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Job ID 765139BR Location London, England, United Kingdom Business Disney Streaming Services Date posted Sep. 04, 2020

Job Summary:

Disney Streaming Services is responsible for developing and operating The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer video businesses globally, including the ESPN+ premium sports streaming service; Disney+, the dedicated streaming home for entertainment from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars & National Geographic.

Our core mission is to deliver global audiences the freedom to access content on their terms across any connected device, time or location. We serve consumers by bringing the world’s most beloved characters, timeless stories, legendary athletes, and epic sporting events to global audiences through best-in-class direct-to-consumer video services.

We strive daily to imaginatively challenge convention with innovative technology that gives consumers the freedom to access content on their terms across any connected device, time or location. Disney+ launched in North America, Australia, and New Zealand at the end of 2019. At the beginning of April 2020 we launched in some parts of Europe and we now have over 50 million subscribers globally.

We need your help to continue to scale until we've built a platform that can be accessed from anywhere at any time.

The User Services Team:

User Services is developing and supporting a highly distributed system that manages accounts, devices, profiles and other aspects of user data, ensuring a smooth and secure user journey. The activity data streams from our many services power several critical systems owned by other teams. We always look for ways to improve performance and experience for both internal and external users of our system.

Our teams work in small, cross-functional squads that promote Agile practices. We are an experienced backend development team who embrace functional programming, so you can expect to join a team that is applying principles from FP, Reactive Programming and Distributed Computing to build services using Scala, Akka, Play, Http4s and Cats. We use a wide range of cloud-native technologies including AWS (Kinesis, DynamoDB, Lambda), Docker.

The User Services team started out as part of Cake Solutions, a prominent Scala consultancy. Cake was acquired by Disney in 2018, so we have a lot of experienced engineers that are known across the Scala community.

We have a mature DevOps culture in place, where the team is responsible for the infrastructure and deployment of those applications - "You build it, you run it."

What you will do:

You will have the opportunity to work on interesting projects using Scala, Kinesis and DynamoDB with the aim to build software that is distributed, reactive and scalable.


You will:

  • Contribute to a significant part of the implementation and deployment of services within your team.

  • Work on challenging projects with large distributed systems that power Disney+ and ESPN+.

  • Apply principled engineering practices including unit testing, integration testing, continuous integration.

  • Develop your technical understanding to support and build your career through mentors and pairing.

You'll fit in well if you:

  • Have some commercial experience with Scala.

  • Have experience or at least an interest in functional programming.

  • We’d love to see some experience in building highly resilient services using Akka/Play/Http4s in Scala, but any JVM (Scala, Java, Clojure) or Functional Language (Haskel, Lisp, Scheme) background is great!

  • Have experience with public cloud technologies - we use AWS.

  • Have experience with or an interest in DevOps tooling, we use both Cloudformation and Terraform.

  • Knowledge of applying object-oriented and functional programming styles to real-world software engineering problems.

  • Demonstrable understanding of high-quality coding and testing practices.

  • Familiarity and experience (but at least curiosity) of continuous integration and continuous delivery practices.

  • An appetite to learn new technologies and a drive for continual improvement.


The interview process:

The process is straightforward and has 3 main stages. You'll be pleased to hear there's not a take-home test and the whole process can be done remotely if necessary.

It begins with an initial and very informal introduction call with our in-house recruiter. From there if we both agree there's a good match, you'll have a 1-hour fact-finding/fairly technical meeting with two members of the tech team. If we both agree to progress, this will be followed by a 2-hour meeting with another two members of the engineering team. This stage will include a pair programming exercise.

Additional Information:

We are (all things considered) a co-located end to end backend development team based out of our Waterloo office, and although currently, our teams are working remotely because of COVID, when it is safe to return to the office, we will do. We already have a relaxed and flexible approach to remote work and working hours but we agree we work at our best when we can collaborate in close proximity.

On offer is a competitive salary which is complemented by a Disney benefits and rewards package which includes LTI bonus (long-term incentive), pension, holiday allowance, annual bonuses, Disney parks & resorts passes and discounts on Disney merchandise.

If you would like to see more of the work we’re doing, follow us on Linkedin and Twitter, or follow our new Technology Blog “Disney Streaming Services - The Art of Possible”.

We are an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, colour, religion or belief, sex, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, disability or pregnancy or maternity. 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.

About Disney Streaming Services:

Disney Streaming Services is responsible for developing and operating The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer video businesses globally, including the ESPN+ premium sports streaming service; Disney+, the dedicated streaming home for entertainment from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and BAMTECH Media, a global leader in direct-to-consumer video streaming products and solutions. Our core mission is to deliver global audiences the freedom to access content on their terms across any connected device, time or location. We serve consumers by bringing the world’s most beloved characters, timeless stories, legendary athletes, and epic sporting events to global audiences through best-in-class direct-to-consumer video services. We strive daily to imaginatively challenge convention with innovative technology that gives consumers the freedom to access content on their terms across any connected device, time or location.

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 Cake Solutions Limited, which is part of a business segment we call Disney Streaming Services.

Cake Solutions Limited is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, colour, religion or belief, sex, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, disability or pregnancy or maternity. 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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