Senior Manager, People Operations 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:  

The Global People Operations Team is responsible for creating a human-centered, globally sensitive, and progressive Benefits & People Ops function, including leadership for direct reports. You will own the design and operationalization of key processes, programs, and tools that enable the People Operations team to work efficiently and focus on achieving global scale.  This role reports to the VP of Total Rewards & People Operations.

Impact You’ll Own:

Key contributor to the People Operations team strategy with direct responsibility to operationalize globally

Lead, inspire and help grow team of People Operations partners and coordinators as they ensure consistent world-class employee experience

Lead operations support and build strong partnerships with foundational teams (People Business Partners, Payroll, Talent Acquisition, Finance, Legal, Corp Eng) to work on all people-related processes

Play leading role in managing the People Operations project roadmap and routinely presenting out on progress as aligned to Team OKRs. Optimize and maintain all People team systems, tools and data. Including handling user roles for key People team systems, maintaining quality data and related compliance processes

Provide oversight on execution against global Benefits programs

Oversee development and ongoing management and improvement  of global, scalable people processes with tools that balance our employees’ experiences with compliance and legal requirements

Own processes compliance, including documentation, related checklists, and ensuring audits are timely and accurate

Review current workflows and processes, identifying gaps/other improvement needs, and develop and execute on improvements

Identify gaps and inefficiencies, and drive innovative solutions to enhance the employee experience across all geographies

Create and lead various training, change management and enablement initiatives geared toward helping stakeholders understand key People processes

What You Bring:

8+ years of leading a global People Operations function, preferably in high-growth tech companies

2+ years managing global teams

5+ years of experience with HR Systems

Experience with project management driving prioritization based on business needs

Experience using data to drive stakeholder engagement and decisions 

Proven ability to meet tight deadlines and deliverables

What Makes You Stand Out:

Experience with Bamboo, Workday, Paylocity, and Greenhouse 

Advanced skill level with Excel/Sheets and Powerpoint/Slides

Experience designing and executing on change management

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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