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Senior Accountant



Accounting & Finance
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 4, 2024

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, Austria, Slovenia, and The Netherlands.

About the Role:

The Accounting team at Planet is seeking an experienced Senior Accountant as we continue to scale and grow. The ideal candidate is proactive with a proven ability to support the month end close. The responsibilities of the Senior Accountant extend beyond journal entries and reconciliations to also include managing the financial impact of various satellites lifecycles, analysis and reporting for space systems activities and driving process improvements. To be successful in this role you have: excellent accounting knowledge, a keen attention to detail and extensive experience tackling barriers and obstacles. You are results driven and possess the ability to work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment to grow Planet and achieve further company success. This role reports directly to the Assistant Controller. This is a hybrid role, with an expectation to be in the San Francisco office at least 2 days/wk.

Impact You’ll Own:

  • Maintain costs associated with satellites including materials, launch and build costs
  • Assist in labor capitalization in various areas such as internal use of software, satellite building, and commissioning efforts
  • Maintain both fixed assets and operating expense accruals related to ground station operations
  • Own month-end general ledger close processes and activities including the preparation and review of journal entries, balance sheet reconciliations, and supporting schedules
  • Maintain and reconcile fixed assets schedules
  • Analyze expenses to ensure they are recorded appropriately on a monthly basis
  • Develop and maintain desktop procedures for on-going accounting activities
  • Assist with specific business tax filings and other compliance items
  • Assist with compiling and preparing support required for annual audits
  • Recommend changes and assist in driving improvements for accounting processes, documentation, and procedures
  • Support Ad hoc projects and junior staff when assigned or as needed

What You Bring:

  • 4-6 years of accounting experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or other quantitative major
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and follow through on tasks
  • A high degree of ownership over projects and results
  • Excellent follow-up capabilities and a proven ability to progress team initiatives
  • Excellent attention to detail, accuracy and data integrity
  • Team-oriented mindset, with a willingness to collaborate across teams and learn from others to make improvements and advancements

What Makes You Stand Out:

  • Experience with NetSuite or equivalent ERP system
  • Advanced Excel spreadsheet skills
  • Positive attitude and agile approach to problem solving

EAR/ITAR Requirements:

This position requires access to export-controlled technology, and as such, and in accordance to applicable law, employment is only open to US citizens, US nationals, lawful permanent residents of the US or persons admitted to the US as an asylee or refugee.

Benefits While Working at Planet:

  • Comprehensive Health Plan
  • Wellness program and onsite massages in specific offices
  • Flexible Time Off
  • Recognition Programs
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Tuition Reimbursement and access to LinkedIn Learning
  • Parental Leave
  • Offsites and Happy Hours
  • Volunteering Benefits


The US base salary range for this full-time position at the commencement of employment is $79,300 - $106,100. 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. Know Your Rights.


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 hiring process, please reach out to accommodations@planet.com or contact your recruiter with your request. Your message will be confidential and we will be happy to assist you.

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