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Manager, AI/ML Engineering

Apply NowApply Later NOTE: We have a new application system, please create a new account if you have not done so yet when applying. Job ID 7057959220220515 Location Glendale, California, United States Business Studios Content Date posted Jul. 27, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

- 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.

Job Summary:

Job Overview :

The Walt Disney Studios is comprised of a large team of creative professionals who produce and acquire live-action and animated motion pictures, direct-to-video content, musical recordings, and live stage plays that tell memorable, life-changing stories. Few media and entertainment companies can rival the brands we have the honor of bringing to the world.

As part of the Studio Technology team you’ll be joining a group of seasoned, dedicated technologists solving a range of creative problems in innovative ways within an exciting and dynamic industry.

We are looking for a Manager, AI/ML Engineering to join our StudioLAB team: The Manager, AI/ML Engineering will lead the strategic vision and strategy of the AI/ML team in partnership with the Director, Product Development. They will also manage, mentor, and motivate a team of ML software engineers responsible for innovative machine learning tools, platforms, and systems that are focused on any and all points of the movie-making pipeline, from ideation and production to distribution and experience.

We are looking for a subject matter expert who remains up-to-date on AI industry trends, brings industry expertise and knowledge to apply to innovation, and proposes projects aligned to business objectives.

To be successful in this role, you must be an innovative and insightful technical leader, with a good understanding of both key AI/ML technologies and software engineering practices that support technologies for real-world products. You need to have excellent communication skills for guiding and collaborating with complex cross-functional teams, and interfacing with leadership.  An ability to be flexible and work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment is key.

Responsibilities :

  • Manages a team of AI software engineers, accountable for day-to-day performance of the team, operations, and key results
  • Leads the innovation, development, and improvement of work for their AI/ML projects
  • Partner closely with AI researchers, technical lead, product managers, and vendors to determine business objectives and requirements, successful design, architecture, implementation and deployment of complex systems.
  • Track AI industry trends and propose innovation projects that can address business objectives.
  • Manages the development, testing and implementation of software that meets established specifications on time and within budget.
  • Responsible for ensuring team has appropriate & high technical competence through headcount planning, recruitment, and career development and performance assessment.

Basic Qualifications :

  • 8+ years’ experience designing and building software applications
  • 2+ years’ of technical and engineering leadership experience
  • Excellent proficiency in Python
  • Experience or familiarity with:
    • Developing software for highly sensitive content and/or data
    • Machine learning software architecture and design
    • AI model product ionization
    • Machine learning tools such as PyTorch, Keras/Tensorflow
    • Machine learning models such as CNNs, GANs, Transformers, LSTMs
    • Deep learning optimization techniques
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills, including ability to guide, influence, and persuade others cross-functionally at all levels
  • Highly knowledgeable in AI industry technology trends
  • Ability to collaborate effectively in a remote, distributed team environment
  • Strong ability to operate in ambiguity and resourcefulness working on large assignments with tight deadlines

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Experience deploying software for video streaming platforms and film production workflows
  • Experience in image processing, rendering, computer vision
  • Demonstrated software engineering experience via an internship, work experience, coding competitions, or published papers

Required Education :

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent; Master’s a plus.


Additional Information!:


About Studios Content:

The Studios Content group encompasses a collection of world-class entertainment studios that produce high-quality cinematic storytelling for both theatrical and streaming release. It is also home to Disney Theatrical Productions, producer of popular stage shows on Broadway and around the world.

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 Pictures, which is part of a business we call Studios Content.

Walt Disney Pictures 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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