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Sr Manager, Software Engineering

Burbank, California, United States; Santa Ana, California, United States

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Job ID 810044BR Location Burbank, California, United States; Santa Ana, California, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Jun. 18, 2021

Job Summary:

The Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) Technology organization enables enterprise-wide consumer technology and data capabilities to deliver on the promise of more direct consumer relationships, personalized product experiences and more active engagement with content and advertising. With global scale, local presence, and deep technological excellence, DMED Technology helps DMED and The Walt Disney Company optimize technology, platforms, and resources, bring creative ideas to life and create industry-shaping approaches

Our team is looking for an experienced software engineering manager to lead one of our product platform teams, which are responsible for building and operating the services that power experiences across many of Disney’s most recognized brands, including ABC, Marvel, National Geographic and ESPN. This role will specifically be focused on our sports products, supporting functionality including live scores, news, and highlights and live sports across, ESPN+ and the ESPN mobile app. If you have a passion for technology and coaching engineers as they deliver major projects, this may be the role for you!


You will lead a team and help architect, build and maintain features for backend services that power ESPN products and implement them in partnership with our product team. You’ll be expected to deliver quickly and iteratively in an agile environment while providing mentorship and leadership to your team members as they build a world class platform supporting one of Disney’s premier brands.
You’ll make a great fit for our team if you like to do these things:

  • Manage a mixed team of full time and contracted engineers working remotely

  • Collaborate with product managers and fellow engineers in the design and implementation of systems delivering high throughput personalized experiences

  • Drive the planning, design, and implementation of both short term projects and long term infrastructure initiatives

  • Interface with a variety of stakeholders to define requirements and project timelines

  • Efficiently operate mission-critical cloud-based services, with an emphasis in reliability, security, and performance

  • Analyze and resolve complex engineering problems involving high trafficked web and mobile application services and APIs

  • Work with the team to iteratively improve development practices and processes

  • Perform code reviews and guide the technical direction of the team

  • Help with full-stack development when needed
    Research and experiment with the latest and greatest technologies to identify, evangelize, and apply them to current and future projects

Basic Qualifications:

  • 8+ years of relevant industry experience

  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and manage the deployment/operations of complex web service tiers and persistence layers

  • Can lead a small team of software engineers, providing mentorship and setting technical direction

  • Excellent programming skills and strong knowledge of the Java platform and Java web applications and frameworks (Spring/Tomcat/etc)

  • Deep understanding of web architecture including HTTP, caching and API delivery paradigms (REST, GraphQL)

  • Strong understanding of both relational and NoSQL Persistence stores and the ability to determine which is the right tool for the job

  • Experience with developing for public clouds like Google Cloud Platform (GCP) or Amazon Web Services (AWS)

  • Knowledge of authentication & authorization systems such as OAuth, Token Auth or LDAP

  • Experience with full software development lifecycle and common best practices like unit testing, collaborative version control flows, and continuous integration

  • Proven ability to work on a diverse scope of software and database projects requiring detailed analysis and creative/practical problem solving

  • Strong analytical skills and capabilities for resolving a wide range of issues in innovative ways

  • Self-starter with an interest in industry trends and a passion for innovation and raising the bar

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven experience developing, monitoring, and maintaining high-volume and highly-available distributed systems

  • Demonstrated ability to recruit and manage technical teams, including performance management

  • Experience with real-time messaging frameworks, such as Kafka or AWS Messaging services

  • Hands-on experience performing DevOps duties and developing infrastructure as code (Jenkins, TeamCity, AWS CloudFormation, Terraform, Kubernetes)

  • Natural leader with the ability to organize, energize, and influence others

Required Education

  • Degree in Computer Science or related field, and/or equivalent work experience

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 segment 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 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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