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Senior Systems Engineer, Data Services

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10052431 Location Burbank, California, United States Business Walt Disney Animation Studios Date posted Aug. 01, 2023

Job Summary:

Walt Disney Animation Studios is seeking a Senior Systems Engineer to collaborate with world-class filmmakers, artists, and technical engineers in creating the magic of animation. The Data Services team is looking for talented engineers on the design, implementation, and optimization of our database systems. This role will critically support technology initiatives driven by studio needs for both Burbank and Vancouver.

Systems Engineers are expected to be highly collaborative, demonstrate self-direction when needed, and learn through experiencing both success and failure. You must be comfortable supporting your team by bringing fresh insight for shared problem solving. Also critical to success in this role is the ability to build trusted relationships with technical and non-technical users, understand their needs and pain points, and deliver relevant solutions.

Our studio thrives from a wide variety of technical backgrounds and experiences; therefore we encourage applicants to apply even if they do not match all requirements listed below.

Bring your unique talents, passion and ideas to our team, and be a part of Disney’s creative legacy! 


  • Lead initiatives on architectural design and optimization of our data systems and pipelines, which span multiple teams. This includes planning for expansion, analytics, and maintainability and also necessitates a close collaboration with team members and stakeholders

  • Must be an effective listener who engages with stakeholders to understand their requirements and subsequently designs applicable, practical solutions 

  • Present on the current set up of services as well as propose more modern and/or suitable alternatives to support the data governance needs of the studio in the long term  

  • Mentor of individuals on open-ended technical problems and complex infrastructure architecture

  • Experience supporting and leveraging Document databases, like Cassandra, ElasticSearch / OpenSearch, and MongoDB

  • Experience supporting and leveraging Relational databases, like MySQL, MariaDB, Postgres, and MSSQL 

  • Experience with Unix shell scripting and system automation

  • Understanding of a server-side scripting language such as Python, C/C++, or Java 

  • Solid communication, cooperative, and analytical skills, with a desire to continue to grow in these areas

  • At least 5 years of systems/software engineering and/or database administration experience; can include related internships 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Software, Electrical or Electronics Engineering, or comparable field of study, and/or equivalent work experience

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience with TimeScaleDB, Redis, Grafana, InfluxDB, and/or Logstash

  • Experience with AWS Data Managed Services, such as, S3 partitioning, Lambda for processing, Kinesis for pipelining, and/or Glue for ETL

  • Knowledge of Kubernetes fundamentals

  • Implementation of data ingestion and handling clusters through event streaming platforms, such as Kafka 

  • Experience with Big Data management, including identifying appropriate on Prem/cloud storage and developing solutions based on data scale, analytic use cases, and immediacy of refresh

The Walt Disney Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The hiring range for this position in California is $112,586.00-$151,030.00 per year based on a 40 hour work week. The amount of hours scheduled per week may vary based on business needs. 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 Walt Disney Animation Studios:

Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Disney Animation continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to our 62nd animated feature, Wish, releasing November 2023. Among the studio's timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and Encanto.

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 Walt Disney Pictures, which is part of a business we call Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Walt Disney Pictures 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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