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Palo Alto Networks

Principal UX Designer (Design System)

Santa Clara, CA

Company Description

Our Mission

At Palo Alto Networks® everything starts and ends with our mission: protecting our way of life in the digital age by preventing successful cyberattacks. It’s not a small goal. It isn’t simple either, but we aren’t in this for the easy answer. As a company with a foundation in challenging the way things are done, we’re looking for innovators with a dedication to best. In return, your career will have a tangible impact – one that’s working toward technology that affects every level of society.  

Our mission doesn’t happen by treading softly – no, it happens by defining an industry. It means building products that haven’t been thought of. It means selling products with a solutions mindset. It means supporting the infrastructure of a company that moves at an incredible speed – intentionally – to stay ahead of the world’s next cyberthreat.

Job Description

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Your Career

Palo Alto Networks is building a world-class UX team and our fast growth means we are continuing to look for top-notch UX professionals to expand the team. We are looking for a full stack Principal UX Designer who is passionate about UX design and building products that are simple, easy to use and delightful. Should be experienced in creating design systems - design standards and guidelines and well-versed in latest design trends and technologies. You will lead and/or contribute to each facet of the design system process: information architecture; interaction design; visual design, research and usability; rapid prototyping; brand integration, design templates, and beyond! You need to be a great creator, collaborator, communicator, and coach/partner for small and large design teams.

As a Principal UX Designer in the Product Strategy & Operations/Central UX team, you will work with all the Product Design teams across Palo Alto Networks to align everybody in a common design direction. You will play a key role in driving design discussions/decisions and building a common UX Design System that works for all products. You will also work on hi-fidelity design templates in Figma and create design specs, work with engineering to build those components, test implemented components, participate and lead topics in component meetings and contribute to the documentation of the Design System site to be used by all Product teams in their design and implementation. 

Your Impact

  • Exhibit exceptional leadership qualities, including the ability to motivate, inspire, and communicate effectively across the product organization.

  • Demonstrate a deep knowledge of best practices and industry trends, while identifying unique, forward-thinking, and innovative design opportunities.

  • Work on a new common UX design system in collaboration with all Product design teams ensuring consistency and coherence across all products

  • Create scenarios, information architecture, wireframes, visual designs, specs and other artifacts rooted in thorough research and cross-team collaboration.

  • Engage and collaborate with key stakeholders to execute vision across the product organization.

  • Lead and facilitate design, brainstorming and network group sessions.

  • Communicate, defend, and build consensus around a common design system.

  • Conduct or coordinate testing efforts when needed, interpret test results, and incorporate results into design efforts.

  • Ensure all designs follow accessibility and inclusivity standards defined by WCAG, ADA, and MAS.

  • Continually work to hone your skills and improve your craft and share with others.


  • Qualified candidates should have at least career level experience, including experience with information architecture, interaction design, visual design, user research, and usability testing, in addition to leading, organizing, and inspiring a team.

  • Experience creating design systems and managing UI pattern libraries and interaction guidelines across a large organization.

  • Expertise creating a variety of interaction design documents including user scenarios, task flows, conceptual models, competitor analysis, heuristic analysis, and annotated wireframes.

  • High proficiency in designing high-fidelity mocks in Figma.

  • Experience in developing and conducting a variety of both qualitative and quantitative research including contextual inquiries, guided explorations, and usability testing.

  • Exposure to and understanding of a variety of design, project management, and development processes and methodologies including agile development methods for smaller and larger teams.

  • Demonstrable ability to work confidently with Program Management, Development, Brand, and TechDocs teams

  • Understanding of the array of technical constraints, user goals, and business requirements that shape current and future products.

Excellent communication, presentation, and organizational skills.

Additional Information

The Team

To stay ahead of the curve, it’s critical to know where the curve is, and how to anticipate the changes we’re facing. For the fastest growing cybersecurity company, the curve is the evolution of cyberattacks, and the products and services that proactively address them. Our engineering team is at the core of our products – connected directly to the mission of preventing cyberattacks. They are constantly innovating – challenging the way we, and the industry, think about cybersecurity. These engineers aren’t shy about building products to solve problems no one has pursued before. They define the industry, instead of waiting for directions. We need individuals who feel comfortable in ambiguity, excited by the prospect of challenge, and empowered by the unknown risks facing our everyday lives that are only enabled by a secure digital environment.

Our engineering team is provided with an unrivaled chance to create the products and practices that will support our company growth over the next decade, defining the cybersecurity industry as we know it. If you see the potential of how incredible people products can transform a business, this is the team for you. If you don’t wait for directions, instead, identifying new features and opportunities we have to just get better, this is your new career.

 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

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

Job ID: 743999798246981
Employment Type: Other

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • FSA
    • HSA
    • HSA With Employer Contribution
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
    • Fitness Subsidies
    • On-Site Gym
    • Pet Insurance
    • Mental Health Benefits
    • Virtual Fitness Classes
  • Parental Benefits

    • Fertility Benefits
    • Adoption Assistance Program
    • Family Support Resources
    • Birth Parent or Maternity Leave
    • Non-Birth Parent or Paternity Leave
    • Adoption Leave
  • Work Flexibility

    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Remote Work Opportunities
    • Hybrid Work Opportunities
    • Work-From-Home Stipend
  • Office Life and Perks

    • Commuter Benefits Program
    • Casual Dress
    • Happy Hours
    • Snacks
    • On-Site Cafeteria
    • Holiday Events
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Paid Vacation
    • Unlimited Paid Time Off
    • Paid Holidays
    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Leave of Absence
    • Volunteer Time Off
  • Financial and Retirement

    • 401(K)
    • 401(K) With Company Matching
    • Company Equity
    • Stock Purchase Program
    • Performance Bonus
    • Relocation Assistance
  • Professional Development

    • Promote From Within
    • Mentor Program
    • Access to Online Courses
    • Leadership Training Program
    • Tuition Reimbursement
    • Lunch and Learns
    • Internship Program
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program
    • Employee Resource Groups (ERG)
    • Founder led
    • Veteran founded/led
    • Asian founded/led

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