Senior Process / Manufacturing Engineer at Planet
San Francisco, CA, US
Welcome to Planet. We believe in using space to help life on Earth.

Planet’s mission is to image the whole world every day and make global change visible, accessible and actionable.

Planet builds compact satellites and has launched the largest fleet of satellites in history to do this. We control every component of hardware design and manufacturing, so our office is a truly inspiring mix of experts from a variety of domains.

With our humble beginnings in a Cupertino garage, to a scrappy team of engineers hacking our initial satellite builds, we now find ourselves with brand new technology and market traction for our revolutionary web-based platform. Customers now have insight into the massive data we are collecting from space as well as the opportunity to perform advanced analytics and solve difficult problems with new insights.

We have a people-centric approach toward culture and community and we are iterating in a way that puts our team members first and prepares our company for growth. Be a part of our mission and help build a company that is changing the world.

The Role:

Charged to lead the NPI build process, manufacturing engineering, reporting directly to the VP of MFG. Must be battle tested process and manufacturing engineer capable of operating on the razor's edge of constant high speed iteration to lead continuous improvement projects, support new product launches and provide sustaining support of the manufacturing process, evangelizing the needs of DFx to the development team ensuring that the products that are designed can be assembled and produced to cost, quality, and schedule standards. This role is highly visible with great growth potential.

Provide hands on support to the manufacturing and test processes, resolving day to day production issues.
Manage the scope, schedule and budget for new continuous improvement projects. through implementation to manufacturing.
Develop manufacturing processes by studying product requirements; researching, designing, modifying, and testing manufacturing methods and equipment
Develop clear and well understood documentation which may include but is not limited to protocols, deviations, drawings, and documentation for the manufacturing process and quality test procedure
Assures product and process quality by designing testing methods; testing finished- product and process capabilities; establishing standards; confirming manufacturing processes and all SOPs
Designs, builds and manages the smooth operation of production lines capable of building Planet Labs highly versatile line of technology. This includes everything from assembly and build process to factory layout, vendor qualification, and quality management
Provides manufacturing decision-making information by calculating production, labor, and material costs; reviewing production schedules; estimating future requirements.
Prepares product and process reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends
Maintains product and process data base by writing computer programs; entering data.
Completes design and development projects by training and guiding technicians and managing day to day operations (includes quality engineers, MFG engineers and technicians)
Help put together DOEs and characterize hardware thru various testings - provide inputs and recommendations to greater team.
Train, enable, and mentor production staff.
Enable change management to continuously improve efficiencies and performances via repeatable processes, people growth, and elimination of work duplication.
Supervision and responsibility over direct labor (Production staffing).
The Must Haves:

Advanced Engineering degree with 7+ years work experience in:

Process Engineering
Leadership and project management -- Ability to multitask several projects and manage technicians and junior engineers
Manufacturing engineering, process engineering, product design, and extensive NPI
Clearly able to communicate and advocate
Complete end to end manufacturing documentation, process development and analysis with deep understanding
Providing DFM/DFX guidelines to the cross-functional teams and ensure manufacturability across the supply chain, partners and CMs.
Quality management
Mastery of CAD tools (Solidworks and Altium) and various statistical software’s
Process engineering - knowledge of Reliability engineering
Professional experiences in “owned” factory operations.
Design / selection of production processes/equipment/consumables/etc.
Experience in predictive software design packages and 6-Sigma certifications.
Superior Project/Timeline (Consumer Electronics Integrated Project Management) adherence experiences.
Manufacturing throughput and capacity analysis.
Knowledge of PPAP, Process Capability, GR&R, PMP, basic GD&T, basic cost estimation/management, and process control plans.
Compliance to Labor practices and understanding of CoGS
Some press about us:

Our CEO, Will Marshall's Dreamforce Talk

"Tiny Satellites ushering in the New Space Revolution" Bloomberg Businessweek

"The All-Seeing Eye in the Sky video" Bloomberg Businessweek video

"Q&A with Amy Truong, Planet's Director of Software Engineering" —Planet Blog

Join Us:

Planet is headquartered in San Francisco, California, Earth. If you are feeling inspired, check out our website and apply. Be sure to include a cover letter to let us know why you think you’d be a good fit and feel free to mention anyone you have previously worked with at Planet.

We are committed to building a diverse team and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.