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Director - Technology, Data Platforms

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10042398 Location Glendale, California, United States / United States Business Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Date posted Feb. 28, 2023

This role is considered remote, which means the employee will work remotely on an ongoing basis and will not have an assigned workspace at a Company designated location.

Job Summary:

Director, Technology – Data Platforms

Job ID: 10042398

Location: Remote and CA or FL

The Data Products and Platforms organization at Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products (DPEP) has end-to-end responsibility for building, enhancing, and maintaining the data, analytics, BI and machine learning ecosystem used by a large community of users (analysts, data scientists, technology partners, business/operations teams, etc.) within DPEP and across The Walt Disney Company (TWDC). 

The Director, Technology – Data Platforms will be responsible for both the development and operations of the next generation data platform and toolsets. This highly technical role will require critical thinking and business acumen to make decisions that align to the strategic goals of the organization, navigating an environment with ambiguity and minimal direction.  This role is expected to drive a data platform vision, leading a team of managers, architects, engineers and product managers with a span of influence across the portfolio.


  • Lead the design, development and implementation of data and analytics solutions in support of the DPEP data strategy and roadmap, leveraging cloud-native technology, in order to enable data and insights self-service and agile data management across the segment
  • Oversee the day-to-day operation of the platform, ensuring high availability, scalability and performance and a data-driven approach to continuous measurement and optimization
  • Work closely with cross-functional teams, including data engineers, data scientists, analysts and business stakeholders to ensure the platform and tools meet their requirements
  • Conduct market research and evaluation of COTS products in the big data ecosystem, and foster key industry and academic partnerships, to continuously evolve the data platform architecture to support the growing needs of the business
  • Prototype new technologies and implement innovative solutions that enable teams to consume and understand data faster, including best in class BI tooling
  • Pioneer technical solutions that advance data security, privacy, and access governance
  • Architect extensible technical architectures to deliver the latest in machine learning, AI, and other emerging technology solutions

Required Qualifications:

  • BS/MS degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Math, Statistics, or related fields
  • 10 years of relevant experience in Data Engineering and Data Platforms
  • Advanced knowledge of Data Architecture, Data Warehousing, Advanced Analytics, and Data Science implementations, including the latest research and industry trends
  • Experience across Data Warehouse platforms such as Snowflake and BigQuery, with expert level knowledge in the Snowflake Platform
  • Expertise with Data Lakehouse architectures and formats/standards, such as Parquet and Iceberg
  • Experience designing automated, highly available ETL/ELT big data pipelines at scale, leveraging technologies such as Kinesis, Kafka and Google Pub/Sub
  • Experience with data transformation leveraging tooling, specifically DBT
  • Experience with orchestration tools like Airflow
  • Experience with Query Federation solutions like Starburst Presto
  • Knowledge of data quality practice and tooling such as SODA, Datadog, Anomalo
  • Familiarity with data security and privacy regulations, including tooling such as Privacera and Apache Ranger
  • Experience with Enterprise Data Governance practice, and tools, specifically Alation
  • Experience with BI (Business Intelligence) consumption tools like Tableau, Business Objects, SAS, and MicroStrategy
  • Expert knowledge of big data architecture for AI/ML integration patterns
  • Experience developing and deploying ML solutions at scale
  • Deep experience with data science tools such as SageMaker, Jupyter Notebooks, StreamLit, Dataiku
  • Understanding of MLOps practice and tooling, including feature cache and model management, such as SageMaker, mlflow, Google Colab, Google Data Studio, etc.
  • Knowledge of trends and tools in data and ML version management
  • Knowledge of trends and tools in ML observability
  • Comfortable with both technical and business responsibilities, you will be working with engineers, data scientists, operations managers, and business masterminds to build products and solve complex problems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication. Compelling storytelling and presentation skills.
  • A team player with vision, passion, discipline, and integrity
  • Demonstrated inclusive leadership that embraces diversity; ability to develop geographically and otherwise diverse highly technical teams
  • Proven ability to successfully operate in a highly matrix organizational system where partnership and influence are key drivers of success
  • Ability to work rapidly and efficiently in a fast paced and changing environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Machine Learning, Mathematics, or related quantitative field
  • Proven leadership within a complex organization holding a high-profile global brand

This role can be fully remote or onsite in CA or FL.

The hiring range for this remote position is $198,932 to $266,860 per year, which factors in various geographic regions. 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 Parks, Experiences and Products:

The Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment includes Disney’s iconic travel and leisure businesses, which include six resort destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia, a top-rated cruise line, a popular vacation ownership program, and an award-winning guided family adventure business. Disney’s global consumer products operations include the world’s leading licensing business across toys, apparel, home goods, digital games and apps; the world’s largest children’s publisher; Disney store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.

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 Attractions Technology LLC, which is part of a business we call Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.

Walt Disney Attractions 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. 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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