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Job ID 763940BR Location London, England, United Kingdom Business Disney Streaming Services Date posted Sep. 15, 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 end of March 2020 we launched in some parts of Europe and we now have over 60 million subscribers globally.

We are looking for a Scala Tech Lead to join us from our Waterloo, London office as we continue to scale our Products globally.

The User Services Teams:

We are functional scala enthusiasts (Cats / Scalaz / ZIO / shapeless etc) that care about following best practice.

We're responsible for things like registration, login and authentication, profiles and personalisation, and compliance for Disney+ & ESPN+.

Our UK teams work in small, cross-functional squads that promote Agile practices. As a backend development team, we are experienced advocates of functional programming so you can expect to join a team that is applying principles from FP, Reactive Programming, and Distributed Computing to build these services, using Scala, Akka, Kafka, Play, and Cats, as well a wide range of cloud-native technologies including AWS (Kinesis, DynamoDB, Lambda), Docker and Serverless. We operate a "You build it, you run it” culture within our teams.

What you will do:

You will be a key member of a software development team, leading the design and production of services and functionality to support Identity management capabilities across Disney+ and ESPN+. This Includes high traffic API services, event-driven processes, a sizable globally-distributed data repository and the provision of real-time data streams.

You will contribute to and be part of an engaging, dynamic and inclusive engineering team, grounded in scrum and agile practices, CI/CD, great collaboration, functional programming and are motivated by a commitment to continuous learning and improvement

You will:

  • Collaborate in the design, build, and evolution of the backend services that power the Disney+ platform

  • Manage a product engineering team, ultimately responsible for the delivery of that product

  • Mentor your team to improve technical ability and build a profile within and outside the organisation

  • Engineer technical software solutions primarily using Scala based microservices deployed within AWS infrastructure

  • Support high traffic API services, globally distributed data and apply event-driven architectures

  • Influence and drive software engineering and architecture best practices and standards within the team and the wider community

  • Challenge technical and architectural decisions within the team

You'll fit in well if you:

  • Have commercial functional programming experience, preferably with Scala.

  • Have experience with Cloud Infrastructure, preferably with AWS.

  • Think not just in terms of code, but architecture. You communicate your ideas effectively to others within your team.

  • Have data systems experience with relational or NoSQL DBs preferably at scale.

  • Are experienced building highly available, mission-critical, high traffic systems.

  • Event-driven systems, data streaming and analytics, and challenges of distributed and globally available systems engineering.

  • Contributions to the technical community, either through blogs, internal workshops, meetups or conferences.

  • Broad and deep technical knowledge and hands-on expertise with many disparate technologies and programming languages.

  • Ability to dive deep into any technical component as well as understand and drive the overall systems architecture.

  • Excellent at articulating problems and bringing together peers to achieve the best solution for the business.

  • Demonstrate significant creativity and high judgment in your work.

  • You are looked to as an expert in your given field.

The interview process:

The process is straight forward 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 the 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 from here 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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