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Senior Software Engineer, Cloud Infrastructure


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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.

Team Charter:

We aim to empower teams at Planet to effectively deploy and operate their services. We manage the fleet of Kubernetes clusters at Planet, as well as a suite of cross-cutting, shared services such as our API Gateway (through which all customer traffic flows), our shared event/message bus, and GitOPs deployment tooling.

You'll be part of an organization that has fully embraced cloud technologies and Kubernetes. We operate it at scale, in production, running on thousands of nodes, with hundreds of workloads: from RESTFul web services, to machine learning, to batch workloads - in order to bring daily earth imagery and derived metadata into our customers' hands.

Our goal is to empower other engineers within the organization to bring their services to production, offering expertise and guidance throughout the delivery lifecycle: building containers, authoring kubernetes manifests, managing secrets, conducting zero-downtime upgrades, configuring routing, managing costs, and having the observability they need throughout. We operate as a distributed team that practices open and transparent communication with extensive use of modern remote-work practices.

Impact You’ll Own:

  • Managing our fleet of Kubernetes clusters and continuing to orchestrate smooth updates, staying on top of new community developments, and upcoming deprecations.
  • Improving cluster resource utilization and managing costs by informing and assisting service-owners in strategies for maximizing utilization without sacrificing stability.
  • Participating in an on-call rotation with our other team members.
  • Authoring technical design documents and architectural decision records.
  • Authoring runbooks, configuring dashboards, automating alerts, and finding strategies to automate away pain.

Who's A Good Fit:

Here's a collection of some of the skills we value. Don't be discouraged if your strengths lie in particular areas more than others: that's what a team is for!

  • You have expertise operating and troubleshooting Kubernetes clusters at scale.
  • You have expertise with GCP and other cloud providers, including experience with terraform or similar technologies such as cloud formation.
  • Someone with expertise using monitoring tools such as Prometheus.
  • Someone with expertise writing Python and/or Golang.
  • You have familiarity with tools such as jsonnet, kustomize, helm, flux.
  • You've developed, tested, built and deployed, and scaled high-traffic services. 
  • You've embraced and practiced principles around the 12-factor app and four golden signals.
  • You're excited about working with a distributed team and are well versed in various synchronous (Slack), asynchronous (E-mail, Jira tickets), and collaborative (Google Docs) systems.
  • Your instincts lead you to toolsmith your way out of repetitive tasks.
  • You have a high degree of empathy for your colleagues and an ability to remain composed under pressure.
  • You have a deep understanding of the Linux operating system.

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

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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May 15th, 2021

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September 23rd, 2020

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Planet Labs’ API and satellite imagery platform provide access to data with global coverage, high relevance (through a fresh and consistent, deep archive), autonomous operations, and ease of use. This ...
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