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Lead Software Engineer

Burbank, California, United States

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Job ID 963779BR Location Burbank, California, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted May. 05, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

Job Summary:

Ever wonder how the innovative storytelling from the world’s most beloved brands – Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, ESPN, 20th Century, National Geographic, FX, Freeform, Disney Channels, ABC, and more -- makes it to viewers around the globe and beyond (yes, we also deliver content to the International Space Station)? Come join our growing team that builds global products, platforms and tools that deliver and monetize our company's unmatched collection of content, power our businesses and reflect the company's innovative spirit.

We are the Content Platforms team with a mission to “reimagine the technical ecosystem that empowers The Walt Disney Company to harness its unparalleled storytelling and distribute it around the world.” Content Platforms is part of the Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution (DMED) segment which is responsible for The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer businesses globally, including the ESPN+ sports streaming service, programmed in conjunction with ESPN; Disney+, the Disney-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service; global advertising sales and ad technology for all of Disney’s media properties, including ABC, ESPN, Freeform, FX Networks, National Geographic and the Disney Channels; Hotstar, the leading over-the-top streaming service in India; and the Company’s majority ownership stake in Hulu.

If you: 
  • Enjoy working with teams of talented and passionate people 
  • Have excellent communication skills 
  • Demonstrate determination in finding solutions to complex puzzles 
  • Have the curiosity and interests in how content goes from inception to consumers
  • Employ positive thinking and are able to work constructively in a diverse team setting 
  • Enjoy transforming business strategy into innovative products & platforms
  • Value learning and being exposed to new experiences 
  • Love working in a startup culture
  • Find Media & Entertainment industry fascinating

then Content Platforms team is the place for you. We are growing and investing in innovative technology to deliver a state-of-the-art content pipeline. Come be a part of the magic that makes The Walt Disney Company one of the “World’s Most Admired Companies”.

Responsibilities:

Content Platform Engineering is hiring a Lead Software Engineer for the Platform Foundations team to help build and innovate a world class content platform to support content delivery for brands such as Disney plus, ESPN+, Hulu, ABC, Marvel and Star Wars. Our team of talented software engineers builds and manages a diverse suite of products and services that advance Disney’s media supply chain powering the some of the most watched entertainment content. You will help to define platform capabilities, designing and implementing product solutions using solid design principles, while balancing complexity, speed of implementation, and expandability.
  • You will be building scalable, maintainable, and well-tested software solutions which are flexible enough to meet the requirements of multiple customers and stakeholders. You will:
  • Collaborate with other software engineers and cross-functional teams
  • Work independently to design, build, test, and deploy high quality software solutions
  • Provide technical guidance and evangelize best practices.
  • Maintain a deep understanding of our core systems and how they interact with upstream and downstream dependencies.
  • Contribute and review code, set standards, and work with engineers to ensure product and design specifications are met
  • Responsible for fundamental platform performance, scalability, and resiliency
  • Partner with stakeholders to refine requirements, and propose solutions to problems that span multiple teams
  • Contribute to cross-functional troubleshooting of complex issues as needed
  • Troubleshoot issues and fix defects
  • Influence and contribute to department technical strategy and planning
  • Provide mentoring to engineers on advanced technical issues
  • Research, learn, and evangelize widespread adoption of new technologies and architecture patterns
  • Lead cross-functional troubleshooting of complex issues as needed
  • Strategic planning and vision focused on experimenting with and deploying new technologies

Basic Qualifications:

  • Proven expertise with architecture and delivery of high volume, cached, fault tolerant, multi-threaded scalable systems
  • Experience with common backend technologies such as REST APIs, Microservice architectures, async programming
  • Experience with architecture and delivery of high volume, cached, fault tolerant, multi-threaded scalable systems
  • Experience with a wide range of data store technologies such as MongoDB, Redis, Elasticsearch, Postgres, and DynamoDB
  • Experience with Java or Kotlin, and Spring Framework
  • Experience with Cloud-based technologies such as AWS EC2, S3, SQS, Lambda and Step Functions, and Fargate
  • Experience with build and deployment technologies such as Docker, Gitlab-CI, Terraform/Cloud formation, and Jenkins
  • Experience in Agile/Scrum methodology
  • Team player with strong oral and written communications skills
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to learn and adapt to new technologies
  • Expertise with full lifecycle of application development, including best practices of unit testing, code reviews, documentation, etc.
  • Strong communication skills and attention to detail
  • 7+ years relevant industry experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous work experience in media distribution
  • Experience working with vendor teams to deliver high quality results
  • Knowledge of performance testing and application profiling
  • Strong curiosity about how Disney delivers the Magic and a desire to be a part of it

Required Education

BS Computer Science or related technical discipline or its equivalent

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.

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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