Technical Lead, PlanetScope Pipeline 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:  

The Data Pipeline team is seeking a technical lead for the PlanetScope data pipeline. PlanetScope is a daily monitoring constellation that has been collecting an image of every point on the Earth’s landmass every day since 2017. It is still the only constellation capable of daily coverage. The Data Pipeline Team processes millions of images every day from our satellites into imagery data products used in customer and internal workflows. You will design, build and improve components and processes of the data pipeline to deliver world class imagery products to our customers. Join us to have a tangible impact on a category-defining earth observation mission.

Impact You’ll Own:

Lead a tight-knit team to continually improve the data processing pipeline for Planet’s PlanetScope daily coverage satellite constellation

Ensure rigorous customer specifications for image quality, processing speed, and data product quality are met

Collaborate with engineering manager and other senior engineers to set priorities and staffing

Troubleshoot field quality issues

Participate in an on-call rotation in support of Pipeline operations

What You Bring:

10+ years of experience writing software to manipulate geospatial data

Extensive knowledge of GDAL and other open-source GIS tools

Experience writing production code in Python

Knowledge of how to scale code with cloud computing resources, e.g. AWS or GCP

Experience leveraging scientific computing using Python in a Unix/Linux environment

A passion for Programming, Photography, Remote Sensing, Earth Sciences, and Geography

What Makes You Stand Out:

Experience writing production code in C++

Experience with existing and evolving standards for representing geospatial data on the web

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

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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. 

Accommodations:

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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