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Executive R&D-Technology & Engineering

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10062731 Location Glendale, California, United States Business Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted Sep. 15, 2023

Job Summary:

Walt Disney Imagineering

If you can dream it, you can do it… When you blend creative imagination and world class storytelling with technical know-how and innovation, you get what we call, Walt Disney Imagineering. Making people across the world happy is our business, and with over 150 disciplines as part of our practice, we know your talents will find a home and flourish as a Disney Imagineer.  As our founder and namesake was fond of saying, “we’re just getting started.” Join us on new adventures to help create life-long memories that spark our guests’ imaginations and fill their hearts with joy.

Walt Disney Imagineering is the creative force that imagines, designs and brings to life all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions and cruise ships worldwide. Working across a spectrum of disciplines that range from creative and conceptual to scientific and technical, Imagineers blend an innovative mixture of storytelling, art, science and technology to create immersive experiences, memorable destinations, and innovative entertainment for families around the globe.

Nearly every project at Walt Disney Imagineering includes a first-of-its-kind. Innovation is in our DNA, and Imagineers constantly push the boundaries of technology and invent new goals as well as the solutions to achieve them. As Imagineers, one of our greatest rewards is knowing that the experiences and environments we create inspire others. The diversity of expertise at Imagineering makes us uniquely capable of influencing positive change in our communities and around the world. And knowing that we have helped make a difference is incredibly fulfilling and inspiring for all of us.

Executive Research & Development-Technology & Engineering

Executive Research & Development-Technology & Engineering (Senior Vice President) at Walt Disney Imagineering is a critical leadership role responsible for overseeing and driving the organization's Technology and Research & Development strategy and initiatives by bridging art with technology.  At Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development this "magic" emerges from the application of world-class technology and everything from new Guest-facing experiences to new tools for Imagineers and Cast Members who power our parks and bring that magic to life. Our team of engineers, designers, artists and scientists share a passion for solving impossible problems and building ground-breaking experiences.

Included in the technology and engineering studio is the AI Character Studio. This team enables a new generation of fans and guests to interact, talk and connect with some of the most beloved characters in the world. Its charter includes developing new character interaction paradigms, the production of complete character experiences, and the development and support of a robust, scalable, cloud-based AI entertainment platform supporting real-time AI-driven applications with up to millions of concurrent users.

The Executive Research & Development-Technology & Engineering will work closely with the senior leadership team to develop and implement a vision for the use of technology across all aspects of the Imagineering business, including the design and development of theme parks and other immersive entertainment experiences. In addition, the leader will be responsible for maintaining relationships with key partners, vendors, and other stakeholders across the Walt Disney Company to ensure that the organization has access to the latest and most innovative trends and solutions.  The executive will be responsible for leading a large team of research and technology professionals, including researchers, scientist, engineers, designers, artist, and project managers, and will provide guidance and direction to this team to ensure that all projects are delivered on time and within budget.


  • Minimum of 10 years progressive and innovative experience in a technology leadership role
  • Demonstrated understanding of research & development, engineering, software development and project management methodologies
  • Familiarity and appreciation for AI
  • Strong leadership and management skills, with experience leading and motivating teams of technology professionals
  • Futurist and imaginative leader who can create, develop, and implement a vision and innovative strategies
  • Orchestrator who is adept at networking and navigating across multiple businesses and stakeholders
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships with key stakeholders
  • A proven track record of delivering projects on time and within budget

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience leading large scale entertainment and immersive experiences
  • Experience with robotics


  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering, or equivalent experience

The hiring range for this position in Glendale, California is $354,240 to $475,200 per year. 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 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: 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 Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc., which is part of a business we call Walt Disney Imagineering.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc. 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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