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Lead Software Engineer

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10092124 Location Bristol, Connecticut, United States / Santa Monica, California, United States / San Francisco, California, United States / New York, New York, United States / Seattle, Washington, United States / Orlando, Florida, United States Business Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology Date posted Jun. 11, 2024

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Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology

On any given day at Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology, we’re reimagining ways to create magical viewing experiences for the world’s most beloved stories while also transforming Disney’s media business for the future. Whether that’s evolving our streaming and digital products in new and immersive ways, powering worldwide advertising and distribution to maximize flexibility and efficiency, or delivering Disney’s unmatched entertainment and sports content, every day is a moment to make a difference to partners and to hundreds of millions of people around the world.

A few reasons why we think you’d love working for Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology

  • Building the future of Disney’s media business: DE&E Technologists are designing and building the infrastructure that will power Disney’s media, advertising, and distribution businesses for years to come.
  • Reach & Scale: The products and platforms this group builds and operates delight millions of consumers every minute of every day – from Disney+ and Hulu, to ABC News and Entertainment, to ESPN and ESPN+, and much more.
  • Innovation: We develop and execute groundbreaking products and techniques that shape industry norms and enhance how audiences experience sports, entertainment & news.

The Product & Data Engineering team is responsible for end to end development for Disney’s world-class consumer-facing products, including streaming platforms Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+, and digital products & experiences across ESPN, Marvel, Disney Studios, NatGeo, and ABC News. The team drives innovation at scale for millions of consumers around the world across Apple, Android, Smart TVs, game consoles, and the web, with our platforms powering core experiences like personalization, search, messaging and data.

Job Summary:

The Access & Cost team is responsible for building out key infrastructure and applications with broad impact across the organization.  On the “access” side of things, we’re responsible for an application which serves as a gateway for access to many systems throughout the organization.  We handle access requests, complex approval workflows, maintaining approval inventory and access provenance, and integrating with many systems to automate access provisioning. 

On the “cost” side of things, we gather information from various cloud systems on usage and corresponding cost, and carry out complex logic to attribute that cost to the appropriate teams and organization pillars.  We handle cost monitoring and alerting, provide accurate and comprehensive cost data to teams and executives, and work closely with financial operations and cost optimization teams. 

You will serve as a technical lead, overseeing a team of up to 10 engineers in building out critical frameworks for our cost monitoring and optimization initiatives.  You’ll work closely with stakeholders, teams with upstream and downstream dependencies, and product owners to refine functionality and determine implementation architecture.  If you are someone who has a passion for building, reinventing and innovating, then this is the role for you!


  • Design and deliver highly performant, scalable, resilient systems, while contributing to the continuous improvement of systems and architecture.
  • Work closely with product and engineering leadership to specify, design, and implement solutions for our customers and business partners.
  • Write, test, and release elegant software systems using a mix of technologies including: Spark, Snowflake, Databricks, Python, AWS, and Java.
  • Mentor and lead your team, by defining and organizing work and helping the team address challenges.
  • Serve as a “go-to” resource and SME for more junior engineers on the team

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 7 years of related work experience in technology
  • At least 1+ years of experience in a team/project lead role
  • Strong technical, coding, and architecture/design skills
  • Solid interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Ability to dive deep on technical issues, without being intimidated by complex problems or difficult challenges

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Big Data technologies, such as Spark or Flink (not required if you can rock out learning new things)
  • Experience with AWS, Python, Java, Snowflake, and/or Databricks


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, or comparable field of study, or equivalent work experience

The hiring range for this position in Orlando, Florida is $142,200 to $190,600 per year, in Bristol, Connecticut is $149,300 to $200,200 per year, Santa Monica, California is $149,300 to $200,200 per year, in Seattle, Washington is $156,300 - $209,600 per year, in New York, NY is $156,300 - $209,600 per year and in San Francisco, California is $163,400 to $219,200 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 Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology:

Disney Entertainment and ESPN Technology (DE&E Technology) provides the technological backbone and product development for Disney’s two media business units, while helping to keep the company at the vanguard of innovation – enabling the Company to continuously leverage technology to enhance storytelling and creativity, while delivering scalability, flexibility, and efficiency for its businesses.

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 that includes three core business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, and Disney Experiences. 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 Entertainment & ESPN Technology.

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 champions a business environment where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a constantly evolving world.

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