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Planet Labs // commercial satellite network
Germany, 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:  

Planet is looking for a resourceful, process driven & detail oriented People Operations Partner to join our EMEA People team. You will play a key role in the team & have a lasting impact on Planet, ensuring we are set up for success as a freshly public & truly global company. If you love working with passionate people from lots of different backgrounds & to question the status quo, wed love to hear from you! Its truly an exciting time to join & leave your mark.

Impact Youll Own:

  • As our People Operations Partner EMEA reporting to the Director, People Ops in San Francisco, you ensure our local EMEA perspective is factored into the design of our global processes & the other way around, bridging gaps & proactively raising issues & concerns. 
  • You work closely with our EMEA People Partners, but also our Finance team, to optimize, automate & document our existing operations processes. From employment changes & leave management to on/off-boarding & pension schemes administration, you make improvement suggestions, always having your stakeholders & employees experience in mind.
  • You understand the importance of clean data in our HRIS (currently Bamboo) & are meticulous at keeping the information up to date at all times.
  • You are responsible for employees related contracts & documents.
  • You prepare our monthly payroll by providing relevant data & ensuring accurate & timely delivery of payroll. You coordinate with our external payroll consultants in Germany, UK, the Netherlands, Belgium & France, along with social security agencies & health insurance companies.
  • You support our visa & immigration & compliance processes for employees & new hires.
  • You assist in refreshing & streamlining our benefits policy in Germany & more largely across the EMEA area, & in ensuring we provide a similar benefits experience across the board. 
  • Once the basics are covered, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to grow & take on additional projects as we are growing.

What You Bring:

  • You have at least 4-6 years of relevant experience for this role, ideally in different types of work environments. 
  • You are fluent in English & German. Additional European languages are a plus.
  • You have a good understanding of German & general European labor law regulations, & you are used to working with global teams. 
  • You are not afraid to dig into complex local & global employment topics.
  • You are tech savvy & are comfortable working with modern HR systems & technologies. Youre secretly a BambooHR & G-Suite wizard.
  • Youre curious, resourceful, & eager to learn & dig deeper into issues at hand.
  • You have a collaborative work style & you are comfortable working with multiple different stakeholders at the same time.

What Makes You Stand Out:

  • You have experience working in a company with offices in the US & have an understanding of the US labor law environment
  • You have experience in the global benefits landscape
  • You worked in a scaled-up with 500+ employees

Benefits While Working at Planet:

  • Additional company winter holidays & regular global days off
  • Remote friendly work environment & flexible working hours
  • Contribution to our growth by offering equity options for employees
  • Giving back to the community - one day per quarter for charitable work
  • Learning & Tuition Reimbursement
  • Regular hack-weeks & meetup events to exchange knowledge
  • Home office budget
  • Employee Resource Groups providing empowering spaces for connection & mentorship

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.

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