Employment Counsel at Planet

Posted on:
January 5, 2023

🔭 Our mission & vision

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:  

Planet is currently initiating a search for a full-time Employment Counsel. This role will be part of Planet’s in-house legal team and will have a varied and rewarding practice advising the People team and other business leaders, supporting business initiatives, partnering with the Ethics Committee, and ensuring compliance with employment laws and regulations throughout the organization, including Planet’s subsidiaries..

This position reports to Planet’s Deputy General Counsel, and will be responsible for advising the business generally, including on offer process, templates, Code of Conduct; assessing operational risk related to employment-related legal matters; legal drafting, review and interpretation of company policies and programs related to employees; navigating emergent employment law developments; and representing Planet in employment-related matters. This position requires strong collaboration and communication skills, as well as the ability to influence and develop productive partnerships to mitigate legal risk and ensure Planet’s compliance with an ever-changing landscape of employment laws and regulations.

Impact You’ll Own:

Providing sound, actionable, legal advice to People team and Planet business leaders on all aspects of employment law, both domestically and internationally

Developing, reviewing, and interpreting written People policies, guidance documents and communications

Advising on the merits of employment claims filed against or on behalf of Planet; working with the appropriate business leaders to define strategic defenses and recommend settlements of disputes where warranted

Remaining current on changes in employment law, policy and practice that may impact business operations, and partnering with business leaders to prepare for and implement necessary changes

Developing and delivering legal training for members of the People team and other business partners on issues related to employment law and compliance with corporate policy

Supporting and advising on internal investigations

Working closely with the legal team and other leaders on policy initiatives and special compliance projects

Advise on and help implement best practices related to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Advising on how corporate changes, including mergers and acquisitions, may affect Planet’s business operations and individual employees

Evaluating the status of independent contractors

Escalating issues appropriately to the Deputy General Counsel

Exercise responsible and ethical decision-making regarding company funds, resources and conduct and adhere to Planet's Code of Conduct and related policies and procedures

Performs additional duties, as applicable

What You Bring:

JD degree from an accredited law school

Qualified attorney and Member of the California Bar (in good standing) or eligible to register as a California Registered In-House Counsel

7-10 years of employment law experience with a law firm or corporate legal department

Well-developed problem-solving skills and the ability to exercise responsible and ethical decision making

Ability to analyze legal research, investigation results, relevant data, and/or fact patterns to arrive at effective, economical solutions

Experience handling labor and employment matters before federal and state courts and administrative agencies

Excellent interpersonal communication skills with the ability to effectively, persuasively, and tactfully interact with employees, People, business partners and other members of the legal department

Accuracy and attention to detail is a must

Experienced professional with great relationship skills, team player, self-starter, independent thinker, and ability to anticipate the next steps and future issues

Ability to multi-task in a diverse and fast-paced environment, be flexible, and prioritize responsibilities

Strong ability to quickly grasp the business objectives and strategies of a complex multinational organization and support the achievement of those objectives

Strong written and verbal communication, and presentation skills

Advanced proficiency with Microsoft office, software, technology, spreadsheets, and tools

Proven track record of upholding workplace safety and ability to abide by PLANET's health, safety and drug/alcohol and harassment policies

Familiarity/expertise with Federal compliance & reporting obligations

Occasional travel may be required depending on assignments and business requirements

What Makes You Stand Out:

Provide assistance with due diligence activities related to mergers, acquisitions, and disposition of businesses, as well as on the integration of acquired employees

Conduct audits, classification reviews, and support other internal control and compliance effort

Provide legal support and strategic advice on executive compensation programs, employee health and welfare plans, qualified and non-qualified plans, and ERISA-related matters

Provide legal support for reviewing bonus and incentive plan documents, amendments, and summary plan descriptions

Benefits While Working at Planet:

Comprehensive Health Plan

Wellness program and onsite massages in specific offices

Flexible Time Off

Recognition Programs

Commuter Benefits

Learning and Tuition Reimbursement

Parental Leave

Offsites and Happy Hours

Volunteering Benefits

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.

Privacy Policy: By clicking "Apply Now" at the top of this job posting, I acknowledge that I have read the Planet Data Privacy Notice for California Staff Members and Applicants, and hereby consent to the collection, processing, use, and storage of my personal information as described therein.

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.



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