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Senior Software Engineer - Ads and Data Platforms Integration Engineering

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10072687 Location Bristol, Connecticut, United States / Town of Bristol, Connecticut, United States / Glendale, California, United States / New York, New York, United States Business Disney Direct to Consumer Date posted Dec. 21, 2023

Job Summary:

Senior Software Engineer - Ads and Data Platforms Integration Engineering

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 our 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 enhance 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 here:

  • Building the future of Disney’s media: DE&E Technologists are designing and building the infrastructure that will power our 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 implement groundbreaking products and techniques that shape industry norms and enhance how audiences experience sports, entertainment & news.

The Ad Platforms team is responsible for building and operating the technology that supports Disney’s industry-leading, multi-billion dollar global advertising business. Working across all of Disney’s streaming brands and linear channels, this team’s scope is wide ranging - they impact everything from core infrastructure development that powers Disney’s proprietary ad server, to reimagining viewer-first ad experiences and formats. This team’s award-winning, in-house built technologies are the backbone of Disney’s ad business and a critical element of the Company’s streaming future.

Job Summary:

This role is a part of the Ads and Data Platforms Integration Engineering team within the DE&E Technology organization. We strive to be a diverse team, passionate about great technology applied creatively to solve complex business problems. We strive to be flexible and adaptable to change, both in how we execute projects, and in the various technologies we use to deliver our solutions. You’ll be joining a talented team that works interdependently toward aggressive goals to deliver technically sound solutions. We work to ensure that we share both accountability and credit as a team.

As a Senior 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 7 or more years’ experience in designing and architecting highly scalable, secure, performant, and usable web applications using Java/Java EE. The ideal candidate would possess deep skills in server side technology (Java, Spring, RESTful Web Services), while having expertise with orchestration and containerization platforms (Docker and Kubernetes), coupled with hands on persistence and data streaming technology experience (MySQL, Oracle, Redis, Kafka).


  • Collaborate with leads and influence software architectures which are robust, fault-tolerant, and cloud-native

  • Possess AWS managed 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

  • Lead code reviews and provide leadership and direction to junior engineers

  • 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

  • Check-in valuable, clean code on a daily basis that adds new features and capabilities

  • 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

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

  • Work collaboratively with other service teams

Basic Qualifications:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Engineering, or another technical field or equivalent experience

  • 5+ years of experience in web application development or software engineering in a large enterprise environment using Java, including familiarity with modern frameworks and platforms (e.g., Spring, Docker, Kubernetes, Kafka)

  • 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

  • Demonstrable analytical / problem solving skills

  • Great communication, collaboration skills and a strong teamwork ethic with both technical and non-technical audiences

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with:

  • SpringBoot and related Spring projects

  • Non-relational database technologies e.g. DynamoDB

  • Apache Kafka and/or Kinesis

  • AWS or other cloud platform

  • Terraform, Docker and Kubernetes

  • Ad Tech industry

The hiring range for this position in Santa Monica, CA is $ to $ 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 Direct to Consumer:

Disney’s Direct to Consumer team oversees the Hulu and Disney+ streaming businesses within Disney Entertainment helping to bring The Walt Disney Company’s best-in-class storytelling to fans and families everywhere.

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 Hulu, LLC, which is part of a business we call Disney Direct to Consumer.

Hulu, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. 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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