Head of Business Applications at Planet | Powderkeg

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 a global company with employees working remotely world wide and joining us from offices in San Francisco, Washington DC, Germany, and The Netherlands.

About the Role:

Your mission is to provide effective technology leadership across Planet in the selection, implementation, and management of mission critical business systems, including: requirements gathering and definition, configuration, implementation, release management, data integrity, auditing, and maintenance. This role is intimately involved in all design, policy, and procedure development, and system training initiatives. This position will be the in- house technical expert for all enterprise applications.

The successful candidate will lead several teams that manage a variety of applications such as NetSuite and Salesforce and work alongside primary stakeholders in Finance, Marketing and Sales.

Impact You’ll Own:

  • Deliver strategic global leadership across the business functions.
  • Ensure a robust business application roadmap is laid out to meet the business functions and requirements alongside the cross functional leadership teams.
  • Partner with a variety of stakeholders including Finance, Marketing, Sales, and HR.
  • Design architecturally sound solutions that keep technology debt low while adding flexibility and scalability.
  • Recruit, build, motivate, inspire, and mentor a world class global applications team of business and system analysts, developers, and reporting specialists.
  • Foster a strong customer centric culture.
  • Manage key application and consulting vendor relationships focusing on increasing value while managing costs.

What You Bring:

  • Superior written and verbal communication skills, with a specific focus on explaining technology topics clearly and to a variety of audiences with varying technical sophistication.
  • Ensure Planet’s production environment is stable and changes to the production environment are handled according to outlined processes and practices.
  • A strong working knowledge of various SDLC and CI/CD practices, concepts, and techniques including version control, user acceptance testing, and QA techniques.
  • Responsible for the effective change management, communication and coordination of application releases, updates & upgrades.
  • Experience driving cost reduction, automation, and mentoring staff.
  • Experience with both on premise and cloud-based application implementations, and a proven ability to effectively integrate on premise and cloud-based applications.
  • Ability to lead a diverse and geographically dispersed team in a constantly evolving environment.
  • Ability to work with multiple project teams simultaneously and thrive in a fast-paced, multifaceted environment.
  • Accountable for the management of the business application annual budget.
  • Experience in implementing public company system reporting and compliance guidelines, governance, and audit procedures, including SOX.
  • Deep knowledge of industry-standard SAAS applications: Marketo, Salesforce.com, Netsuite, Salesforce CPQ, HRIS, Big Query, Coupa, Mulesoft.

What Makes You Stand Out:

  • Advanced experience with identity management systems and identity federation protocols such as SAML2 and OIDC.
  • Strong development experience with Python or similar languages applied in systems automation
  • Public speaking, published work, and thought leadership in the information technology industry

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](https://www.planet.com/pulse/2019-dispatch- planets-year-in-review/)

“Planet: Bringing Space Back Down to Earth”

[Tiny, privately owned satellites are changing how we view the Earth](https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/tiny-privately-owned-satellites-are- changing-how-we-view-earth-n1042386) features in NBC News

[“Planet And Rocket Lab Create Mission Patch To Honor Women In Aerospace”](https://www.planet.com/pulse/planet-rocket-lab-mission-patch- 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](https://www.planet.com/pulse/making- space-for-everyone-how-planet-is-building-a-global-workforce/) 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.

Accommodations :

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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Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Head of Business Applications
  • Company
  • Location
    San Francisco, CA
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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