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Senior Systems Engineer, Render Services - Animation Studios

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 605296BR Location Burbank, California, United States Business Walt Disney Animation Studios Date posted Mar. 27, 2019

Job Summary:

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ world-class filmmakers, artists and technical wizards collaborate to create the magic of animation. Bring your unique talents, passion and ideas to our team and prepare to play in a creative, artist-friendly environment.

The Render Services team is looking for a talented engineer to partner with artists, production leadership, technical directors, software engineers, and technology leadership on the design and implementation of our distributed hybrid-cloud, High Performance Computing infrastructure. This is motivated by the expanding needs of film production at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

The ideal candidate will enjoy the diversity and challenges of working at various levels in the HPC stack, from defining high performance storage architectures, designing hybrid-cloud HPC clusters and measuring compute and IO performance, to developing orchestration systems and intuitive user interfaces. All projects have in common pursuit of simple and performant solutions to complex problems using DevOps methodologies as part of a high-energy team.

The engineer filling this role should welcome being a critical part of a variety of projects depending on studio needs. Example assignments could include: investigation and implementation of high performance storage solutions; design and support of on-premises and public cloud configuration management and build automation processes; continuous integration and deployment; development of containerization and service orchestration solutions; cloud services integration; and data monitoring, measurement and analytics.

Systems engineers are highly supportive of each other, expected to 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 to understand their needs and pain points intimately, and deliver relevant solutions.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of systems engineering experience in a professional environment

  • Proven expertise in Linux systems engineering

  • Object-oriented development experience in Python (C++ also useful)

  • Experience with a wide variety of open source technologies and cloud services

  • Deep understanding of TCP/IP networks and related technologies

  • In-depth knowledge of NAS and Object Storage architectures

  • Working knowledge of relational and nonrelational databases

  • Strong knowledge of configuration management, build automation, and provisioning (Puppet, Ansible, Chef being ideal)

  • Solid communication, team working, and problem solving skills, with a desire to continue to grow in these areas

  • Must be an effective listener who engages with stakeholders to understand their requirements and infer practical solutions

Required Education

  • BS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related field; or comparable industry experience

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. Located in Burbank, WDAS 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 2013's Academy Award®-winning Frozen, the biggest animated film of all time. Among the studio's timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia.

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 segment 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, 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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