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Partner Engineer



Remote · United States
Posted on Saturday, February 3, 2024

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:

As a member of the team, the Director, Partner Engineering will build highly consultative trusted relationships with our strategic partners to provide business and technical thought leadership, and become a trusted advisor in solving mission-critical business and technical challenges with Planet data. This role combines technical and business skills to collaborate with our partners to ideate, scope, and bring Planet-powered features and products into the partners’ products, platforms, and apps. This will serve to grow the value we are able to provide to their customers and the world. In addition, you will be an internal advocate for our partners' needs, representing their input and feedback to drive feature innovation at the platform and product level. The ideal candidate will be able to understand and communicate deep technical topics, while working with stakeholders in different roles and levels of seniority on complex, highly visible initiatives.

Impact You’ll Own:

  • Drive the technical success of our most strategic partners, guiding them to valuable, high-quality implementations of the Planet platform.
  • Be at the forefront of technical discussions & solution deep-dives with partners on the value Planet can provide to their clients
  • Provide technical consultation to partners, and work closely with them to troubleshoot and overcome technical hurdles.
  • Engage with technical leads at key partners to share technology roadmaps, demonstrate the latest innovations
  • Create and execute a strategy for improving our ability to help partners succeed with our products more easily and at greater scale in the future.
  • Be a subject matter expert on the technical aspects of the platform, and how our partners use it
  • Improve quality and value of Planet products by providing feedback and input to Planet’s product and engineering teams, influencing product roadmaps.
  • Collaborate on technical content (sample code, demos, etc.) to show partners how to implement specific use cases or best practices
  • Provide Partner-focused guidance on Planet’s product through feedback

What You Bring:

  • 10+ years experience working in a technical software, including data products and API platforms
  • Familiarity with cloud-based architectures and/or machine learning.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead customer engagements.
  • Ability to run workshops or training sessions with users.

What Makes You Stand Out:

  • Experience processing imagery, manipulating vector data, creating geospatial web services, building APIs and/or building data processing pipelines.
  • Hands-on experience with geospatial & software development in defense & intelligence, civil government or agriculture
  • Experience programming javascript, especially interactive mapping applications
  • Expertise in Sentinel Hub and/or Planet data
  • Familiarity with statistical modeling and remote sensing spectral analyses
  • Experience programming with Python
  • Expertise with QGIS, Esri software, GDAL or other common geospatial software.

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


The US base salary range for this full-time position at the commencement of employment is $136,000 - $223,600. Additionally, this role might be eligible for discretionary short-term and long-term incentives (commission, bonus and equity). The final salary range is determined by job related experience, skills and location. The range displays our typical hiring range for new hire salaries in US locations only. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for your preferred location during the hiring process.


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. Know Your Rights.


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 hiring process, please reach out to accommodations@planet.com or contact your recruiter with your request. Your message will be confidential and we will be happy to assist you.

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