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Manager, Software Engineering (Content)

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10005410 Location Seattle, Washington, United States / Santa Monica, California, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Jul. 19, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

- This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.

Job Summary:

Media Engineering builds the software and systems that prepare media content and metadata for the Disney Streaming platform - providing the best possible playback experience to our viewers. We handle audio, video, and metadata content from ingest through publish - for normalization, processing, and packaging - supporting operator tools and automation for a scalable workflow. We build logic across players and back-end services to measure, control, and optimize playback across our stack.

We’re changing the world of streaming video and looking for a talented Engineering Manager who will be an exceptional addition to our team. As an Engineering Manager on the Extended Metadata team you will be driving the technical architecture, implementation and improvement of services that manage all extended metadata such as artwork, sports, people, tags across millions of titles delivered to hundreds of millions of viewers for Disney+, Hulu and Star+. You will be expected to work cross-functionally with product, operations, project management and upstream and downstream engineering teams to align on our designs for new and extensible models and features. You will also drive Dev Ops best practices for the team, so our software just runs itself.

As a leader on this team, you will need strong communication skills, both within engineering teams and with partners across the business. You will need to design software systems and a solid understanding of distributed systems design and architecture. You will be able to translate high-level business requirements into scalable software solutions and drive complex software projects from inception to delivery. Finally, you need to be passionate about career development and have a strong track record of attracting, hiring, and developing top-tier engineering talent. Open to remote candidates as well on the West Coast or East Coast or any of our Disney Hubs.


  • Build a world-class software development team through a combination of training, career development, recruiting, and process improvement

  • Influence and drive software engineering and architecture best practices and standards within the team and wider organization.

  • Collaborate efficiently with Product Managers and other developers to create roadmaps, gather requirements and drive implementation.

  • Drive and maintain a culture of quality, innovation and experimentation

  • Enable data-driven prioritization and decision-making for your team through cross-organizational communication

  • Foster an open environment of mutual support and engineering effectiveness

  • Hire and nurture engineers through mentorship and career advocacy. Provide goals, career path, promotion guidance, motivation to your direct reports.

  • Ultimately responsible for the project success, including the full lifecycle of software development (requirements gathering, designing, building, testing, maintenance, support, stakeholder management, innovation, team growth), product and architecture vision and execution against that vision and organization objectives

Basic Qualifications:

  • 6+ years of relevant software engineering experience

  • 2 years of management experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong proficiency in at least one widely used server-side programming language (Java, Python, etc.)

  • Experience building large scale distributed systems, solving problems including scalability, reliability, observability, validation, cost efficiency, etc.

  • Experience deploying and running AWS-based solutions and familiarity with tools such as DynamoDB, Elasticache, Lambda, IAM, Kinesis, S3, etc.

  • Exposure to architectural patterns of a service-oriented web application

  • Strong passion about automation, testing, and code quality.

  • Great communication and collaboration skills and a team-focused approach towards software development

  • Demonstrated ability to attract talent, build teams and have fun.

Required Education:

  • BS or MS in Computer Science/Engineering or equivalent practical experience


Additional Information!:


About Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution:

Comprised of the Company’s international business units and various direct-to-consumer streaming services, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) aligns technology, media distribution and advertising sales into a single business segment to create and deliver personalized entertainment experiences to consumers around the world.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Disney Streaming Technology LLC, which is part of a business we call Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

Disney Streaming Technology LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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