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Manager, Web Front-End Software

Job ID 456093BR Location Burbank, California, United States Job Posting Company The Walt Disney Studios Job Posting Area The Walt Disney Studios Date posted 05/19/2017
The Manager, Web Front-End Software Engineering is responsible for leading a team of 4-8 web front-end software engineers, focused on modern JavaScript-framework-based development for mobile and desktop web. The successful candidate will be deeply hands-on technical, working as a very senior individual contributor to the team’s efforts approximately half of the time, and providing front-line engineering and people management the other half. Someone who the team can look up to as a technical expert, as well as rely upon as a mentor and cross-functional representative, is the ideal fit for this role.


  • Provide day-to-day management and oversight for several web front-end software engineers at varying levels of expertise in their own careers, building mobile and desktop web apps for consumers, at large scale.
  • Understand the team’s committed-to deliverables, and guide them toward completion of that work on time, and at quality. Participate in the agile process, and help to ensure that the work assigned to individual engineers is the right level of challenge, and in areas that interest them and that they can be successful in.
  • Serve as a technical and leadership mentor to the team. Set goals with individual team members and provide regular feedback to them during their execution of those goals.
  • Encourage and set the example for collaboration across functions. Forge solid relationships with peers in other engineering disciplines and more widely, in Product Management, Marketing, Quality Assurance, Analytics, etc.
  • Overall, own the delivery of our web applications as “best in class.” Instill in the team a desire and a capability to deliver apps that are seen by stakeholders and customers as setting the bar.

Basic Qualifications

  • Familiarity working within an agile environment.
  • Expert-level knowledge of modern web development for mobile and desktop browsers. Understanding of and exposure to various current-day frameworks, including Angular, React, Ember, and/or others of like purpose.
  • Similar level of exposure to, and ability to work with, various modern web servers, including Node.js and Nginx.
  • Demonstrated skill in building complex direct-to-consumer web applications that ship at-scale. Must have participated on, if not led, a team that built a high-profile web application for consumers.
  • Familiarity with streaming media applications is a plus.
  • Passion for quality. Pixel perfection is not overkill, and code coverage with unit tests should be as complete as possible. Performance and correctness are not optional.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Able to be one of the team, but also manage up to Directors and upper-level executives.
  • 2 years (minimum) as a software engineering manager, with 5+ direct reports at any given time
  • 3-5 years (minimum) of hands-on front-end web software engineering experience.

Required Education

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field or equivalent experience.

Company Overview

As a trusted creator of premium entertainment experiences for the whole family, The Walt Disney Studios is committed to making it easier than ever for consumers to grow their digital movie libraries in a seamless and family-friendly experience. Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is The Walt Disney Studios’ exclusive cloud-based digital movie service. This app for iOS, Android and Web experiences enables consumers to discover, purchase, manage, and watch movies from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars at home and on the go.

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