Global Supply Manager, Payload and Special Projects at Planet

Posted on:
February 23, 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:  

Planet is currently seeking a Global Supply Manager to join our team in San Francisco, CA (Remote OK, but some travel required). In this role, you will act as a focal point in communication and relationship building with suppliers and working on supply chain projects or process improvement to meet Planet’s overall goals. We are looking for a detail oriented, motivated, hard-working individual with a strong procurement background in a high-mix-low-volume environment. You will be responsible for the parts procurement for Payload (ie, telescopes, cameras, lenses, and other special projects)  that will be required for multiple programs at Planet for current spacecraft in production, as well as exciting future products scheduled for 2024 and beyond. You will own the commercial relationships with Planet assigned vendors, and will be responsible for cost negotiations, supply continuity, risk management. At Planet, the GSM sits at the intersection of our business activities and engineering communities, and will effectively balance the needs of both groups to ensure successful product launches. You will also work in concert with operations and manufacturing, supplier quality, and supply base engineers as well as Planet’s Design Teams. Together, these teams execute and scale both new and existing manufacturing processes, materials, technologies, finishes and form factors.

Impact You’ll Own:

Responsible for strategic component procurement, responsible for key performance metrics such as OKR fulfillment, cost reductions, and strategic vendor management,  contracts review and negotiation.

Work closely with the supply planners and EPMs, manage the supply to meet demand, expedite delivery with suppliers in the event of shortage, and overall own the vendor relationship from cradle to grave.

What You Bring:

Experience in onboarding and managing suppliers, heavy roadmap review and proposing new technologies and vendors to Engineering.

You will combine a working knowledge of supply chain practices, strong analytical capabilities, and business savvy.

Effective in communication, including one-on-one, small and large groups, and with peers and executives.

Ability to both think strategically and execute tactically, a persistent attention to details, and a high level of comfort in working with numbers.

Experience in dealing with cross-functional collaboration to achieve outstanding customers' service in a fast-paced environment.

Consistent track record in delivering on operational requirements while leading projects and initiatives. Sense of priority and urgency to meet deadlines from different partners.

Experience in Excel/Google sheets, and have the ability to learn technical applications quickly.

Min of 5 years of experience in a production environment, executing and delivering results to leadership.

Excellent teamwork skills and proven aptitude to partner effectively with a wide range of stakeholders (i.e., colleagues, suppliers, and internal/external customers)

The ability to flourish and produce within a fast-paced, sometimes ambiguous environment with changing priorities

Ability to work independently, prioritize and multi-task while maintaining a positive and collaborative attitude

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


The US base salary range for this full-time position at the commencement of employment is $97,600 - $160,500.  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. 

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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