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Planet Labs // commercial satellite network
United States, Remote    Posted: Monday, May 16, 2022
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Welcome to Planet. We believe in using space to help life on Earth.

Planet designs, builds, & operates the largest constellation of imaging satellites in history. This constellation delivers an unprecedented dataset of empirical information via a revolutionary cloud-based platform to authoritative figures in commercial, environmental, & humanitarian sectors. We are both a space company & data company all rolled into one.

Customers & users across the globe use Planet's data to develop new technologies, drive revenue, power research, & solve our worlds toughest obstacles.

As we control every component of hardware design, manufacturing, data processing, & software engineering, our office is a truly inspiring mix of experts from a variety of domains.

We have a people-centric approach toward culture & community & we strive to iterate in a way that puts our team members first & prepares our company for growth. Join Planet & be a part of our mission to change the way people see the world.

Planet is headquartered in San Francisco, California, Earth.

About the Role:  

  • Use your experience to confidently deliver innovative solutions for Planets highest profile customers. Help customer stakeholders, from C-level executives to software architects, be wildly successful with their implementations of the Planet Platform.  
  • Apply your expertise in remote sensing & geospatial technologies to help Planets Professional Services customers be successful in their adoption of the Planet Platform. 
  • Architect solutions for Planets highest profile customers: align Professional Services projects to customer business & technology requirements & ensure that Professional Services teams are delivering exceptional customer value.  
  • Own the technical architectural oversight for multiple major projects with high visibility across Planet. Take on the work of project management & process oversight as needed.  Lead the technical delivery of projects on time & under budget.
  • Champion process (scrum, test driven development, source control etc).  
  • Write technical specifications & identify architectural risks before starting major projects.  Go out of your way to reduce architectural complexity.  Identify problems with project requirements & help the team course-correct around issues.
  • Clearly communicate project timelines, scope & risks to the team.
  • Assists in scoping new projects & in technical writing for proposals & project reports.
  • Perform the high level architectural design & implementation of Professional Services software solutions on the Planet Platform.  Build software tools, applications & customer demonstrations using Planets APIs & analytics endpoints. 
  • Own the customer success lifecycle for Professional Services engagements, from scoping & discovery, to project execution & delivery.  On any day, you may find yourself writing requirements documents, applying your expertise in data analytics, collaborating with software engineers, leading a training event, or delivering solutions to a client.
  • Champion Planets products & offerings in-person & via online assistance by providing training, presenting at conferences, writing technical tutorials, & publishing articles & videos.
  • Collaborate with Sales to help close business opportunities, growing Planets customer base & usage of Planet data across vertical markets.
  • Influence the direction of Planets products & offerings by gathering insights from customer engagements & the user community.
  • Interact & engage with users in Planets Education & Research program to source novel customer applications & unique insights.
  • Focus on new applications & use cases coupled with data, offerings & needs by collaborating with both internal & external actors.

Impact Youll Own:

  • As a Solutions Architect, you pride yourself on your technical aptitude, & problem-solving & analytical skills
  • As a Solutions Architect, you are comfortable asserting your technical expertise with customers (C-level executives to software engineers) to drive innovation & successful solutions
  • You have excellent communication skills & convey complex ideas to others in a concise & clear manner
  • You actively steer customer technical representatives to making the right technical decisions 
  • You have the ability to quickly learn unfamiliar systems & code bases
  • You can handle the most stressful situations calmly
  • You often suggest ideas for new applications & processes that can improve operations
  • You're self-motivated
  • Your ability to debug & triage complex problems is outstanding
  • You work well independently or as part of a team

What You Bring:

  • 5+ years experience working in a technical geospatial or remote sensing role.
  • Extensive experience programming with Python to process imagery, manipulating vector data, interacting with APIs & building data processing pipelines.
  • Expertise with QGIS, Esri software, GDAL or other common geospatial software.
  • Familiarity with cloud-based architectures or machine learning.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead customer engagements.
  • Ability to run workshops or training sessions with users.
  • Degree in GIS, Computer Science, Remote Sensing, Geography or a related field. An advanced degree is preferred.

What Makes You Stand Out:

  • Background in agronomy, or hands-on experience working in agtech or agriculture
  • Expertise in Google Earth Engine
  • Familiarity with statistical modeling & remote sensing spectral analyses

Benefits While Working at Planet:

  • Comprehensive Health Plan
  • Wellness program & onsite massages in specific offices
  • Flexible Time Off
  • Recognition Programs
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Learning & Tuition Reimbursement
  • Parental Leave
  • Offsites & Happy Hours
  • Volunteering Benefits

Some Press About Us: 

Our CEO, Will Marshall featured on TED and featured in a Planet Blog

Planet: Bringing Space Back Down to Earth

Tiny, privately owned satellites are changing how we view the Earth features in NBC News

Planet And Rocket Lab Create Mission Patch To Honor Women In Aerospace Planet Blog

Why we care so much about Belonging. 

Were dedicated to helping the whole Planet, & to do that we must strive to represent all of it within each of our offices & on all of our teams. Thats why Planet is guided by an ultimate  north star of Belonging, dreaming big as we approach our ongoing work with diversity, equity & inclusion.  If this job intrigues you, but youre thinking you might not have all the qualifications, please... do apply!  At Planet, we are looking for well-rounded people from around the world who can contribute to more ways than just what is listed in this job description.  We dont just fill positions, we aspire to fulfill peoples careers, most excited about folks who are motivated by our underlying humanitarian efforts.  We are a few orbits around the sun before we get to where we want to be, so we hope youre excited to come along for the ride. 

EEO statement:

Planet is committed to building a community where everyone belongs & we invite people from all backgrounds to apply. Planet is an equal opportunity employer, & committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth & breastfeeding, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, & local laws. 


Planet is an inclusive community & we know that everyone has their own needs. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation during the interview process, please call Planet's front office at 669-214-9404 or contact your recruiter with your request. Your message will be confidential & we will be happy to assist you.

Privacy Policy: By clicking "Apply Now" at the top of this job posting, I acknowledge that I have read the Planet Data Privacy Notice for California Staff Members & Applicants, & hereby consent to the collection, processing, use, & storage of my personal information as described therein.

Compensation (only applicable for Colorado applicants):

The base pay range targeted for this position in Colorado is: $81,000 - $159,000. This role is eligible for bonus, commission & equity.

The actual offer, including the compensation package, is determined based on multiple factors, including experience, location, & other business considerations.

Planet is registered as an employer in many, but not all, states. If you are not able to work from a state where Planet is registered, you will not be eligible for employment.

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