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Vice President, Engineering Media Infrastructure

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 942495BR Location Bristol, Connecticut, United States / The Woodlands, Texas, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Mar. 09, 2022

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; and 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, bring creative ideas to life, and create industry-shaping approaches.

The Vice President of Engineering Media Infrastructure is a senior leadership position within the Media Engineering group of The Walt Disney Company.

This role reports to the SVP, Media Engineering and is responsible for leading large and diverse teams specializing in network engineering, systems engineering, media ingest/acquisition, and distribution. This leader is responsible for motivating a team of industry and domain experts that will design and deploy technical infrastructure that enables content creation and distribution globally.

The Vice President is responsible for ensuring that technology is delivered on scalable and reliable platforms that will meet business requirements and can seamlessly integrate with existing infrastructure and systems. Additionally, this leader will effectively partner with different DMED Technology divisions to deliver integrated and strategically aligned solutions that meet wider DMED business objectives.

Responsibilities:

This leader will set the vision and organizational structure of Engineering teams and works closely with leadership to set objectives and drive effective short and long-term plans. This position requires a strategic thinker with a diverse background and proven track record of leading large-scale efforts from concept through delivery. This leader will have a strong senior presence and excel at driving results, building relationships, and creating innovation.
Responsibilities of the Role:
  • Lead the research, development, and implementation of all media infrastructure initiatives (e.g. technology refresh of traditional/virtual studios, build of MCR/PCR rooms, network architecture, distribution architecture, remote solutions, etc.)
  • Create scalable solutions for distribution opportunities (e.g. DTC, MVPDs, terrestrial, cruise ships, international regions)
  • Collaborate with Corporate Facilities divisions on new construction and refurbishment projects
  • Create strategies for optimization and efficiency in all aspects of content creation through distribution including ingest, media management, legal compliance, transmission, etc.
  • Serve as executive technology counsel to key internal/external clients
  • Maintain and grow executive vendor relationships
  • Guide engineering standard operating policies and procedures
  • Drive legal and FCC regulatory compliance initiatives with Disney Security and Legal teams
  • Guide Engineering teams on fiscal planning, management of budgets and long-range plans
  • Utilize effective leadership practices to attract, develop and retain top talent at all levels.
  • Provide leadership to Media Engineering Infrastructure teams by setting clear objectives KPIs, and prioritizing goals
  • Fosters diversity & inclusion in hiring practices, culture, collaboration, and delivery

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum 10 years of relevant industry experience and at least 5 years of management experience leading highly skilled, driven technical professionals
  • Ability to lead on high-priority inter-department initiatives across organizational levels
  • Demonstrated strong business acumen with an understanding of the market and financial implications of new technical solutions
  • Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of highly complex systems for television signal origination and distribution.
  • Demonstrates in-depth technical knowledge of television facilities configuration and operation and of the full range of broadcasting and transmission equipment.
  • Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of IP networks, compression methods, video/audio formats, metadata and file-based/streaming technologies, protocols, and standards
  • Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of current trends, technology advances, new products and best practices in production, transmission, and broadcast operations.
  • Ability and willingness to collaborate with business partners across the organization to help drive success

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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