Staff Quality Engineer at Planet Labs

United States, 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:  

Are you a quality expert passionate about software quality through test automation and customer’s experiences? Then we would like to talk to you! We are growing our Quality Engineering team and are looking for passionate technical leaders with the ability to envision test automation at scale and lead its adoption with other engineers.

We are currently looking for a Staff Quality Engineer within our Quality Engineering team.

In this you are a quality expert bringing architectural thinking and leadership across complex product delivery, influencing the resolution of quality problems. You will focus on architecting trusted test automation patterns with high reliability and importance. 

Together with your team members across Quality, Product, Software Engineering you will identify and help build out quality metrics reporting that validate we are moving in the right direction and our customers are finding value in our products.   

You will guide Planet teams on how to shape and implement a quality strategy, tailored to a variety of product types and delivery styles. As an emerging thought leader, you will frequently share new ideas and points of view on the craft of quality engineering and contribute to Quality initiatives. 

Impact You’ll Own:

  • Being the go-to person and expert in the development of well designed, well written  test automation and the types of tools that support it. Understanding deeply how those systems interact with others.
  • Spend significant time mentoring and upskilling quality and software developers in testing.
  • Collaboration across quality, software development and product teams to perform quality engineering analysis and provide effective improvements toward testability, filling gaps, and providing clarity.
  • Act as one of the first to shed light on irregularities in UI, code, managed processes, or systems which will naturally evolve our growing test automation capabilities.
  • Provide technical direction for cross functional or multi-team efforts and deliver work with infrequent technical oversight.
  • Construct and shepherd the technologies that simplify repeatable QA/QE processes.
  • Collaborates with management on team direction. Acts as a force multiplier across the quality teams.

What You Bring:

  • Experience in automation frameworks and test strategy/plan development for web-based applications; ex: UI, API, and performance testing.
  • Experience with tools such as Postman (API testing), Selenium (UI), PyCharm (IDE), PyLint, GitLab and Jira.
  • Excellent Programming and test experience using Python (Languages like Go and Javascript are a plus).
  • Experience with cloud, containers and related supporting technologies that operate automation at scale.
  • Demonstrated experience in connecting CI/CD platforms with test automation technologies and reporting tools.
  • Ability to communicate organization wide. Has a solid record of written and oral communication. Participates in organization-wide architectural and technical strategy discussions.

What Makes You Stand Out:

  • Experience in leading the development and execution of sophisticated regression, acceptance, integration, performance, load, system-level, and reliability types of testing for all types of systems and platforms
  • A natural curiosity in new technologies, tools, and processes that continue to push efficiency, capability and improvements throughout software delivery

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

“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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Compensation (only applicable for Colorado applicants):

The base pay range targeted for this position in Colorado is: $156,600 - $243,900. This role is eligible for equity.

The actual offer, including the compensation package, is determined based on multiple factors, including experience, location, and other business considerations.

Planet is registered as an employer in many, but not all, states. If you are not able to work from a state where Planet is registered, you will not be eligible for employment.


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