Quality Engineer 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: 

We are looking for an experienced, hands-on Quality Engineer to drive the development and implementation of quality management systems, process design and improvement, and NPI implementation. The successful candidate will be able to implement basic and advanced aspects of quality management systems such as CAR/SCAR processes, performance metrics, documentation release processes, audit processes…etc. You will also have experience in manufacturing processes improvement with the intent to gain efficiency and capacity improvements, cost reductions, improve sustainability, and maximize resource utilization. The person in this position will work closely with product design engineers (ME and EE), manufacturing personnel, test and maintenance, as well as supply chain teams.  

Impact You’ll Own:

Develop and update quality standards

Create Incoming Quality Inspection standard and process across the supply chain

Define vendor quality management criteria and audit process

Monitor and analyze quality performance, create reports and dashboards

Effectively manage reviews, drive for excellence

Coordinate quality system rollout with functional managers

Develop, configure and optimize mfg. processes from inception through to start up and validation

Assess processes, take measurements, interpret data and develop future state value stream map

Conduct gap analysis and create bridge map to achieve desired future state

Conduct and coordinate Lean KAIZEN events including

Develop best practices, routines and innovative solutions to improve production rates and quality of output

Perform day-to-day manufacturing quality support on the production line

Perform risk assessments (FMEA)

Drive the creation of process documentation and operating instructions

What You Bring:

4-year engineering degree required

3+ years of experience in quality engineering, quality assurance or manufacturing engineering operations

Deep experience in transforming data into information to drive change

Strong mechanical aptitude and desire to work in manufacturing

Familiarity with health and safety regulations (OSHA)

Working knowledge of ISO9002 or AS9002 quality systems (ideally familiar with ISO/AS implementation and audit process)

Analytical thinker with interpersonal skills

Strong working knowledge of Lean Six Sigma concepts

What Makes You Stand Out:

ASQ certification

Demonstrated track record of building quality functions

Previous start-up experience in a mfg setting 

Ability to learn new engineering concepts quickly

Demonstrated ability to implement continuous improvement processes

Desire to lead others and coach them to their fullest potential

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: $93,600 - $156,600. 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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