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Senior Manager, Program Management

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 7122926520220515 Location Glendale, California, United States / Town of Bristol, Connecticut, United States / San Francisco, California, United States / New York, New York, United States / Seattle, Washington, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution 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:

The Next Generation Storytelling Studio is an organization supporting the entire Walt Disney Company that is focused on creating new canvases for storytelling and audience engagement in a connected world of physical, digital and virtual experiences.

The Next Generation Storytelling Studio is seeking a strong leader to lead our Program Management team who will drive exceptional delivery on innovative and next generation programs across the Walt Disney Company. This candidate is skilled at the art of bringing a diverse set of team members and stakeholders together to determine scope, plan out the work needed, monitor, and communicate progress and pro-actively manage risks, issues, and dependencies.   

The ideal candidate will be a skilled cross-functional collaborator, with experience in emerging technology and consumer-oriented technology services.  The role requires a solid foundation in program management, project management, cross-functional team collaboration, and the ability to rapidly synthesize complex information and drive development across multiple stakeholder groups. 

Organizing and planning comes instinctively. This person is working in partnership with product and engineering to clear obstacles, drive progress and make sure everyone is clearly informed on status and the critical path. This person is a strong communicator, comfortable interacting with engineering teams as well as executive leadership. 


  • Develop the end to end delivery model for the Next Generation Storytelling Studio that including initiation, planning, delivery and launch processes.  

  • Drive execution and delivery of multiple programs and projects from start to finish 

  • Create and collaboration on the Next Generation Storytelling communications plan and ensure it is being followed by all teams  

  • Distill business and product requirements into actionable, detailed specifications for the team members 

  • Create complete project and deployment plans for end-to-end delivery with appropriate documentation. 

  • Estimate, manage and track the program financial forecasts and budgets 

  • Provide guidance for end to end testing and the triage of bug defects 

  • Partner with business and technical teams to launch new features and enhancements using an agile approach quickly and efficiently 

  • Continuously monitor and report on program execution to the teams, program leadership, executive management, and external stakeholders

  • Forecast, manage and pro-actively escalate and mitigate risks and issues 

  • Build strong relationships across engineering, product, and stakeholder teams 

  • Entrepreneurial mindset identifying and developing new business opportunities  

  • Interact and build consensus with a diverse set of technical and non-technical stakeholders 


  • BA/BS or equivalent experience required 

  • 10 or more years of progressively complex related program/project management experience in a technical setting 

  • 3+ years of management experience 

  • CSM, PMP Certification preferred 

  • 5+ years’ experience in the media industry, preferably with experience in digital products and emerging technology. 

  • Experience managing programs with budgets exceeding 20M 

  • Strong team player who is also an independent thinker; effective at building relationships, collaborating, and influencing others; experience working with senior executives across various geographies and functions.  

  • Understanding of software development model including Agile/Scrum, Waterfall, Kanban methodologies 

  • Knowledge and experience with the software development life cycle & system integration projects; experience in advertising platforms or media preferred 

  • Knowledge of program management, analysis and reporting tools, JIRA/Confluence, Smartsheet 


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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