Product Counsel 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 headquartered in San Francisco, California, Earth.

About the Role:

Planet has an exciting opportunity for the right Product attorney! We seeking our FIRST Product Counsel to join our expanding Legal Team and to help guide our innovative Product team on new and existing product initiatives. The position is based in San Francisco, CA, and will report to and work under the general direction of the Deputy General Counsel, located in San Francisco, CA. Remote candidates will be considered for this role as well!

The Product Counsel will be responsible for a wide variety of legal tasks as set forth below. The ideal candidate will exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical principles as well as exceptional communication skills. Other valued attributes include a capacity to get things done independently, an inquisitive mind, and an interest in Planet and its mission.


  • Partner with Product teams to understand product, engineering, design, and operational implications of existing and new products and initiatives.
  • Conduct legal product reviews and advise multiple stakeholders across product, engineering, marketing, and business development throughout the product development lifecycle.
  • Regularly meet with internal teams to understand strategies, roadmaps, and initiatives, and advise on new features, activities, markets, etc., to ensure alignment.
  • Provide legal guidance on the design and modification of products, proactively identify associated risks and recommend mitigation strategies, review product user experiences to ensure legal compliance and proper disclosures and help document guidance for consumption by members of both the legal and product teams.
  • Draft clear and concise public facing disclosures, disclaimers, terms of use, and other public facing documents for our users.
  • Understand and stay up to date on U.S. and international laws and regulations related to Planet’s products and services.
  • Collaborate with business development and investor relations teams on potential acquisitions as it relates to products, including evaluating and assessing target offerings.
  • Provide strategic business and legal advice to develop a comprehensive, long-term approach to our relationships with key clients, partners, and vendors.


  • Qualified attorney licensed to practice law in at least one US state.
  • 8+ years of experience - in-house experience required; product counsel experience required; some law firm experience preferred.
  • Experience with technology licensing, SaaS/Data as a Service, developer tools, integrations, or related products or features preferred, along with some of the legal issues – such as privacy and data protection, content regulation, intellectual property, marketing, and consumer protection – and a willingness to learn about the rest along with entirely new areas of law.
  • Experience addressing the legal needs of the technology sector, particularly with SaaS contracts.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, attention to detail, problem solving skills, and decision-making skills.
  • Past experience working with government or public agencies in a commercial setting is a plus.


  • Demonstrated capability to understand complex issues and to provide timely and practical advice, which addresses both the legal concerns and the overall business benefits and risks.
  • Ability to maintain a graceful and helpful customer service attitude, particularly in high-pressure and time-crunched circumstances, where last-minute circumstances may shift project priorities.
  • Established efficiency by use of meticulous organizational skills, including the ability to manage a variety of projects and ongoing negotiations at once.
  • Capable independent worker, quick learner, and self-starter, who is driven and creative, yet who is a team player who brings a positive and supportive mentality to Planet.
  • Good sense of humor, outgoing, drama-free, inquisitive, and desire to get things done.

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]( planets-year-in-review/)

“Planet: Bringing Space Back Down to Earth”

[Tiny, privately owned satellites are changing how we view the Earth]( changing-how-we-view-earth-n1042386) features in NBC News

[“Planet And Rocket Lab Create Mission Patch To Honor Women In Aerospace”]( 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]( 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
    Product Counsel
  • Company
  • Location
    San Francisco, CA
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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