Proposal Specialist at Planet

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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:

The Proposal Specialist will support the Proposal Manager and the broader Sales team to drive forward solicited and unsolicited proposals, deal review committees, win wires, and vendor registration. For this role, you can translate your expertise in these areas into world class and timely proposal responses,  content development, reporting, and sales enablement materials. You will collaborate across our sales, finance, operations, legal, and product teams and work closely with engineering and program management.

The key responsibilities include writing, editing, and formatting solicited and unsolicited proposals; editing, formatting, and organizing win wires; facilitating deal review committee scheduling and communication; and owning the vendor registration process. You will support the Proposal Manager with content development and management, proposal coordination and submission, and sales enablement. In addition, you will work with Sales and Technical SMEs to articulate Planet product features and benefits to customers.

Impact You’ll Own:

  • Work with Sales, Operations and the Product Team to create and drive proposal generation and client facing documentation
  • Work with the Sales and Marketing teams to create and manage world-class content and enablement materials
  • Become a go-to resource for Sales with regards to up-to-date sales content, vendor registration process, deal committee scheduling, and win wire process
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with Sales, Product, Marketing, Legal, Finance, and Engineering teams

What You Bring:

  • 3 - 4 years experience in proposal and/or grants preparation and coordination, product marketing, technical writing, communications or business strategy and development
  • Experience developing customer facing documentation including: white-papers, proposals, and presentations
  • Flexibility and willingness to step outside of traditional roles as needed in a fast-paced startup environment
  • Experience with RFP Response Management Software, e.g. Loopio or RFPIO
  • Advanced knowledge in the use of content development tools including Google Workspace, Microsoft Office, and Adobe products
  • Familiarity with CRM tracking, reports, and dashboards
  • Experience working with cloud storage, imagery or with geographical information systems
  • Experience supporting geographically diverse teams
  • Must have the ability to multitask and meet short timelines/deadlines; at times have the ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends., and holidays to meet proposal deadlines and support global team
  • Experience with government proposals
  • Native German speaker

What Makes You Stand Out:

  • Demonstrated success working directly with customers and users
  • Experience supporting complex government, academic, and/or enterprise level proposals and use cases
  • Graphic design and development experience
  • Project management experience
  • APMP certification
  • Language capabilities - Spanish, French, Russian, and/or Arabic

Benefits While Working at Planet:

Global:

  • Be part of a vibrant international company of 45+ nationalities with office locations in different countries
  • Sense of belonging in a diverse and inclusive culture
  • Experience a fast-paced spacetech environment
  • Countless opportunities to connect within and outside of work with regular team events
  • Personal development with annual L&D budget
  • Join our regular hack-weeks and meetup events to exchange knowledge
  • Employee Resource Groups that provide safe and empowering spaces for connection and mentorship
  • Give back to the community by using one day per quarter for charitable work as part of our 1% Pledge
  • Health programs and flexible working hours to support work life balance
  • Be part of our growth: we offer RSUs for our employees
  • Daily virtual mindful bodywork sessions to stay healthy
  • We offer equipment and wellbeing support during these challenging times

Berlin:

  • Enjoy a spacious central office located in U/S-bahn Zoologischer Garten
  • Employees’ well-being is our top priority: on site massages, snacks, fruits, drinks and company lunches
  • Additional contributions to Company Pension schemes
  • Enjoy unique offers and discounts for companies/web shops
  • Additional Company Holidays

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
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • 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
    • Google DriveManagement
    • Google DocsManagement
    • Google SlidesManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • DocuSignCRM
    • SalesforceCRM

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

We are currently going through an exciting IPO, and your offer will include a very generous equity package! You can read more about it here: https://www.planet.com/investors/

We offer completely flexible work from home, remote, hybrid or in office work choices. *Not applicable for some roles.

We also offer unlimited flexible time off where you will be HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to use this time. No guilt trips here :)

On site massage therapy + nap rooms. Dogs friendly office!

Premier health and wellness benefits with several options to choose from, including selections with no premium costs, health and dental insurance; short and long-term disability; wellness program with BlueShield; HSA account; fitness subsidies; Classpass; Calm subscription

Several paid holidays, personal/sick days, maternity leave, & paternity leave

Retirement: 401(k); relocation assistance; commuter benefits

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

Employees working in or visiting the SF headquarters can enjoy free drinks, snacks, and a healthy catered lunch
several times per week.

Pancake breakfasts before EVERY launch. Read about it here: https://www.planet.com/pulse/the-story-behind-planets-legendary-launch-…

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, Sustainability Committee, and HBCU Outreach Committee.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
At Planet we have 4 women C-level executives, and 2 women on our board of directors! In our Space Systems group alone, we have 6 women leading teams. 5 are women of color!
Unconscious bias training
We conduct mandatory Interview Training and do an entire section on Unconscious Bias in interviewing and hiring.
Diversity manifesto
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] Asiana
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
- 2 or more of the final stage candidates come from underrepresented groups. - Summer Internship Programs: Emphasis on hiring internationally & students from marginalized communities.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Short Term & Long Term
Dental Benefits
100% coverage offered
Vision Benefits
100% coverage offered
Health Insurance Benefits
Planet offers PPO, HMO, and HDHP plans that cover medical benefits with as little as $0 out-of-pocket premium costs, depending on selected plan and coverage level.
Wellness Programs
In-office chair massages Virtual relaxation & meditation Wellvolution program via Blue Shield Classpass & Calm via Kaiser
Team workouts
Berlin running team + Several unofficial groups that get together for working out at numerous locations.
Mental Health Benefits
There are no annual limits or maximum allowances for mental health and wellness visits on any Planet medical plan.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
We are currently going through an IPO and offer very generous equity packages in their value amounts.
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We offer very generous maternity and paternity leave.
Flexible Work Schedule
.
Remote Work Program
We have a flexible work emvironment.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
17 paid company holidays + Unlimited flexible time off. Also, we've currently enstated the first Fridays of every month is off - BRAND NEW AS OF 2021!
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
Parking
Parking garage located across the street for a daily charge.
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Educational / tuition assistance Professional development assistance
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. - $250 USD value for learning and development on an annual basis (ex: Conference, Udemy Course, etc.)
Time allotted for learning

Additional Perks + Benefits

Right now our hottest benefits seem to be our current IPO status and the equity offered, flexible work environments adaptable to the changing workplace, and unlimited time off with a very strong work culture. Our people are what make it a special place to be!

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