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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 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:  

We’re looking for a detail-oriented, curious, collaborative and analytical leader to help us achieve our operational and financial goals while embodying our company values. You will work under the general direction of the Corporate Controller, and manage the Corporate GL and Payroll team. The Director of Accounting is a proven professional who is responsible for the core operational aspects of accounting. This includes developing talent, balancing capabilities and working effectively cross-functionally in a rapidly changing and growing environment. We are looking for a leader who will implement financial processes and systems automation to scalably support Planet’s global growth. The Director of Accounting will be responsible for month-end, quarterly and annual close processes, procure to pay, payroll and SOX compliance.

Impact You’ll Own:

  • Oversee all accounting functions for the Americas including: general ledger accounting, consolidations and payroll.
  • Champion process improvement efforts to drive efficiency and effectiveness over corporate accounting and general ledger activities driving an efficient and accurate monthly close process and quarterly financial reporting – including identifying opportunities to accelerate close calendars, improve automation and streamline processes.
  • Assist the technical accounting and reporting team by providing necessary schedules for the quarterly and annual SEC filings.
  • Lead, develop and improve the global close processes (monthly/ quarterly/ annually) and systems for a fast-paced, rapidly growing data-as-a-service and analytics company.
  • Establish and maintain accounting policies, leading practices and procedures to ensure US GAAP compliance and ensure controllership policies are aligned globally.
  • Participate in  accounting integration & valuation for mergers & acquisitions.
  • Work with the Internal Audit team to improve internal controls to ensure SOX compliance with all processes within the controllership organization.
  • Work closely with the financial planning & analysis team on reporting efforts and monthly accruals related to budgeting and forecasting.
  • Ensure integrity of the Company's accounting systems, including chart of account set-ups, financial report development and maintenance and interfaces between systems and general ledger.
  • Lead system projects as necessary and be the main point of contact for CorpEng team with respect to system related projects.
  • Review and approve various journal entries and relating reconciliations
  • Driving a performance culture with the team in account analyses, reconciliations and process and automation improvements.
  • Cultivating an environment that encourages maximum productivity and service effectiveness, personal growth and development, open communications and teamwork with team members.
  • Thriving in a high growth, fast paced environment.

What You Bring:

  • 8+ years with a mix of Big 4 and industry experience as a public company Director of Accounting or Assistant Controller of large public corporation.
  • Bachelor's degree in business, finance or accounting; MBA a plus ; CPA required (inactive ok)
  • Comprehensive understanding of financial accounting and reporting under US GAAP and SEC requirements.
  • Merger & acquisition and integration accounting experience.
  • Previous experience in a public company SOX environment.
  • Proven success in developing and leading a team of people using a collaborative management style in a public company environment.
  • Knowledge of accounting and related systems: NetSuite, Coupa, Workiva, etc.
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills and customer orientation.
  • Detail oriented with ability to see the big picture, excellent communication skills (written, verbal) and partnership 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


The US base salary range for this full-time position at the commencement of employment is $123,600 - $203,300.  Additionally, this role might be eligible for discretionary short-term and long-term incentives (bonus and equity). The final salary range is determined by job related experience, skills and location.  The range displays our typical hiring range for new hire salaries in US locations only.  Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for your preferred location during the hiring process.


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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