Senior Security Operations Engineer

San Francisco, CA

Full Time Senior-level / Expert
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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:  

As a security engineer the right candidate will play a role in designing security elements of Planet’s spacecraft and associated ground based systems, work with the development teams during design and implementation of the system, as well as working with satellite operations teams to ensure the systems are operating securely. Person will help manage select critical security systems managed by the Corporate Engineering team. Person may also help with other corporate security related work as needs (or interest) arise.

This is a hybrid role needing a range of technical and interpersonal skills.

The candidate will need a strong technical software background ideally with some exposure to  embedded systems. This position requires working with different stakeholders throughout the product development lifecycle, developing system level requirements, participating in security architecture and design, driving security architecture reviews, occasional code reviews, and working with developers in addressing security vulnerabilities. The candidate will have knowledge of cryptographic concepts, and be comfortable researching specific topics as needed for the task at hand. The candidate will develop utilities and tools as needed. Familiarity with networking and Cloud computing systems like GCP or AWS is preferred.

 What You Bring:

  • Candidates must have a solid computer science, software engineering, or equivalent technical background
  • Software development experience ideally some of it being with embedded systems
  • Knowledge of security concepts including cryptography
  • Experience developing security requirements at a cross-system level 
  • Experience leading or participating in projects
  • Drive processes and systems to support the success of Planet's products

What Makes You Stand Out:

  • Bachelor or a Master of Science degree in an Engineering discipline with a focus in Information Security.
  • At least 4-5 years of professional experience in a security focused role
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills

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. 

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