Senior Backend Engineer at Planet Labs

Germany, Berlin, Remote

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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:

Come in and help us turn Satellite Imagery Data as a Service into reality!

Equipped with near-infrared, and video capabilities, Planet’s SkySat fleet can revisit any point on Earth at 72 cm resolution and sub-daily basis, higher frequency than any other commercial high resolution satellite imagery provider. We build systems and services to manage satellites activities in orbit.

In this role, you will build an order management platform that tracks the progress of the user requests and helps our spacecraft operators to maximize the efficiency of our fleet. The service also assists with image quality assurance as well as delivering the final products to our customers. 

You will be part of the backend team and work closely with co-located front end and quality assurance teams.

Impact You'll Own:

  • As a part of an agile, interdisciplinary team, you will work closely with product owners, designers, QA Engineers and front-end developers to create true user-centered products
  • Your decisions will have a direct impact on software components involved in high resolution satellite imaging operations
  • You will contribute to and continually improve architecture, development processes and system design
  • As a part of an on-call duty rotation, you’ll help maintain a high level of quality and service for our customers

What You Bring:

  • A positive, can-do attitude to work
  • An ability to communicate and challenge the ideas of your peers in a respectful, open manner
  • Ability to drive implementation of complex features involving cross team collaboration
  • Practical experience in making architectural decisions, documenting and communicating them
  • Strong grasp of software engineering fundamentals
  • Experience in development of backend services and distributed systems
  • Excellent development skills in Python
  • Deep understanding of Django, Django Rest Framework, Celery
  • Hands on experience in developing and maintaining CI/CD pipelines
  • Experience with kubectl, Docker and docker-compose
  • Experience with monitoring solutions

What Makes You Stand Out:

  • Experience in
    • Configuring Gitlab runners
    • Managing a kubernetes cluster
    • Deep knowledge of PostGIS
    • Agile software development methods
    • Microservice architectures
  • Knowledge of
    • Google Cloud Platform
    • Geospatial data and algorithm domains
    • Web development standards like MVC, MVT

Benefits While Working at Planet:

  • Additional company winter holidays and regular global days off
    • Remote friendly work environment and flexible working hours
  • Contribution to our growth by offering equity options for employees
  • Giving back to the community - one day per quarter for charitable work
  • Learning and Tuition Reimbursement
  • Regular hack-weeks and meetup events to exchange knowledge
  • Home office budget
  • Employee Resource Groups providing empowering spaces for connection and mentorship

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. 

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. 


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 interview process, please call Planet's front office at 669-214-9404 or contact your recruiter with your request. Your message will be confidential and we will be happy to assist you.

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