with an opportunity to work on challenging and exciting projects centered on what we believe is one of the most significant mission statements in the world.

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

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