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Director, Data Engineering

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10015640 Location Burbank, California, United States / Glendale, California, United States Business Studios Content Date posted Nov. 03, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

- This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.

Job Summary:

At Disney, we’re storytellers. We make the impossible, possible. The Walt Disney Company is a world-class entertainment and technological leader. Walt’s passion was to continuously envision new ways to move audiences around the world—a passion that remains our touchstone in an enterprise that stretches from theme parks, resorts and a cruise line to sports, news, movies and a variety of other businesses. Uniting each endeavor is a commitment to creating and delivering unforgettable experiences — and we’re constantly looking for new ways to enhance these exciting experiences.


The Data Services team for Walt Disney Studios tells our story with data. Our mission is to help bring data and decision-making closer together at the Studios. We use modern technologies and an agile/lean culture to bring insights, automation, and cutting edge technologies to our Studio Marketing & Production teams.


We’re looking for a Director, Data Engineering to lead the strategy, design, and execution of The Walt Disney Studios’ data enablement system, including data engineering, data automation, data pipeline and data governance. This position will take a leadership role in modernizing the existing data platform and architecture and will actively manage the ongoing roadmap and prioritization of The Walt Disney Studios’ core data infrastructure. This is a highly collaborative and visible role that will work across the organization to design and deliver scalable data solutions that enable data science, content, visualization, reporting and marketing throughout the entire production pipeline. The successful candidate will collaborate with the Marketing, Operations, Production Technology and Media and Digital teams to design and develop the next generation data platform and Analytical capabilities to support real-time, data-driven decisions.

Responsibilities

● Architect and build a robust, scalable, and highly available distributed infrastructure

● Execute large value projects across business units starting with Production, Operations, and Marketing data to support real time data-driven decisions.

● Champion a data-driven culture and drive long-term business value creation through development of best-in-class analytics capabilities.

● Use expertise to identify opportunities to leverage data and provide guidance to colleagues related to capture, analysis and visualization of information

● Successfully maintain and enhance real-time streaming and ingestion pipelines

● The ideal candidate should be willing to execute and be hands-on. Apply statistics, clustering, modeling, and machine learning algorithms to complex business problems.

● Work with the Business units to establish a data governance model associated with who uses data and how KPI’s are defined.

● Provide direction on how data should fit together across our touch points.

● Establish a data and Analytics roadmap based on the business priorities working with all divisions.

● Strong ability to manage priorities across multiple stake holders.

● Lead and manage large scale projects and competing priorities

● Develop engineering best practices, guidelines, procedures, and repeatable and scalable development and operations
● Set priorities, mentor and provide technical direction to a team of data engineers, product and project managers


Qualifications

● B.S or M.S in Statistics, Data Science, Computer Science, Engineering or related quantitative degree with 8+ years of working experience in data science or analytics.

● Proven experience with machine learning and statistical analysis, programming and scripting capabilities.

● Experience with AWS (S3, EC2, EMR), orchestration/CI tools (Kubernetes + Docker, Jenkins or equivalent), and experience with Databricks.

● Deep expertise with Spark, Python, SQL/Hive, and Scala

● Experience with social media, audience insights, programmatic advertising, ad tech is a plus

● Proven experience designing data platforms or data tools; experience creating deployment pipelines or integration testing frameworks for ETL.

● Experience with Agile methodologies

● Experience in Entertainment or Media preferred


About Disney Studios Technology:
Provides scalable, secure, and innovative technology solutions to enable the present and future of cinematic storytelling. As the central technology organization for The Walt Disney Studios, Studio Tech drives innovation and R&D, secures our content, and fuels efficiency for our filmmakers, productions, and marketing teams through time-saving technological support and tools. The organization comprises several trailblazing teams recognized across the industry for their technological contributions


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.

About Studios Content:

The Studios Content group encompasses a collection of world-class entertainment studios that produce high-quality cinematic storytelling for both theatrical and streaming release. It is also home to Disney Theatrical Productions, producer of popular stage shows on Broadway and 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 Walt Disney Pictures, which is part of a business we call Studios Content.

Walt Disney Pictures 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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