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Staff Systems Engineer - Platform & Infrastructure, Render Services

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10066411 Location Burbank, California, United States Business Walt Disney Animation Studios Date posted Oct. 10, 2023

Job Summary:

The Platform & Infrastructure team at Walt Disney Animation Studios, is responsible for building tools and managing infrastructure that the studio uses daily to assist with creating celebrated feature animation films. Among other things, the team designs, implements, and manages the tools and infrastructure for artist desktops, storage, and rendering systems. We are seeking a Staff Engineer with strong expertise in Linux to innovate and support the next generation of tools and services needed for our current and future films.

The Staff Engineer will provide technical leadership and guidance to provide Walt Disney Animation Studios with highly available and scalable Linux infrastructure services. This includes system analysis, design, troubleshooting, and integration of new products and developing tools and strategies to improve existing systems.

Qualified candidates will have demonstrated expertise in design and management of tools and services dedicated to Linux desktop, high performance storage, and render-farm operations. Critical to success in this role is an aptitude for working with a technical team to develop requirements and strategies, and to support the Linux infrastructure.

This position is located at our studio in Burbank, CA.


  • Architect, Implement and support infrastructure to deliver systems and services with high availability and reliability.

  • Architect the design and implementation of render-farm, high performance storage, and job scheduling software.

  • Perform cross-functional troubleshooting of complex issues, as required

  • Demonstrated ownership for the projects delivered by your new team and department

  • A passion for mentoring, learning, and adapting to a very dynamic and fast paced environment

  • A proven ability to work with product teams to translate requirements into well-defined technical implementations, as well as the ability to define

  • A keen eye for potential optimizations and/or enhancements to our services

  • Manage multiple projects, balance, and prioritize work

  • Document engineering solutions so that services are delivered in an effective and efficient manner

  • Perform special projects, other duties or functions as requested by management or assigned

  • Establishes and maintains good working relationships with all team members, partners, and customers and demonstrates a willingness to collaborate on all things

  • Adhere to all policies, rules, regulations, and procedures

Required Qualifications:

  • BS or MS in Computer Science/Engineering or relevant work experience

  • 7+ years of software engineering experience

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Strong programming (C/C++ and Python or other related programming languages)

  • Understanding of the Linux kernel and/or deep system level design knowledge, and native C APIs

  • Familiarity with QT C++ APIs

  • Strong knowledge of network attached storage and access protocols, such as NFS or SMB

  • Great communication, collaboration skills and a strong teamwork ethic with both technical and non-technical audiences

  • Strive for excellence

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with both relational and non-relational database technologies such as MongoDB, ELK, and Postgres

  • AWS, GCP or any other cloud platform

  • Experience with Terraform, Docker and Kubernetes

  • Experience with media and entertainment workflows

  • Basic understanding of network routing, switching and network security principles

  • Knowledge of storage area networking

The hiring range for this position in California is $124,000.00-$166,200.00 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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