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Manager, Software Engineering (Full-Stack)

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10093033 Location Morrisville, North Carolina, United States / Santa Monica, California, United States / New York, New York, United States Business Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology Date posted Jun. 18, 2024

Job Summary:

Manager, Software Engineering (Media Engineering)

Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology

On any given day at Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology, we’re reimagining ways to create magical viewing experiences for the world’s most beloved stories while also transforming Disney’s media business for the future. Whether that’s evolving our streaming and digital products in new and immersive ways, powering worldwide advertising and distribution to maximize flexibility and efficiency, or delivering Disney’s unmatched entertainment and sports content, every day is a moment to make a difference to partners and to hundreds of millions of people around the world.

A few reasons why we think you’d love working here:

  • Building the future of Disney’s media business: DE&E Technologists are designing and building the infrastructure that will power Disney’s media, advertising, and distribution businesses for years to come.

  • Reach & Scale: The products and platforms this group builds and operates delight millions of consumers every minute of every day – from Disney+ and Hulu, to ABC News and Entertainment, to ESPN and ESPN+, and much more.

  • Innovation: We develop and execute groundbreaking products and techniques that shape industry norms and enhance how audiences experience sports, entertainment & news.

Media Engineering

Media Engineering is an innovative organization that is passionate about providing the best possible video playback experience, art, and metadata to customers worldwide, powered by exceptional technology. This work requires streamlining and repurposing technology across different business and distribution channels – including streaming, linear, and theatrical – so that technology can ebb and flow across the needs of the business.

The Media Processing and Distribution (MPD) Core Media team develops the video encoding, packaging, and orchestration systems that power Disney’s video streaming platforms (Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu). We are looking for hardworking team players to join Media Engineering, who will thrive on Disney’s story telling legacy, who will embrace unconventional thinking, and who are passionate about contributing to The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer (DTC) experience.

As a Manager, Software Engineering on the MPD Core Media Engineering team, you’ll be responsible for:

  • Providing technical and organizational leadership for a team of software engineers who design, test, deploy and maintain a live streaming media orchestration system.

  • Collaborating with senior internal engineering leaders and other stakeholders including solution architects, product managers, technical project managers, and other leaders to define project scope, feature requirements, and development schedules.

  • Planning development schedules and resource assignments.

  • Finding creative solutions to mitigate project risks in a dynamic environment..

  • Representing the team in cross functional meetings, clearly communicating status, risks, dependencies and other related updates as necessary.

  • Providing mentoring and developmental leadership to team members, including regular one-on-one meetings, annual reviews, and communicating other HR related information.

  • Applying Agile methodology and practices, including participation in regular scrums, sprint planning, and backlog grooming.

  • Contributing to a culture of collaboration, innovation, and open communication across several teams and stakeholders.

  • Managing on-call rotational support by the team to 24/7 operations teams as needed, including participation in on-call support.

  • Contributing to the team's core fundamental software project needs by applying best practices and standard software guidelines.

  • Ensuring proper team alignment and resource management across multiple simultaneous projects.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related software engineering field; MS preferred.

  • 8+ years of software architecture and development experience.

  • 5+ years of experience in leadership of software development teams (may be concurrent with development experience above).

  • Full stack programming experience in one or more of Java/J2EE, Javascript, and/or VueJs

  • Experience developing and deploying applications in AWS (S3, EC2, Lambdas, SNS/SQS Messaging, API Gateway) or similar cloud environment.

  • Experience with Continuous Integration and Deployment tools such as Github, Jenkins 2, Ansible, Kubernetes, Rancher and Docker

  • Experience working with and administration of relational databases like SQL

  • Working knowledge of collaboration tools such as Jira and Confluence

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with audio or video encoding and streaming technologies, including video encoding/compression, HLS packaging, and associated metadata workflows preferred.


The hiring range for this position in Santa Monica is $164,500.00 to $220,600.00 per year and in New York is $172,300.00 to $231,100.00 per year. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A bonus and/or long-term incentive units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered.

About Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology:

Disney Entertainment and ESPN Technology (DE&E Technology) provides the technological backbone and product development for Disney’s two media business units, while helping to keep the company at the vanguard of innovation – enabling the Company to continuously leverage technology to enhance storytelling and creativity, while delivering scalability, flexibility, and efficiency for its businesses.

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 that includes three core business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, and Disney Experiences. 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 Entertainment & ESPN Technology.

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 champions a business environment where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a constantly evolving world.

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