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Lead Software Engineer – Fantasy iOS Developer - ESPN

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 903989BR Location Bristol, Connecticut, United States / Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Mar. 03, 2022 Flex Type Remote

- This role is considered remote, which means the employee will work remotely on an ongoing basis and will not have an assigned workspace at a Company designated location.

Job Summary:

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, as well as domestic broadcast and cable television networks.

DMED Technology creates products, platforms, and innovations for the DMED Segment and The Walt Disney Company by driving the strategic development and use of technology, building scalable systems and products to empower our businesses and engage consumers. With global scale, local presence, and deep technological excellence, DMED Technology helps DMED and The Walt Disney Company optimize technology, platforms, and resources, while bringing creative ideas to life and creating industry-shaping approaches.

As part of DMED Technology, the DMED Consumer Experiences & Platforms pillar is responsible for creating the consumer facing applications across ABC, ABC News, the Disney Channel, ESPN, FX, National Geographic, Marvel, and more.

For a new team, we’re looking for experienced developers who are interested in building the next generation of our consumer experiences. Our mission is to envision, champion, and deliver new and unique experiences across our portfolio in close partnership with our product and engineering teams. We want someone that has come up through product-focused software development ranks - possessing 7 or more years’ experience in designing and architecting high quality, secure, performant, and usable consumer web/mobile applications leveraging cloud infrastructure. The ideal candidate would possess deep skills in building client application for modern mobile OSes like iOS or Android, CTV/OTT platforms like Roku, tvOS, or Android TV, or modern web applications using frameworks like React.

Our initial focus will be on ESPN, so if you’re a sports fan who cares about building great products, this team will give you the opportunity to define and deliver experiences only ESPN and the Walt Disney Company can pull together. With our deep archives of sports information, content, and editorial talent, there’s no better place to push the boundaries of what’s possible in sports.

The ESPN Fantasy Sports team is looking for a Lead iOS Software Engineer to help us build ground-breaking digital experiences. As a Lead engineer you will be a key member of a growing team of engineers working with team members across disciplines developing features and systems for the ESPN Fantasy app. You’ll interact daily with our product managers to understand our domain and create technical solutions that push us forward.

The ideal candidate is a practiced engineer with the ability and desire to provide leadership and develop well-designed architectures. They must be self-directed and comfortable managing the needs of a variety of stakeholders, team members and contractors.

About you:
  • Strongly collaborative and excels on a focused team
  • Desires to learn new things, try new technology, and seek opportunities to grow and mentor.
  • A smart, results-oriented person with a mix of passion for solid application architecture and coding, who also has the soft skills of building relationships and consensus.
  • Strong ability to maintain focus and problem solve through obstacles in a dynamic, fast-paced environment; provides realistic estimations and escalates proactively when necessary
  • Connects their code to the business problems being solved and translates effectively across business and technical boundaries; motivated to learn about and impact new markets


  • Build well-designed, well-engineered, stable, performant native iOS applications using Swift.
  • Manage and participate in the software development lifecycle, including the planning, development, testing, release, and live ops stages
  • Write unit and integration tests for your code
  • Work both independently and collaborate with a team of engineers with peer reviews to learn from and teach one another.
  • Partner with business stakeholders to deliver features on time and to specifications
  • Provide detailed estimates of work and ensure timely delivery of features.
  • Continuously learn and keep up to date with emerging technologies to evaluate impact to business and member value.
  • Deliver an outstanding experience for our Guests.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 8+ years of full software development lifecycle experience
  • Deep understanding and proficiency in building iOS mobile apps in either Swift or Objective-C.
  • Strong knowledge of iOS UI design principles, patterns, and best practices.
  • Passionate about writing clean, well-organized, and production-ready code.
  • Experience working with Git version control, or equivalent, in a collaborative team environment, creating pull requests and performing code reviews.
  • Self-motivated with strong problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication skills and experience working collaboratively with cross-functional teams of product managers, designers, and engineers.
  • Be organized and able to remain productive even when you have multiple deliverables.
  • BS or BA in Computer Science, Engineering, or related field or equivalent experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience using Google's Firebase or Firestore
  • Experience with C#/Unity
  • Working knowledge of Javascript
  • Experience with multiple mobile platforms
  • Full-stack development 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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