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Associate R&D Imagineer - Creative Technologist

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 884179BR Location Glendale, California, United States Business Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted Apr. 07, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

Job Summary:

Walt Disney Imagineering makes the impossible possible, by combining innovation and storytelling to bring Disney stories, characters and worlds to life. Imagineering is the master planning, creative development, design, engineering, production, project management, and research and development arm of The Walt Disney Company. Its talented corps of Imagineers is responsible for the creation - from concept initiation through installation - of all Disney Resorts, theme parks and attractions, real estate developments, regional entertainment venues, and new media projects. Disney Imagineers are uniquely talented individuals that bring together the best aspects of creativity, innovation, and passion.

At Imagineering Research and Development, our mission is to use technology to build new experiences for our Guests and new tools for Imagineers and the Cast Members who power our parks. R&D is a team of engineers, designers, artists and scientists who share a passion for solving hard problems and building ground-breaking experiences. As a creative technologist, you use your unique combination of creative and technical expertise to design, visualize and prototype new experiences. You’ll work with cross-disciplinary teams to translate ideas into something tangible. Using a variety of medium, from drawings, diagrams or visualization to hardware and software prototype, what you build will inform and inspire.

Responsibilities:

  • Translate new, innovative experience and technology concepts into visuals for discussion and iteration (e.g. concept sketches, 3D modeling, graphic design, technical drawings, animation, infographics)

  • Help build and support small and large-scale interactive prototypes, mock-ups, and play-tests using a variety of industry-standard and Disney-proprietary software and hardware tools

  • Persuasively pitch compelling new experience concepts to project team and R&D leadership

  • Provide necessary inputs to Project Leads and Technical Program Managers to assist in the definition of project scope, schedule, and budget for new development concepts

  • Collaborate across diverse cross-functional teams, communicating clearly and with a positive and inclusive attitude

  • Assist in or be solely responsible for the development and delivery of presentations and demos that clearly and persuasively communicate projects to a variety of stakeholders, including high-level executives

  • Keep up-to-date on the evolving social, cultural, technology, and design landscape and apply knowledge of new trends and innovation in the marketplace

  • Contribute to the culture and community of the department, adding value to the organization outside of direct assignments

Basic Qualifications:

  • Portfolio that demonstrates strong design skills and sensibilities, with a well-developed sense of aesthetics (e.g. illustrations, presentations, graphic designs, 3D models, UI/UX mock-ups, production drawings)

  • Proven ability to efficiently prototype new experiences, turning concepts into tangible artifacts that can be experienced and tested

  • Driven by the idea of creating new experiences for people, that our technological development is always in service of delivering magic to our guests

  • A broad understanding, comfort, and enthusiasm for technology and the ability to quickly and proactively learn new technologies, techniques, and tools

  • Mastery of design and productivity applications (e.g. Apple Keynote, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, Google Apps)

  • Experience writing code and/or scripting

  • Strong presentation skills and professional writing skills

  • Responsibility and flexibility. Excellent time management skills combined with the adaptability required in a dynamic and constantly changing innovation environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with software prototyping tools and game engines (e.g. Unreal, Unity, Touch Designer, etc.)

  • Experience with hardware prototyping tools (e.g. Arduino, Raspberry Pi, microcontrollers, sensors, etc.)

  • Experience in 3D solid and/or surface modeling, rigging, or animation (e.g. Maya, SolidWorks, SketchUp)

  • Experience in the design and fabrication of physical objects, props, signage, or setwork (e.g. carpentry, 3D printing, solid/surface modeling, laser cutting, etc.)

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s or Master's degree or comparable industry experience in a field related to creative technology applications (e.g. Industrial Design, Product Design, Media Arts, Animation, Experience Design, Entertainment Technology, etc.)

  • Additional engineering degree, minor, or coursework preferred (e.g. Computer Science Engineering, Human- Computer Interaction, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering)

This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.



About Walt Disney Imagineering:

Founded in 1952 as WED Enterprises to design and build the world’s first theme park — Disneyland — Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) is where imagination and creativity combine with cutting-edge technology to create unforgettable experiences. WDI is the creative force that imagines, designs and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions and cruise ships worldwide. Imagineering’s unique strength comes from its diverse global team of creative and technical professionals, who build on Disney’s legacy of storytelling to pioneer new forms of entertainment. The Imagineers who practice this unique blend of art and science work in more than 100 disciplines to shepherd an idea all the way from “blue sky” concept phase to opening day.

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 Imagineering Research & Development, Inc., which is part of a business we call Walt Disney Imagineering.

Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development, Inc. 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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