Senior UX Researcher



United States · Remote
Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2023

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:

Planet is looking for a Senior UX Researcher. You understand how humans work, you know how to detect their unmet needs and unvoiced desires which you use to positively influence the product experience.

You will work with a team of mixed-methods researchers to identify, understand, and prioritize user problems as part of the product design process. You will be responsible for guiding and leading teams as we establish a research practice at Planet. You will collaborate closely with cross-functional colleagues throughout the business. The team has been through rapid growth and will continue to grow; we require an effective senior contributor who can drive the UX research process into the design process all the way through to execution. You will get a chance to work on projects that drive change in the world, and you’ll do it in a rapidly evolving industry that requires truly novel design solutions. We are looking for someone who demonstrates excellent ethics that align with Planet's mission to use space to help life on Earth. This role will report to the VP of Design, Content & Research.

Impact You’ll Own:

  • Be the champion for Planet’s users. Identify their challenges and opportunities via qualitative and quantitative methods, and infuse the knowledge into the product development cycle to help craft elegant solutions
  • Strive to make Planet an insights-driven company by collaborating with data science, marketing, design and product leadership
  • Encourage and build a research-drive culture that fuels innovation by engaging employees in decision-making and development of new product and process improvement ideas
  • Work with design leadership and cross-functional partners to define a lasting vision for the product, informed by research insights
  • Support an incredible UX team, balancing bottom-up and top-down decision making, and mentoring their career growth and development
  • Encourage high performance and innovation by engaging cross-functional colleagues in the development of product, process improvement ideas, definition of research strategy as well as drive its implementation

What You Bring:

  • 6+ years of experience as a user researcher in enterprise software products
  • Experience mentoring UX research teams and building customer-centric cultures within cross functional organizations
  • Experience developing foundational research practices, including but not limited to structuring research repositories, improving customer outreach in a B2B business model, and democratizing research across product team
  • Experience in building and leading research projects with a proven record of excellent leadership
  • A passion for Planet’s mission to use space to help life on Earth

What Makes You Stand Out:

  • Proven ability to build and lead teams that ship world-changing products in fast-paced environments
  • A growth mindset, and a desire to learn quickly
  • Ability to thrive in ambiguity
  • Executive presence and ability to communicate effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Experience working with distributed, global teams and management
  • Proven analytical skills and sense for balancing quantity & quality

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 $110,000 - $180,000. 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 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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