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Lead Software Engineer

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10010382 Location Bristol, Connecticut, United States / Town of Bristol, Connecticut, United States / Burbank, California, United States / New York, New York, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Feb. 28, 2023

Job Summary:

As a Lead Software Engineer, you will use your deep Java, scripting, DevOps, and data persistence skills to write and test code that delivers new features for our application portfolio. You will be an important part of a motivated team where we’ll be looking for you to collaborate with the team to drive application architecture, code quality, and make sure we are building the right things for our users. We want someone that has grown up through the web software development ranks - possessing 10 or more years’ experience in designing and architecting highly scalable, secure, performant, and usable web applications using modern Web Frameworks. The ideal candidate would possess deep skills in  Javascript, HTML5 while having expertise with orchestration and containerization platforms (Docker and Kubernetes), coupled with hands on experience with integrating with back end services( Rest APIs, Sockets). 

This role is as part of DMED Media Engineering organization. While The Walt Disney Company is a large company, ideally, we’d like if you have some previous experience in a U.S. startup environment and be comfortable performing multiple roles. We strive to get things done quickly, with high quality, and we are committed to the agile methodology. Our work is guided by lean principles (looking at value and looking for waste; not doing anything ‘for the sake of doing it’). 

We’re looking for a passionate, impactful, technical leader who wants to come here to do their very best work and make their mark, add their chapter to the long and storied history of The Walt Disney Company. A collaborative technologist who seeks to bring the best out in themselves and those around them. Someone who can provide a fresh perspective and innovative insight to our initiatives. This is a high impact opportunity to design and build web-based user interfaces for creative storytelling and media creation in data-rich, real-time, multi-platform, and automation friendly cloud-deployed systems. 

Key Responsibilities 

  • Lead product teams in building applications which are robust, fault-tolerant, and cloud- native 

  • Design, create, document, and support mobile responsive web applications, including React UI components and workflows  

  • Possess extensive AWS manage service solution design and implementation experience 

  • Reason logically and creatively, identifying problems, drawing valid conclusions from the data available, and develop effective solutions while applying creative thinking in the design and development of high performing web applications 

  • Collaborate with fellow senior engineers to keep the team’s technology radar and architecture principles aligned to the industry and needs of our users 

  • Deliver multiple projects utilizing an Agile methodology 

  • Take a high ownership, self-sufficient, hands-on position on the team to lead and drive quality, maintain application stability 

  • Write complex programs, analyze code changes and suggest improvements 

  • Create reference implementations for the purpose of mentoring and leading more junior staff (when required) 

  • Help define engineering standards and provide technical mentorship to the team 

  • Investigate and resolve any production issues from end user (UI) and work to prevent them 

  • Work with product managers and managers to ensure that all project deliverables are on time and high quality 

  • Work collaboratively with other service teams 

  • Owns and leads the development, testing, and deployment of highly innovative, large, complex software solutions that meet specifications and significantly impact future developments 

  • Creates and owns protocols, documentation, and tools for the installation and maintenance of major resilient software projects 

  • Writes codes that establishes and enhances frameworks and design proof of concepts 

  • All other duties as required to drive business objectives 


  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution in Computer Science or related field, and/or equivalent work experience 

  • Have 10+ years of experience in web application development in a large enterprise environment using Javascript, ReactJS, TypeScript, CSS3, including familiarity with modern frameworks and platforms (e.g., NextJs, AngularJS) 

  • Be able to demonstrate significant experience working with relational databases, SQL and newer NoSQL data stores as well as event streaming platforms 

  • Have a strong interest in open source technology 

  • Possess good communication skills and enjoy mentoring and helping others to succeed as a team 

  • Care about your craft and have opinions about the “right” way to do things with technology 

  • Strong knowledge in HTML5, CSS3, ReactJS, JavaScript, TypeScript, NodeJs. 

  • Extensive use of CI/CD pipeline for code deployment with different tools (Git, Jenkins) 

  • Have the ability to collaborate with a diverse set of partners 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of project management tools, like Jira, Figma. 

  • Experience with writing unit test using Jest, Enzyme and React testing library. 

  • Knowledge and experience working with AWS  

  • Knowledge and experience with Python and/or Java 

  • Previous work experience in Accounts Receivable and/or financial applications 

  • Experience working with vendor teams to deliver high quality results 

  • Strong curiosity about how Disney delivers the Magic and a desire to be a part of it 

The hiring range for this position in New York is $156,292 to $209,660 per year and in California is $149,240 to $200,200 per year. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A bonus and/or long-term incentive units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered.       

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: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. 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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