Director, Flight Software at Planet
🔭 Our mission & vision
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:
The Flight Software Team is responsible for creating and maintaining the control software for our fleet of Dove, Superdove and Skysat satellites.. As Director of the Flight Software team you will be responsible for managing Planet’s world-class Flight Software team while developing and delivering to the Satellite System technical roadmap. Besides developing and maintaining the Flight Software for our existing Skysat and Superdove systems as well as for our future satellite systems, the Flight Software team also contributes to the design and implementation of our satellite management ecosystem. This includes software that runs on ground stations, and satellite manufacturing equipment. The Director of Flight Software works with the program management team to build out delivery plans for all of the FSW deliverables.and ensure that all of the internal milestones are met.
Impact You’ll Own:
Lead Planet’s world class Flight Software Team
Develop strategic plan and technical roadmap for Planet’s next generation satellite system
Work with other disciplines at Planet to complete complex milestones
Use Sprint planning tools to keep objectives on track and ensure visibility into FSW work
Participate in long-term planning with the project management team
Drive Planet success by ensuring the delivery and optimal performance of Planet’s on-orbit assets
What You Bring:
History of managing complex programs through to success
Excellent personal skills, capable of building cohesive teams and inter-team relationships
Comprehensive understanding of developing software for custom hardware
Good technical background to enable complex conversations around planning
Working knowledge of JIRA and running software teams in sprints
Working knowledge of project goal setting (complex projects)
What Makes You Stand Out:
Experience with managing previous aerospace projects or cubesats
Experience in the mobile, networking, medical, robotics, IoT, or similar embedded device industries
Experience with some of our key technical areas, such as cameras or other image sensors, high-speed radio communication, high data rate storage systems
Experience with system design and system trades
Past experience as an individual contributor writing embedded software and reviewing schematics
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
The US base salary range for this full-time position at the commencement of employment is $149,600 - $246,000. Additionally, this role might be eligible for discretionary short-term and long-term incentives (bonus and equity). The final salary range is determined by job related experience, skills and location. The range displays our typical hiring range for new hire salaries in US locations only. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for your preferred location during the hiring process.
Why we care so much about Belonging.
We’re dedicated to helping the whole Planet, and to do that we must strive to represent all of it within each of our offices and on all of our teams. That’s why Planet is guided by an ultimate north star of Belonging, dreaming big as we approach our ongoing work with diversity, equity and inclusion. If this job intrigues you, but you’re 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 don’t just fill positions, we aspire to fulfill people’s 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 you’re excited to come along for the ride.
Planet is committed to building a community where everyone belongs and we invite people from all backgrounds to apply. Planet is an equal opportunity employer, and 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 and breastfeeding, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.
Planet is an inclusive community and 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 and we will be happy to assist you.
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