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Senior Software Development Engineer - Android

Apply NowApply Later Job ID R10011217 Location Mainland China Business Disney+ Hotstar Date posted Feb. 02, 2021

Job Summary:



Disney+ Hotstar, part of Disney Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED), is one of the largest premium streaming and mobile entertainment platforms with more than 150,000 hours of drama and movies in 9 languages, and coverage of every major global sporting event. Hotstar has launched its premium service DisneyPlus Hotstar in India, Indonesia, and Hotstar in UK, US, Canada, etc. It is still expanding its footprint to more international markets. We are going to unleash a vast catalog of new and classic movies and shows to stream, boasting nearly 500 movies and 7,500 TV episodes from Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, National Geographic and Disney's eponymous studios in SEA market and beyond. Disney+ Hotstar accounts for roughly 30% of Disney+’s subscriber base so far — which roughly translates to 26 million as of Q4, 2020. and 350 million followers on the back of a highly evolved video streaming technology and high attention to quality of experience across devices and platforms. Hotstar has appropriated top spots on the Google Play Store as well as the Apple App Store, and been named among the most popular apps of 2017 on both platforms. Live sports in particular has seen a huge surge with over 25 millions concurrent viewerships and generating 10 billion click stream messages daily for a single live event on Hotstar, especially as audiences turn to mobile as the primary screen for cricket updates and streaming. This is the largest on the Akamai platform for any live sporting event in the world and the largest for any single event online by a broadcaster. Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) brings together the Company’s best-in-class product, technology, and commercialization teams together into one global organization. DMED is responsible for the P&L management and all distribution, network and engineering operations, sales, advertising, data, and certain key technology functions worldwide for the Company’s content engines. DMED also manages operations of the Company’s streaming services including Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ and Disney+ Hotstar; and domestic broadcast and cable television networks. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.


We're looking for a senior software developer in Android who has rich experience and a good understanding of the Android platform, and excited to design and implement features for our Android application. As a software developer, you’ll be responsible for implementing various features and improving the stability of our application. If you’re excited about working on some really cool functionalities which can be used by people from different countries, this is likely the team for you.

Here are a few of the things that you’ll do:

  • Design, and implement new features for our Android applications.

  • Write entirely new code and maintain and update the existing code. 

  • Work across UI, service layers, and backend technologies to create server-driven native client solutions.

  • Shine with engineering excellence by developing test infrastructures, writing documentation, ensuring high performance, and following an agile development methodology.

  • Identify problems and drive improvements to the existing code and infrastructure.

  • Share technical practices, build development teams, and improve workflow.



  • A strong grasp of computer science fundamentals

  • 3+ years of experience in software developing and 2+ years of experience in developing Android applications, with a preference for experience with shipping Android applications or broad cross-disciplinary development experience

  • In-depth knowledge of data-driven application architecture and MVVM. A good sense of what goes into making a successful consumer product

  • The ability to jump into a project and contribute immediately to both architecture and implementation

  • Strong communication and collaboration skills and a strong teamwork ethic

  • Ability to drive product functionality development or technical improvements independently

  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in both Chinese and English


Experience with the following technologies and applications is preferred but not required:

  • Flutter

  • Android TV application development

  • Player optimization

  • Full-stack development



B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. in Computer Science / Electrical Engineering are preferred

About Disney+ Hotstar Beijing

We're an unique and fast-growing team that has strong experience building and innovating in video at places like Google, Amazon, Facebook, Bytedance. Most of our engineers and researchers are from the top universities like Tsinghua, Peking, Zhejiang, Princeton, Berkeley, CMU Universities. We see an opportunity to improve media, particularly next-generation streaming experience. We believe in building agile teams with a full-stack mindset to achieve that. Our mission is to build platforms and services that delight both consumers and customers alike. We believe that the most important factors to our success are our team and culture. The pace of our growth is incredible - if you want to tackle the challenge of large scale and interesting problems at scale, and create an impact within an entrepreneurial environment, come join us!

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

About Disney+ Hotstar:

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+ Hotstar, which is part of a business segment we call Disney+ Hotstar.

It is the policy of the Company to provide equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, family status, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, covered veteran status, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, nationality/ethnicity, migrant worker status, carrier of infectious diseases status, or any other category of persons to the extent provided by law. This policy extends, but is not limited, to recruitment and employment, promotion, demotion, transfer, layoff, termination, rate of pay, and other forms of compensation, education, and training.

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