Director Government Affairs, Germany at Planet

Posted on:
January 5, 2023

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Job Description

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:  

We’re seeking a Director for Government Affairs in Germany who can directly and fully engage in the German policy, budget, and legislative environments in several venues - with the federal or state governments directly, at conferences or symposia, or at meetings of German institutions, like the National Earth Observation and Copernicus Forum. The right person for Planet knows how to navigate the complex relationships of the German government, both on the federal and land levels; has professional experience working with these institutions and detailed knowledge of their processes; and, knows how Planet’s unique capabilities - our agile approach to space technology and our online delivery of a first-of-its-kind data set - meet the requirements and needs of European governments and civil society.

This position requires close coordination with both internal and external constituencies, and the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with Planet’s customers, potential government funders, NGOs, technical partners and team members around the world, in a highly-dynamic, high-growth commercial company. Planet’s services are novel, and thus we are looking for someone to simultaneously educate stakeholders on the broader context of the commercial aerospace opportunities while also specifically understanding short-term opportunities for Planet.

Impact You’ll Own:

Demonstrate thought leadership in the German policy community

Communicate Planet’s unique value proposition to the German audience in terms of greatest relevance to that audience, with the ability to design and synthesize new kinds of analysis rather than copy existing approaches

Produce visualizations that express Planet’s impact and captivate audiences of all types

Communicate back to Planet’s Policy and European leadership opportunities for growth to align with future Planet European investment

What You Bring:

Excellent written and verbal communication skills both in German and in English

Excellent presentation skills

A record of strong achievement and relevant experience in the private and public sector in Germany. A minimum of 5 years of experience is expected

Excellent project, time, and budget management skills, and being able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously without sacrificing attention to detail

Outstanding communication (speaking and writing), interpersonal, and organizational skills

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 and independently in a high-growth, commercial company

An ability to work closely with organizations in a wide variety of sectors

A deep interest and passion for creating a vibrant 21st century German space/data ecosystem

A deep interest in and passion for Planet and its overall mission

What Makes You Stand Out:

Direct and recent experience in Berlin and Germany with the German public institutions including but not limited to federal and state ministries, Bundeskanzleramt, Bundestag, Umweltbundesamt, BKG, BGR, Thünen Institute, etc

Direct and recent experience with DLR

Direct and recent experience working on space/data policy

Experience in drafting white and position papers

Direct and recent experience in forming alliances and partnerships with the EO industry on mutual objectives

Benefits While Working at Planet:

Additional company winter holidays and regular global days off

Remote friendly work environment and 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 and Tuition Reimbursement

Regular hack-weeks and meetup events to exchange knowledge

Home office budget

Employee Resource Groups providing empowering spaces for connection and 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. 

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. 

EEO statement:

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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