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Senior R&D Imagineer - Technical Program Manager - Productization

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 7107677920220402 Location Glendale, California, United States Business Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted Aug. 24, 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:

Walt Disney Imagineering makes the impossible possible, by combining innovation and storytelling to bring Disney stories, characters and worlds to life. Imagineering is the master planning, creative development, design, engineering, production, project management, and research and development arm of The Walt Disney Company. Its talented corps of Imagineers is responsible for the creation - from concept initiation through installation - of all Disney Resorts, theme parks and attractions, real estate developments, regional entertainment venues, and new media projects. Disney Imagineers are uniquely talented individuals that bring together the best aspects of creativity, innovation, and passion.

At Imagineering Research and Development, our mission is to use technology to build new experiences for our Guests and new tools for Imagineers and the Cast Members who power our parks. R&D is a team of engineers, designers, artists and scientists who share a passion for solving hard problems and building ground-breaking experiences.  The Technical Program Manager partners with teams across the department to deliver on the vision of next generation tools, technologies, and experiences.

This role combines a strong engineering and technology background with proven project management abilities to cultivate innovation and drive project execution.  As a Technical Program Manager, you are a critical part of turning ideas and prototypes into reality, collaborating with engineers and designers to define, scope, budget and execute project work. This role supports R&D’s productization efforts where you will use your engineering background and project management abilities to transform proof-of-concept technology into operable and reliable platforms.

Responsibilities :

  • Partner with R&D Project Leads to define the programmatic strategy to transform prototypes into operable, maintainable, and sustainable solutions
  • Create and maintain project requirements, scope, schedule, budget, staffing plans and project roadmaps
  • Build, lead and motivate diverse teams that include creatives, various types of engineers, manufacturing, vendors, operations, logistics, and shared services
  • Source, identify, and qualify external vendors through the generation of requests for proposals, conducting make/buy analyses, vendor down-selection matrices and working with legal to negotiate contracts for vendor selection
  • Drive communication across team members, project leads, executives, and project stake holders, creating and delivering information in different methods including verbal, written and visual
  • Risk analysis and development of mitigation strategies for technical, creative, business, regulatory and competitive risks
  • Define post-delivery sustainment requirements and level of effort estimates
  • Plan and execute internal and external play tests
  • Identify and deliver on technology transfer opportunities
  • Identify and recommend internal process improvements
  • Engender internal and external relationships
  • Contribute to the culture and community of the WDI R&D Studio

Basic Qualifications :

  • Minimum five years of experience in industries that leverage both software and hardware deliveries such as robotics/mechatronics, artificial intelligence, game engine/systems, aerospace or embedded systems technologies
  • Program/project management experience on software development projects with a proven ability to manage both large and small projects and selecting the appropriate workflow management methodology to accomplish the project goals (e.g. agile, kanban, integrated project management, etc.)
  • Embraces flexibility and adaptability as the team learns through prototyping and playtesting, adjusting project plans as needed
  • Translates high level scope/vision into actionable plans
  • Proven ability to clearly communicate the project vision, expectations, and outcomes to engineers, creatives and executives across all levels within the organization
  • Experienced in building and motivating highly effective teams
  • Works collaboratively on diverse teams
  • Thinks strategically and creatively to solve challenges
  • Manages & prioritizes multiple assignments in a highly dynamic R&D environment
  • Has a passion for technology and delivering new tools, platforms and experiences
  • Demonstrates a desire to constantly improve and adapt to new technologies
  • Is highly dependable with strong work ethic

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Experience with Autonomous Vehicles a plus 
  • Startup / entrepreneurial experience
  • Experience working with early development teams and prototype products
  • Computer science or systems engineering experience
  • PMP certification 

Required Education :

  • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, or computer science, systems engineering or related field

Benefits and Perks:

Disney offers a rewards package to help you live your best life. This includes health and savings benefits, educational opportunities and special extras that only Disney can provide. Learn more about our benefits and perks at


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: 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 WDI Research & Development, Inc., which is part of a business we call Walt Disney Imagineering.

WDI Research & Development, Inc. 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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