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Sr Software Engineer

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10089226 Location Burbank, California, United States / Bristol, Connecticut, United States Business Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology Date posted May 14, 2024

Job Summary:

Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology

On any given day at Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology, we’re reimagining ways to create magical viewing experiences for the world’s most beloved stories while also transforming Disney’s media business for the future. Whether that’s evolving our streaming and digital products in new and immersive ways, powering worldwide advertising and distribution to maximize flexibility and efficiency, or delivering Disney’s unmatched entertainment and sports content, every day is a moment to make a difference to partners and to hundreds of millions of people around the world.

A few reasons why we think you’d love working for Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology

  • Building the future of Disney’s media business: DE&E Technologists are designing and building the infrastructure that will power Disney’s media, advertising, and distribution businesses for years to come.
  • Reach & Scale: The products and platforms this group builds and operates delight millions of consumers every minute of every day – from Disney+ and Hulu, to ABC News and Entertainment, to ESPN and ESPN+, and much more.
  • Innovation: We develop and execute groundbreaking products and techniques that shape industry norms and enhance how audiences experience sports, entertainment & news.

Content Operations is ultimately responsible for successfully delivering Disney’s entertainment and sports content to millions of people every day. This involves developing, operating, and managing a global content supply chain – the myriad of steps involved from taking a finalized TV show/movie, or live piece of content, from inside Disney to audiences around the globe, in their preferred language and format. This team also manages technology operations in Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Job Summary:

Content Platform Engineering is hiring a Senior Software Engineer 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.

Responsibilities and Duties of the Role:

You will be building scalable, maintainable, and well-tested software solutions which are flexible 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
  • Mentor junior engineers and conduct code reviews

Required Education, Experience/Skills/Training:

Minimum Qualifications

  • 5+ years Experience with Java or Kotlin, and Spring Framework
  • Experience with common backend technologies such as GraphQL, 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 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 
  • 5+ 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 


  • BS Computer Science or related technical discipline or its equivalent 

The hiring range for this position in California is $136,100 to $182,400. 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 Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology:

Disney Entertainment and ESPN Technology (DE&E Technology) provides the technological backbone and product development for Disney’s two media business units, while helping to keep the company at the vanguard of innovation – enabling the Company to continuously leverage technology to enhance storytelling and creativity, while delivering scalability, flexibility, and efficiency for its businesses.

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 that includes three core business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, and Disney Experiences. 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 Entertainment & ESPN Technology.

Disney Streaming Technology LLC 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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