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Proofpoint Senior Sales Engineer in San Francisco, California

It's fun to work in a company where people truly BELIEVE in what they're doing!

We're committed to bringing passion and customer focus to the business.

Corporate Overview

Proofpoint is a leading cybersecurity company protecting organizations’ greatest assets and biggest risks: vulnerabilities in people. With an integrated suite of cloud-based solutions, Proofpoint helps companies around the world stop targeted threats, safeguard their data, and make their users more resilient against cyber attacks. Leading organizations of all sizes, including more than half of the Fortune 1000, rely on Proofpoint for people-centric security and compliance solutions mitigating their most critical risks across email, the cloud, social media, and the web.

We are singularly devoted to helping our customers protect their greatest assets and biggest security risk: their people. That’s why we’re a leader in next-generation cybersecurity.

Protection Starts with People. Proofpoint

The Role and the Team

The Competitive Intelligence team plays a vital role by ensuring the most relevant insight about our competitors and differentiation is available across the company. This team develops a deep technical and strategic understanding of the competitive landscape to effectively monitor, position, and win deals against the competition. This group also works cross-functionally with product management, engineering, sales, customer success, and marketing to improve our differentiation plan and enhance our position in the market.

The primary goal of the Senior Sales Engineer is to increase the level of engagement between Americas Sales and the Competitive Intelligence Team, as well as to achieve a comparative rise in competitive win percentages. You will team with and provide technical pre-sales support for Americas sales teams, channel resellers, partners and customers in support of Proofpoint competitive sales engagements. Additionally, you will conduct extensive research and utilize knowledge of competitive solutions to effectively position Proofpoint to customers and partners alike. You will be expected to be hands on technical, so relevant security certifications such as CISSP are a bonus!

In this role, you will also collaborate with Marketing, Product Management, Legal, and Sales Operations to create promotional offerings and incentives, including competitor specific pricing strategies. Behind the scenes, you will track, document and share feature and product enhancements as well as develop content to train the Proofpoint sales teams as well as Partner sales staff. Experience using will be very helpful.

Job Requirements

  • Technical Sales or Sales / Systems Engineering from a cybersecurity vendor

  • Experience in the design and deployment of email security and DLP solutions

  • Strong technical presentation and communication skills, both verbal and written.

  • Ability to drive strategic initiatives from C-level executives

  • Ability to travel 25-75%, post Covid

Why Proofpoint

Protecting people is at the heart of our award-winning lineup of cybersecurity solutions, and the people who work here are the key to our success. We’re a customer-focused and a driven-to-win organization with leading-edge products. We are an inclusive, diverse, multinational company that believes in culture fit, but more importantly ‘culture-add’, and we strongly encourage people from all walks of life to apply.

We believe in hiring the best and the brightest to help cultivate our culture of collaboration and appreciation. Apply today and explore your future at Proofpoint! #LifeAtPFPT


If you like wild growth and working with happy, enthusiastic over-achievers, you'll enjoy your career with us!

At Proofpoint, we have a passion for protecting people, data, and brands from today’s advanced threats and compliance risks. We hire the best people in the business to:

  • Build and enhance our proven security platform

  • Blend innovation and speed in a constantly evolving cloud architecture

  • Analyze new threats and offer deep insight through data-driven intel

  • Collaborate with customers to help solve their toughest security challenges

We are singularly devoted to helping our customers protect what matters most. That’s why we’re a leader in next-generation cybersecurity—and why more than half of the Fortune 100 trust us as a security partner.

Proofpoint is an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.