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Sr. Counsel, Workplace Investigator, Ethics & Compliance

Posted Sep 01
Full Time
On Site
Santa Clara, California


This role is open to Santa Clara, CA; Reston, VA; and Plano, TX locations.

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.

FLEXWORK is an employee-centric reimagining of how we work. We built FLEXWORK based on employee feedback – it is about flexibility, trust, and choice whenever possible. It’s been a journey of disruption that has yielded the best of our values. We offer as much flexibility as possible, and choices that enable you to be most productive, including benefits that meet your needs and learning opportunities that you feel passionate about.

Our Approach to Work

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!

Your Career

Global Ethics Team Workplace Investigations Counsel will lead The Americas workplace investigations and provide guidance and assistance to colleagues in connection with all global workplace investigations, ethics related training, and communications efforts. The role includes a range of responsibilities, including but not limited to: leading all facets of workplace investigation efforts and assisting with management of workplace litigation efforts; helping to build a consistent investigations framework, including drafting and implementing related policies, procedures, and guidelines; preparing and delivering compliance communications and training to employees and third-parties; and partnering with cross-functional teams in connection with implementation of various compliance projects. This will be a pivotal role in ensuring the Company remains compliant with all applicable laws and regulatory requirements in a dynamic and constantly evolving legal landscape.

You will work closely with Employee Relations, Human Resources, Public Sector, Information Security, and Professional Services teams along with various teams across the Legal Department.

Your Impact

  • Mature and manage the Company’s workplace investigations program, including personally leading workplace investigations in the Americas, and supporting global investigations as needed
  • Act as the Company’s subject matter expert for workplace investigations and related compliance efforts, including promotion of a vibrant Speak Up culture and driving employee engagement and compliance awareness
  • Serve as a trusted advisor to the People Team and other global business stakeholders, including building an effective partnership with employment counsel around the world
  • Create and lead global compliance communication and training efforts relating to multiple global employment and general compliance efforts, including management training, respect in the workplace training, anti-bribery and corruption, handling of concerns and investigations
  • Draft, update, and support implementation of compliance policies, procedures, and guidance
  • Assist in the performance of periodic compliance risk assessments, contract reviews, and implementation of compliance controls
  • Support preparation of executive updates, training, and communications, including briefings for members of the executive team, audit committee, and external auditors
  • Assist members of the Global Ethics Team in connection with questions, review, and advice relating to conflicts of interest, business courtesies, and other related corporate expenditures
  • Partner and support cross-functional compliance engagement with internal and external stakeholders

Your Experience 

  • A U.S. law degree from an ABA accredited law school and an active membership in good standing in at least one U.S. state bar, with eligibility for admission for Multijurisdictional Practice in California or equivalent military experience required
  • 8+ years of a combination of U.S. workplace investigations and labor & employment experience
  • General public company compliance experience, including familiarity with the DOJ’s Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs
  • Demonstrated success in successfully leading workplace investigations and overseeing employment litigation efforts
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, strategic thinking, superior work ethic, good business judgment, ability to navigate ambiguity, and equal comfort in working independently and in teams
  • Superior English language, written, and verbal communication skills are a must for success in this role
  • Nimble, flexible, and able to work well with cross-functional teams while supporting numerous projects simultaneously under tight deadlines
  • Experience managing and overseeing orderly operations of a global ethics helpline and familiarity with compliance and e-discovery tools
  • Comfort in delivering communications and training to a globally dispersed workforce
  • In-house experience with a U.S. public company, including handling international employment and investigations matters strongly preferred
  • Fluency in another language is a plus

The Team

Global Ethics Team is a part of the Legal Department and is responsible for providing compliance advice and guidance to employees and business partners, conducting internal investigations, managing and implementing the Global Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and attendant policies, compliance communications and training, third-party risk management, and general legal and compliance support.

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. We also strive to be the most people-centric company ever! That means we’re constantly working to make your experience amazing, and you are part of the team breaking boundaries of what the workplace can be!

We are committed to bringing our FLEXWORK philosophy . You will be part of a global team and for many roles, we offer employee choice on work location (office or mostly from home) for most of our roles.

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.

The compensation offered for this position will depend on qualifications, experience, and work location. For candidates who receive an offer at the posted level, the starting base salary (for non-sales roles) or base salary + commission target (for sales/com-missioned roles) is expected to be between $172,000/yr to $278,200/yr. The offered compensation may also include restricted stock units and a bonus. A description of our employee benefits may be found  here .

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

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