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Principal Software Engineer - ESPN Watch Services

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 7113239720220206 Location Glendale, California, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Jul. 29, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid Preferred, Remote Possible

- 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. A remote opportunity may be possible for qualified candidates under certain circumstances and, if granted, the employee would work remotely on an ongoing basis.

Job Summary:

Principal Software Engineer – ESPN Watch Services

Location: Glendale/Burbank, CA; Bristol, CT; Seattle, WA

The Walt Disney Company has a rich tradition of creating innovative products and magical experiences for millions of people around the world. Software Engineers are at the heart of that innovation and magic, building platforms, services, tools and infrastructure for an unmatched collection of content and brands such as ESPN, Disney, and ABC.

As a member of a diverse and talented organization, the principal software engineer architects elegant and extensible solutions, at scale, using modern frameworks and technologies to deliver the foundation that powers the products our guests and fans use every day.

If you:

  • Have experience architecting and building highly scalable software solutions
  • Demonstrate determination in finding solutions to complex puzzles
  • Are always on top of the latest technology advancements and know how to apply them on real world problems
  • Have the passion to lead by example and mentor junior engineers
  • Are not afraid to get your hands dirty and do what is needed to deliver major projects flawlessly and on time
  • Are passionate about software development
  • Love working in a startup culture

…then working at Disney is unlike anything else. We have the latest technology, game-changing ideas, and world-class talent. Come be a part of our team and help us find new ways to interact with users, however and wherever they connect with our brands.

Job Summary:

As a member of the Watch Services team, you will architect, build and support the APIs that deliver ESPN’s video content to all our platforms, and the authentication services that grant streaming access to Fans.  As a principal software engineer you will be responsible for designing extensible solutions, at scale, and advancing our platform onto modern frameworks and technologies. We are looking for a passionate, impactful technologist who seeks to bring the best out in themselves and those around them. Someone who can provide a fresh perspective and innovative insight to our initiatives.

Responsibilities and Duties of the Role:

  • Architect, design, implement, support and improve highly scalable, fault tolerant, business critical software applications
  • Contribute and review code, set standards, and work with engineers to ensure product and design specifications are met. Maintain a deep understanding of our core systems and how they interact with upstream and downstream dependencies.
  • Responsible for fundamental platform performance, scalability, and resiliency of multiple mission-critical cloud-based services. Lead cross-functional troubleshooting of complex issues as needed
  • Research, learn, and evangelize widespread adoption of new technologies and architecture patterns. Influence and contribute to department technical strategy and planning.
  • Provide mentoring to engineers on advanced technical issues. Provide guidance and enforcement of development practices and processes.

Required Education, Experience/Skills/Training:

  • Expertise in developing high volume, cached, fault tolerant, multi-threaded scalable systems
  • Mastery in Java and experience with multiple open-source technologies like Spring, Tomcat, Nginx, Solr, Elasticsearch, Redis, GraphQL, etc
  • Extensive knowledge in cloud-based technologies such as AWS EC2, ECS, Fargate, S3, Lambda, CloudFormation, RDS, etc.
  • Highly knowledgeable with hands-on experience on high throughput messaging systems like Kafka, SNS/SQS, Rabbit, etc (Kafka preferred)
  • Advanced experience working with relational databases (MySQL/Aurora/MS SQL) and NoSQL data stores (Dynamo, Mongo, Cassandra)
  • Extensive hands-on experience building scalable, low latency, high-throughput APIs
  • Expertise with full lifecycle of application development, including best practices of unit testing, code reviews, documentation, etc.
  • Experience with build and deployment technologies such as Jenkins and Docker
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to learn and adapt to new technologies. Can effectively articulate complex ideas and influence others through well-reasoned explanations
  • Enjoy working on a team setting with engineers of varying experience
  • Strong communication skills and attention to detail
  • 10+ years relevant industry experience
  • BS Computer Science or related technical discipline or its equivalent


About Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution:

Comprised of the Company’s international business units and various direct-to-consumer streaming services, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) aligns technology, media distribution and advertising sales into a single business segment to create and deliver personalized entertainment experiences to consumers 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 Disney Streaming Technology LLC, which is part of a business we call Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

Disney Streaming 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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