Senior Manager, Commercial Sales Operations

Senior Manager, Commercial Sales Operations

01 Mar 2024
California, Santaclara, 95050 Santaclara USA

Senior Manager, Commercial Sales Operations

Our MissionAt 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 WorkWe 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!Your CareerWe are looking for a Senior Sales Operations Manager to support the US Commercial leadership team in all aspects of the business. You will partner with Channel, Marketing, Finance, and HR while being an integral part of the North American Sales Operations organization. This role is a great fit for a self-starter who enjoys driving business impact and operational efficiency, can serve as an internal consultant (e.g., problem solver) and owner and will have the opportunity for significant exposure and visibility across the business.The candidate in this role will provide leadership and advisory support in driving Sales Productivity, GTM Strategy, Sales Planning, Sales Forecasting, Segmentation, and Sales Analytics.Your Impact

Act as key business partner to US Senior VP and Regional Management Team interfacing cross-functionally in the organization

Drive forecasting, deal structuring and participate in a month-end and quarter-end close process

Set up cadences and inspection of quarterly targets and forecasts for the overall Commercial US Sales teams

Optimize forecast accuracy by driving discipline with pipeline hygiene and forecast management

Facilitate tracking of outstanding purchase orders, ensuring order compliance, bookings reports, etc

Manage compliance of the non-standard transactions process - track quarterly metrics on average discounts, non-standard exceptions and recommend action items to improve these metrics

Drive Sales Operations Planning, Quarterly Business Review meetings and Territory Planning with Sales Management Team

Run data analytics and partner with the strategy to assess the total addressable commercial market, product propensity to buy and optimize territory coverage - Use this to develop Commercial bundles for SMB and Mid-Market, in collaboration with marketing, partners and the BDR team

Work closely with functional and sales management on GTM segmentation and coverage strategy implementation

Provide analysis and reporting of compensation plan effectiveness and efficiency, including performance reporting at the individual, manager, and regional levels. Compile, assess and report on performance and earnings distributions

Drive standards in territory planning with Commercial sales and partners

Develop a repeatable motion for account planning, lead generation and pipeline development, whereby sellers prioritize their top whitespace accounts, with sellers handing off other accounts to partners

Manage all aspects of Operations, Tools, Dashboards and Reporting for the Commercial sector

Support process enhancements, modifications and best practices development

Assist in driving field readiness for new sales hires and ongoing sales processes training

Track and manage pipe generation across the direct field, partner and support functions

Set up and manage sales play programs to drive pipe generation and optimize deals across whitespace accounts, underpenetrated accounts and renewing customers

Review and identify areas for improvement leading to operational efficiency, process optimization and field acceleration (sales enablement tools, process, and programs)

Coordinate activities and priorities of enablement functions to improve alignment to sales strategy

Your Experience

Strong organizational skills, self-starter, and can quickly identify and resolve inefficiencies across the business

Deep experience working with Salesforce CRM, data analytics and annual planning tools

A mission-driven, team player approach and a desire to make an impact and difference

Must have hands-on experience in business analysis, data analytics, and statistical modeling

Prior experience as business partner to sales and partner leadership (VP/GM level)

Exceptional communication skills and proven ability to create and manage initiatives across numerous cross-functional stakeholders

Ability to plan and manage at both strategic and operational levels

Well experienced in a Sales Operations/Finance environment

Strong understanding of sales processes and methodologies

Our CommitmentWe’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/commissioned roles) is expected to be between $144,100/yr to $233,000/yr. The offered compensation may also include restricted stock units and a bonus. A description of our employee benefits may be found here .Is role eligible for Immigration Sponsorship?: No. Please note that we will not sponsor applicants for work visas for this position.

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