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Planet Labs // commercial satellite network
Sales, Internship    United Kingdom, Remote    Posted: Monday, March 07, 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:  

Based in Germany or the UK, the Middle East Sales Lead will be responsible for growing Planet Government sales pipeline & book of business in Security related Government institutions (including Defense) in the Middle East region. The ideal candidate for this position is a driven, independent thinker, who can also be creative in finding new & dynamic ways to expand Planets government business. This person will have a proven track record of selling to Security, Intelligence & Defence Government customers in this region, with an extensive network & able to navigate procurement processes & frameworks. They will identify, qualify, negotiate, & close large & medium-size deals & drive sales revenue targets. Most likely, the ideal candidate will have a technical understanding of geo-spatial imagery products, or a similar technical field & understanding of government customers that we sell to.

This role involves developing an extensive pipeline of new sales leads, providing product & sales demonstrations to prospective customers, & formulating appropriate business. To support this, the candidate should have the ability to forecast accurately when managing the incoming pipeline of opportunities. The need to source, sell, co-sell, & close deals means that the ideal candidate should be familiar with the concepts of carrying quota & closing. Above all else, we want our potential candidate to enjoy our unique value proposition & join us in Planets mission to see change & change the world.

Impact Youll Own:

  • Work aggressively to develop the sales pipeline needed to achieve or exceed your sales targets & goals.
  • Work in close collaboration with the International Security Sales team & Leadership.
  • Work with Planets marketing team to run campaigns to attract & identify new opportunities.
  • Work with a Sales Development Representative (SDR) who will generate contacts & leads to hand off to you for pursuit.
  • Prospect & develop business relationships, close sales, & manage customer expectations as the company grows.
  • Collaborate with the Sales team in fostering customer relationships.
  • Engage qualified prospects & take them through the journey of identifying a fit for Planet solutions & negotiating through agreement/contract/procurement obstacles to achieve an ultimate win.
  • Manage the contracting & Government procurement process.
  • Work closely with pre-sales staff to ensure a cohesive effort is put forth when demonstrating Planet products & services & achieving a technical win.
  • Work closely with our post sales organization & customer success team to ensure a successful onboarding for new customers.
  • Work aggressively to develop the adequate sales pipeline needed to achieve or exceed your sales targets & goals.
  • Maintain a strong level of pipeline hygiene using
  • Collaborate & innovate as needed to create customer-facing presentations & proposals unique to the prospect & situation.

What You Bring:

  • Bachelors Degree or commensurate professional experience
  • Demonstrated success finding & winning business with Security, Intelligence & Defence customers in the region, in particular within Qatar, UAE, Oman, KSA, Bahrain.
  • Deep understanding of the value of commercial imagery in support of the Planets mission
  • Excellent relationships across Government & the partner ecosystem in the region
  • 5+ years of related experience in geospatial software, imagery or technical sales required along with a demonstrated track record of success
  • 5+ years experience selling to government customers including understanding the nuances of Government sales cycles & how to navigate through the process
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Self-starter, able to work independently under tight deadlines in start-up environment
  • Strong judgment & decision-making skills
  • Negotiation & persuasion skills
  • Critical thinking & creative problem-solving skills
  • Experience with or a similar CRM System

Benefits While Working at Planet:

  • Be part of a vibrant international company of 45+ nations with office locations in different countries
  • Sense of belonging in a diverse & inclusive culture
  • Experience a fast-paced spacetech environment
  • Countless opportunities to connect within & outside of work with regular team events  
  • Personal development with annual L&D budget
  • Join our regular hack-weeks & meetup events to exchange knowledge
  • Employee Resource Groups that provide safe & empowering spaces for connection & mentorship
  • Give back to the community by using one day per quarter for charitable work as part of our 1% Pledge
  • Health programs & flexible working hours to support work life balance
  • Be part of our growth: we offer equity options for our employees
  • Daily virtual mindful bodywork sessions to stay healthy
  • We offer equipment & wellbeing support during these challenging times 
  • Additional contributions to Company Pension schemes
  • Enjoy unique offers & discounts for companies/web shops 
  • Additional Company Holidays

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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