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Senior Manager, Application Engineering

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 7084641220220515 Location Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States Business The Walt Disney Company (Corporate) Date posted Jul. 28, 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 Disney Decision Science and Integration (DDSI) team is responsible for supporting clients across The Walt Disney Company including Disney Parks, Experiences and Products (DPEP), Media Networks (e.g., ABC, ESPN, etc.), Studio Entertainment (The Walt Disney Studios, Disney Theatrical), and Corporate Finance.  DDSI leverages technology, data analytics, optimization, statistical and econometric modeling to build innovative tools that shape business decisions and drive business value.

Candidates should have a natural curiosity to understand the "why" behind business performance, take a proactive role in problem-solving, be results oriented, be able to prioritize and be a team player in a collaborative environment. 

As a Senior Manager, Application Engineering, you will lead the development and implementation of advanced analytic solutions for various business segments across the Walt Disney Company. This role will require strong people leadership experience as well as application design and development.  You will also need a broad computing background, understanding of infrastructure needs, excellent analytical and quantitative skills, and the ability to deliver creative solutions to complex problems.


  • Lead application engineering and infrastructure planning for multiple complex projects and initiatives to drive the implementation of analytical systems that improve business results.
  • Lead direct reports which may include managers and professional staff specializing in different technical disciplines. May also manage the work of further professional staff in a matrixed organization.
  • Work with leadership and peers to define strategic direction for the team and department.
  • Ensure proper staffing and prioritization to accomplish the team’s goals
  • Manage the Software Development Lifecycle using a combination of waterfall and agile techniques
  • Define and implement scalable, efficient, and automated processes
  • Leverage business, technical, and leadership experience to set application and architectural direction for your area
  • Responsible for scope negotiation, work estimation, resourcing, design proposals, adaptation of plans to meet operational challenges, and representation of the team with senior leaders and with partners
  • Drive evaluation and adoption of emerging tools, technologies, and platforms
  • Partner with Decision Science teams to integrate data science advancements into end-to-end solutions
  • Partner with Disney Technology teams to define infrastructure implementation and sustainment standards

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum three years establishing and leading large software development teams
  • Minimum seven years of software development and technology experience
  • Ability to lead managers and guide them through decision making processes
  • Demonstrated experience influencing others, including senior leaders, across multiple lines of business
  • Ability to identify, evaluate, and implement new technology platforms, tools and solutions to meet upcoming business needs
  • Demonstrated ability to champion projects and initiatives from beginning through implementation, meet deadlines, and balance multiple priorities
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, including ability to assess options and recommend solutions
  • Experience working with cloud infrastructure such as AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, or equivalent
  • Experience working with complex and large volumes of data; understanding of databases and query languages
  • Experience leading career planning for your team
  • Experience building partnerships with other departments and vendors
  • Ability to adapt to rapidly changing business environments and manage multiple priorities
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal skills with the ability to communicate with both technical and non-technical teams

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum five years leading large technical teams specializing in application development
  • Minimum two years working with AWS, including EC2, Lambda, S3, and IAM
  • Statistical and data science knowledge, and experience with analytic applications
  • Relevant industry knowledge (media, entertainment, theme parks, resorts, etc.)
  • Hands-on experience with Python, Django, and front-end tools such as HTML, Javascript, and ReactJS
  • Experience with analytics tools like SAS, Databricks, or similar
  • Experience configuring/tuning software applications and database connections
  • Experience with visualization concepts and tools
  • Experience with project management tools such as Smartsheet, Jira, MS Project, or similar

Required Education

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Industrial Engineering, Mathematics or equivalent.

Preferred Education

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, a quantitative field, or equivalent

Company Overview

At Disney, we‘re storytellers. We make the impossible, possible. We do this through utilizing and developing cutting-edge technology and pushing the envelope to bring stories to life through our movies, products, interactive games, parks and resorts, and media networks. Now is your chance to join our talented team that delivers unparalleled creative content to audiences around the world.

About The Walt Disney Company (Corporate):

At Disney Corporate you can see how the businesses behind the Company’s powerful brands come together to create the most innovative, far-reaching and admired entertainment company in the world. As a member of a corporate team, you’ll work with world-class leaders driving the strategies that keep The Walt Disney Company at the leading edge of entertainment. See and be seen by other innovative thinkers as you enable the greatest storytellers in the world to create memories for millions of families around the globe.

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 Worldwide Services, Inc., which is part of a business we call The Walt Disney Company (Corporate).

Disney Worldwide Services, 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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