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Welcome to Planet. We believe in using space to help life on Earth.
Planet designs, builds, and 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, and humanitarian sectors. We are both a space company and data company all rolled into one.
Customers and users across the globe use Planet’s data to develop new technologies, drive revenue, power research, and solve our world’s toughest obstacles.
As we control every component of hardware design, manufacturing, data processing, and software engineering, our office is a truly inspiring mix of experts from a variety of domains.
We have a people-centric approach toward culture and community and we strive to iterate in a way that puts our team members first and prepares our company for growth. Join Planet and be a part of our mission to change the way people see the world.
Planet is a global company with employees working remotely world wide and joining us from offices in San Francisco, Washington DC, Germany, and The Netherlands.
About the Role:
Planet is searching for a new Senior Technology Strategist to join their team! This role is in support of the Director of Special Project Development and the broader Strategy and Software Engineering teams to accelerate business strategy and lead the earliest stages of next-generation software technology and product development. In alignment with the company’s business strategy and Software Engineering roadmap, this role is responsible for representing Planet to a select group of partners to proactively shape and capture special projects. This will include non-standard and custom engagements requiring close collaboration with the Finance, Legal, and Corporate Development teams. This role serves as the primary Strategy Team interface to the Software Engineering organization and includes coordination with internal constituencies and the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with key stakeholders, technical partners, and team members around the world.
Impact You’ll Own:
You are the Strategy team member that captures and leads special projects that accelerate Planet’s software engineering technology roadmap and product offering differentiation. You support the early stages of the business development process, from opportunity identification to evaluation and capture
You have sufficient technical expertise to understand Planet’s technology stack, both space systems and software. You are able to assess Planet’s capability and to identify and lead engagement with external partners to advance the collaborative development of new software systems and technology
You work with the broader Commercial and Business Development teams to source and evaluate potential funding opportunities that align with Planet’s business and software engineering technology interests, with a focus on leading the response to relevant commercial and government policies, RFIs, and RFPs
In collaboration with Corporate Development, you support broader, corporate-wide efforts to develop and enhance the company’s vision and business strategy through analysis of market opportunities, industry trends, and competitive landscapes
You perform complex business case and engineering analyses and produce technical and management reports for dissemination to Planet’s Executive and Software Engineering Leadership teams
You communicate Planet’s unique value proposition externally to early customers for market validation and build and maintain long-standing, strategic relationships with individuals in government, aerospace, and remote sensing communities
You lead strategic assessments and nurture long-term project concepts that inform, advance, and fortify the continued differentiation of Planet’s strategic positioning, software engineering solutions, and product portfolios
What You Bring:
8+ years of strong achievement and relevant experience, including 5+ years leading capture management, business development, or interdisciplinary engineering initiatives
M.S. or equivalent degree in software engineering or a related scientific or business discipline, with deep and proven business and technical acumen across multiple subfields
Excellent project, time, and budget management skills and able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously without sacrificing attention to detail
Outstanding communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, to include the frequent delivery of presentations to internal and external executive audiences
An ability to lead special projects and initiatives through successful influencing of cross-functional teams across a wide variety of geographies and sectors
What Makes You Stand Out:
Previous experience performing market and competitive assessments and developing go-to-market plans for new technology development and special projects
A strong understanding of the end-to-end aerospace ecosystem and competitive landscape to include: (i) satellite design and manufacturing, (ii) launch and regulatory activities, (iii) ground and on-board processing of Earth observation data, (iv) algorithm and software architecture design, (v) cybersecurity, and (vi) advanced analytics for information extraction
A mixture of high energy, flexibility, and team orientation with a direct, honest, and respectful approach to problem solving and an ability to work both collaboratively towards consensus and independently in a high-growth, commercial company
An ability to navigate the complex relationships of a fast-growing technology company and to inspire future software engineering and product development that accelerates humanity toward a more sustainable, secure, and prosperous world
Benefits While Working at Planet:
Comprehensive Health Plan
Wellness program and onsite massages in specific offices
Flexible Time Off
Learning and Tuition Reimbursement
Offsites and Happy Hours
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.
Compensation (only applicable for Colorado applicants):
The base pay range targeted for this position in Colorado is: $138,600 - $211,500. This role is eligible for equity.
The actual offer, including the compensation package, is determined based on multiple factors, including experience, location, and 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. #LI-REMOTE #LI-MS1
No salary data published by company so we estimated salary based on similar jobs related to SaaS, Video, Senior, Engineer, Backend, HR, Python, Docker, Mobile, Marketing, Stats, Design, Digital Nomad and Testing jobs that are similar:
$60,000 — $120,000/year
San Francisco, California, United States