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Principal Software Engineer

Glendale, California, United States

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Job ID 889572BR Location Glendale, California, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Nov. 20, 2021

Job Summary:

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) brings together the Company’s best-in-class product, technology, and commercialization teams together into one global organization. DMED is responsible for the P&L management and all distribution, network and engineering operations, sales, advertising, data, and certain key technology functions worldwide for the Company's content engines. DMED also manages operations of the Company's streaming services including Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, and Disney+ HotStar, as well as domestic broadcast and cable television networks.

DMED Technology creates products, platforms, and innovations for the DMED Segment and The Walt Disney Company by driving the strategic development and use of technology, building scalable systems and products to empower our businesses and engage consumers. With global scale, local presence, and deep technological excellence, DMED Technology helps DMED and The Walt Disney Company optimize technology, platforms, and resources, while bringing creative ideas to life and creating industry-shaping approaches.

As part of DMED Technology, the DMED Consumer Experiences & Platforms pillar is responsible for creating the consumer facing applications across ABC, ABC News, the Disney Channel, ESPN, FX, National Geographic, Marvel, and more.

We’re looking for a Principal Software Engineer to help us build ground breaking digital experiences. This role reports to the Director of Engineering, Sports Portfolio and is responsible for the technical direction, architecture, and oversight of native mobile and connected device applications using a variety of platforms (Android, iOS, Apple TV, Fire TV, etc) and languages (Objective-C, Swift, Java, Kotlin, etc) for ESPN/ESPN+. Focus areas are to provide technical direction, collaborate with cross-functional leads to define architectures, and provide thought leadership in mobile engineering.

This is a highly collaborative role where partnership and relationship building with many different non-technical lines of business and other technology teams will be critical. The ideal candidate is a smart, results-oriented person with a mix of passion for outstanding application architecture and coding, who also has the soft skills of building relationships and consensus.


  • Build well-designed, well-engineered, stable, performant native mobile and connected device applications using a variety of platforms (Android, iOS, Apple TV, Fire TV, etc) and languages (Objective-C, Swift, Java, Kotlin, etc).
  • Collaborate with cross-functional team tech leads to define, communicate, and coordinate software architectures.
  • Support mobile teams in creating Proofs of Concept for new technologies and design patterns.
  • Effectively communicate technical solutions and recommendations to business stakeholders, program team members, technical leadership, and team.
  • Provide thought leadership in mobile engineering and bring your passion for technology to motivate and inspire on a day-to-day basis.
  • Deliver an outstanding experience for our Fans

Basic Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of full software development lifecycle experience.
  • Deep understanding and expertise in building mobile apps for at least one platform (Android, iOS, Apple TV, Fire TV, etc.) and languages (Objective-C, Swift, Java, Kotlin, etc.).
  • Strong knowledge of mobile UI design principles, patterns, and best practices.
  • Passionate about writing clean, well-organized, and production-ready code.
  • Self-motivated with strong problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication skills and experience working collaboratively with cross-functional teams of product managers, designers, and engineers.
  • Be organized and able to remain productive even when you have multiple deliverables.
  • BS or BA in Computer Science, Engineering, or related field or equivalent experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience developing applications for both iOS and Android.
  • Experience developing applications for OTT platforms (Apple TV, Fire TV, etc).

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 segment 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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