Data Operations Content Team Manager

Orbital Insight is a product company, and each of our products is unique and rooted in a different domain. We combine multiple types of data to provide our customers with unprecedented insights. However, that only works if the data is actually good. Whether the data comes from external sources, or we generate it ourselves, Data Operations is charged to ensure its quality. It is responsible for three things: (1) Finding and creating labeled (training/testing/IP) datasets for the computer vision, data science and product teams. (2) Product and prototype domain research. (3) Managing all content across the organization, including its quality and its organization.

We are building a Content Team that is exclusively focused on this third responsibility. The team will run the day to day interactions with our image and data providers, manage technical assessments of new vendors, work with Engineering to organize and distribute data across the company, and create and maintain Orbital Insight’s Foundation Layer – an extensive multi-dimensional ground truth data layer serving all products and prototypes.

We are looking for a person to lead this team. She or he must be an intrepid professional with a keen eye for detail and be an indefatigable defender of quality. This person will play a considerable role in defining this team and its role and thus will need be able to think about the company and its processes in a holistic manner. This position reports into the VP of Data Science and Data Operations.

The world is a very big place. With a single photograph of Earth, like the famous “Blue Marble” from Apollo 17, the entire world can fit on a computer screen. However, with this image you would not be able to see much detail. To see the Earth and all of its rich features, you would need a lot more images. In fact it would take over 500 million images just to observe the land area of Earth at 1 meter pixel resolution.

In order to see detail and work at scale, we use computer vision and machine learning. Using convolutional neural networks, we have counted over 3 billion cars across global roads and parking lots, analyzing commercial patterns as well as city growth and development. Our global energy product uses computer vision to map floating roof oil tanks and measure the global volumes of crude oil. With this product, we were able to show that China has 200 million barrels of oil storage capacity that was unknown even to the trading community. Other projects include tracking rates of deforestation, measuring poverty levels around the globe, monitoring construction rates of new roads and buildings, and predicting crop yields. This is still the beginning of our mission to understand the Earth.

This position will be based in our Mountain View, CA office.

Job Duties

  • Lead and build out the Data Operations Content Team
  • Manage and add to existing day to day image and data provider operational processes
  • Develop and manage technical assessments and on-boarding of new vendors
  • Develop and maintain Orbital Insight’s Data Foundation Layer, acquiring, generating and curating ground truth data that will underlie all our products and prototypes
  • Work closely with data science, computer vision, and product on their data needs
  • Work relentlessly to improve all of the above existing processes

Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in a quantitative science
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of industry experience (technology company or startup) in a data-rich environment working with large amounts of data of disparate types
  • Experienced manager of small to mid-size teams
  • Experience working with engineers to build out a database that requires continuous ingestion from a nascent stage
  • Proficient in SQL, UNIX, Python, and scripting
  • Passion for clean and accurate data
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Additional Skills Preferred

  • Familiar with geospatial data and tools such as Google Earth Pro and QGIS

We are backed by marquee investors such as Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, In-Q-Tel, and Bloomberg Beta, Orbital Insight is rapidly expanding its commercial and public sector capabilities. Come join us if you are unafraid to try new approaches and relentlessly seek to push the state of the art, taking projects all the way from prototype to production-ready.


– Stock Options

– Competitive Salaries

– Paid time off

– Medical, dental, and vision insurance

– Life & disability coverage

– 401k

– Flexible Spending Accounts

– Apple equipment

– Twice a week catered lunches

– Monthly happy hour in office

– Stocked kitchen with healthy snacks, coffee, tea, etc.

– Easy commute via Caltrain, with company sponsored Go Pass

Note to Recruiters and Placement Agencies: Orbital Insight does not accept unsolicited agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to any person or email address at Orbital Insight prior to obtaining a signed agreement from Recruiting/HR. Orbital Insight is not liable for and will not pay placement fees for candidates submitted by any agency other than its approved recruitment partners. Furthermore, any resumes sent without an agreement in place will be considered your company’s gift to Orbital Insight and may be forwarded to our recruiters for their attention.

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