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Manager, Software Engineering

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10095126 Location Bristol, Connecticut, United States Business Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology Date posted Jul. 09, 2024

Job Summary:


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.

As a Manager on the Sports Interactive platform engineering team, you will lead your group in building systems that seamlessly integrate personalized preferences, fantasy gaming, betting and community data into all of ESPN’s products. You will set the tone for a fast paced, passionate squad charged with unlocking highly engaging interactive functionality at high scale. 

You will apply your proven engineering chops to help lead the design, development, test and deployment of first-rate, innovative software solutions. You will also lead your team in achieving operational excellence for systems underpinning applications used by millions of ESPN fans every day. You will use excellent communication skills while collaborating with both technical and product stakeholders to gather and fulfill new system requirements.

You will be challenged to work at a scale most never approach and be rewarded by a job you love!


  • Lead a team delivering high quality, scalable software platforms

  • As needed lead the design of new functionality, review code and/or technical designs

  • Facilitate the reliable planning, estimation and delivery of your team’s work


  • Minimum 8+ years of professional experience

  • Minimum 2+ years of experience directly leading or managing a team

  • Demonstrated ability to solve challenging technical problems

  • Demonstrated ability to learn new technology and/or complex systems

  • Hands on experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS) or similar cloud service

  • Deep understanding of Java programming (or similar object-oriented language)

  •  Proven ability to decompose complex problems into discrete software deliverables

  • Self-starter with consistent track record of delivering high quality software in a pragmatic fashion

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with both technical and non-technical audiences


  • 10+ years of professional experience

  • Experience communicating architecture, roadmap, and product objectives to engineers and gathering feedback for stakeholders.

  • Strong ability to delegate work and focus on solving management problems.

  • Experience driving complex and high-profile projects without overextending personal health or well-being of your team.

  • Experience working on highly scalable, real-time software platforms

  • Extensive experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS) or similar cloud service

  • Experience implementing and optimizing complex cloud software installations and infrastructure


Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Software, Electrical or Electronics Engineering, or comparable field of study, and/or equivalent work experience.


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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