Senior Software Engineer

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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 headquartered in San Francisco, California, Earth.

About the Role:  

Planet’s User and Access team is developing systems to better enable, control, and measure access to our global scale imagery. They are responsible for granting access to resources on the platform as well as capturing data to help customers and internal stakeholders better understand usage patterns.

This role will be responsible for the infrastructure and software making out our access, quota metering, authentication and authorization layers controlling access to the Planet platform. Our tech stack is Go, Python, Postgres, BigQuery, Pub/Sub, and Kubernetes running on Google’s Cloud. We believe strongly in engineering resilient software through a solid software engineering process.

The User and Access team is highly distributed and you will thrive in an environment of remote work and asynchronous communication. You’re expected to have strong written communication skills and be able to develop working relationships with coworkers in locations across several North American time zones.

Responsibilities:

  • Build services in Go and Python to provide administration and access control APIs
  • Understand design tradeoffs when designing technical solutions for our user focused stories
  • Write high-quality, maintainable, highly-available, well-documented  production code
  • Evaluate system risks and improve reliability via code, process, documentation, architecture and other improvements
  • Own operation of services by measuring performance, creating alerts, runbooks, and responding to incidents and performance anomalies during on-call rotations

Minimal Qualifications:

  • Experience building services that leverage cloud-based infrastructure and tooling such as AWS or GCP
  • History of working with monitoring tools like SignalFX, New Relic and Graphite (or equivalent)
  • Comfortable with using Docker containers in a production environment
  • Experience with SQL databases (Postgres or MySQL) and NoSQL databases (e.g. Bigtable, Redis, HBase, etc.), and understand when to use each
  • Experience with a large shared codebase and Continuous Integration and Deployment workflows and tooling
  • Solid grasp of database internals. You’ve seen both good and bad indexes on databases and know what questions to ask to distinguish between the two. We expect you’ll have a good idea of how things like indexing, query planning and replication work in your favorite database.
  • Comfortable working in a Linux operational environment. Experience using and troubleshooting networking APIs and other system calls. While this is a software engineering team, we do largely manage our own operations (with the exception of Kubernetes control/worker pools, CI tools and the like), including participating in on-call rotation.
  • Comfortable with distributed systems concepts, reasoning about concurrency and making consistency tradeoffs.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with user management and access control systems
  • Familiarity with OpenID Connect, OAuth 2.0, and other authentication flows
  • Familiarity with geospatial concepts, and how they are applied in popular open source software like GEOS/GDAL.
  • Experience with containerized build and deployment processes and container orchestration systems like Kubernetes.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor or Master degree in Information Systems, Computer Science, Engineering or equivalent job-related experience with 4+ years experience as a Software Engineer working on data platforms (batch/stream processing, high-qps and/or large-scale data store services).
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, written and oral.

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. 

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • AWS (Amazon Web Services)Languages
    • C#Languages
    • C++Languages
    • GolangLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • kubernetesLanguages
    • altiumLanguages
    • satellite tasking tools / STK or SOAPLanguages
    • elasticsearchLanguages
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • TensorFlowFrameworks
    • Google CloudFrameworks
    • HBaseDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • TeradataDatabases

Location

Located in sunny SOMA, just a few blocks from the San Francisco Giants ballpark. Steps from world-class restaurants and public transportation.

An Insider's view of Planet

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Planet challenges and motivates its employees to excel at work while also providing the freedom to do the things we love in our personal lives!

Radhika

FP&A Manager, Go To Market

What projects are you most excited about?

I'm excited about partnering with Chief Sustainability Officers to solve key environmental and social governance initiatives. My passions are preventing deforestation and reducing the impact of climate change through the tracking of carbon emissions. Planet's 24/7 satellite imagery/analytics makes working here less of a job, and more of a mission.

Jarrett

Account Executive

What makes someone successful on your team?

My team builds satellites. Not too many people in the world can say they do that. It is a unique club! To succeed on my team, you need passion, dedication and a sense of humor! Everyone in our lab is dedicated, smart and committed. Sure, schedules can be demanding, but we have fun while we do it. Working at Planet is not just a job, it's a mission!

Dalibor

Director, Manufacturing Engineering

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

It's fascinating to see Planet’s satellite imagery unlock new capabilities for Earth observation. As a Marketing leader in Global Demand Generation I amplify our message and engage with various industries. I develop interesting ways to reach an audience and create awareness about Planet’s mission - use space to help life on Earth.

Tracy

Director of Global Demand Generation

What's something quirky about your company?

Planet is breaking barriers and creating new value proposition within earth observation. Traditional space companies do not operate with the agility and innovation that we do, however, the quirkiest aspect of all would be our people. Everyone you meet has a purpose that aligns with Planet's vision and an interesting story as to how they got here.

Pooja

Customer Success Engineer

What are Planet Perks + Benefits

Planet Benefits Overview

Health and Wellness: health and dental insurance; short and long-term disability; wellness program; HSA account; fitness subsidies; Ginger.io; Physera; Headspace

Vacation and Time Off: unlimited flexible vacation; paid holidays; personal/sick days; maternity leave; paternity leave

Financial and Retirement: 401(k); company equity; relocation assistance

Professional Development: tuition reimbursement; learning and development stipend; promote from within; mentor program; shadowing opportunities; access to online courses; lunch and learns

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Meals On Wheels
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We have a Green Committee, a Wellness Program, Celestial Events Committee, Ethics Committee
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
At Planet we have six C-level executives, and three of those are WOMEN!
Unconscious bias training
We conduct mandatory Interview Training and do an entire section on Unconscious Bias in interviewing and hiring.
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
We have a Belonging Task Force - [email protected] ERG - Latinx ERG - Mental Health ERG - Social Justice Matching Program - Planet Queers - Wonderwomxn Group - Racial Justice [working group]
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
- Fall IMPACT Software Interns: We hired 9 interns from BIPOC & underrepresented communities. - Summer Internship Programs: Emphasis on hiring internationally & students from marginalized communitie
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
100% coverage offered
Vision Benefits
100% coverage offered
Health Insurance Benefits
Several plan options available.
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
.
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes work from home full-time, remote for specific positions, and work remotely on occasion as needed.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Planet encourages employees to pledge 1% of their time giving back to the community, as part of Pledge 1%. Planeteers can donate up to 32 hours (4 days) per calendar year (one day per quarter).
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
-Planet will reimburse up to $5,250 USD/$6,850 CAD/ €4,750EUR towards education expenses, annually.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
-Planet will reimburse up to $5,250 USD/$6,850 CAD/ €4,750EUR towards education expenses. - If you propose a course that is supportive of your current job, we want to see it!
Time allotted for learning

Additional Perks + Benefits

There are so many more perks we offer our employees - this is just some of them!

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