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Senior Director of Advanced Concepts
Confirmed live in the last 24 hours
San Francisco, CA, USA • Remote
Experience Level
  • 10+ years of experience designing, building, testing airborne or space-based systems
  • 5+ years of experience managing an engineering and/or R&D team, including hiring, mentoring and supervising managers/team leads
  • A passion for creating innovative pareto-optimal products from conception through development to validation and sustaining
  • Ability to understand and communicate technology (and its business implications) to various audiences from engineers to non-technical executives
  • A proven track record of aligning new technology with core business problems, and then maturing these from concept through full production
  • Experience successfully designing and managing IRAD programs
  • Practical experience in remote sensing, geospatial image processing, computer vision, software engineering, and/or data science
  • Demonstrable capacity to quickly learn and analyze complex systems
  • Ability to communicate and interact with internal leaders to achieve business objectives and drive technology roadmaps
  • Ability to win the confidence and respect of peers, to build and maintain organizational bridges, and to work effectively through influence
  • Hands-on can-do attitude, great interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate effectively across many technical teams
  • BS/MS in optics/instrumentation, physics, EE or relevant scientific/engineering field
  • Managing the roadmap process, which is a partnership with engineering leaders across space systems particularly with the Payload VP, Avionics VP, and Chief Engineer
  • Attracting, retaining, growing, and fully leveraging creative engineers and scientists
  • Performing “quicklook” concept studies, feasibility assessments, and technological due diligence on new missions or technologies
  • Collaborating with the CorpDev and Tech Partnerships teams on partnerships that accelerate Planet's business strategy and Space Systems technology roadmap
  • Representing Planet and the Payload team in internal company forums and design reviews, and externally when needed (conferences, customer interactions)
  • Working with the Space Systems SVP on strategic topics such as assessing acquisitions, RFPs, partnerships, etc
  • Being an engaged member of the space systems leadership team, for example providing inputs on strategy, priorities, culture, HR issues, etc
Desired Qualifications
  • Ability to communicate and interact with customers, partners, academia
  • Experience applying technologies and capabilities in ways not previously anticipated
  • Experience assessing, selecting, contracting, and managing vendors and partners
  • Experience implementing computer vision and/or multi-int fusion solutions in cloud environments
  • Experience with taking products into mass production
Satellite imaging for Earth
Company Overview
Planet is an aerospace and data analytics company that builds small satellites and delivers information about the changing planet.