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Lead Software Engineer, Developer Experience

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10083813 Location New York, New York, United States / Bristol, Connecticut, United States / Santa Monica, California, United States / Glendale, California, United States Business Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology Date posted Mar. 28, 2024

Job Summary:

The Walt Disney Company has a rich tradition of creating innovative products and magical experiences for millions of people around the world. Software Engineers are at the heart of that innovation and magic, building platforms, services, tools and infrastructure for an unmatched collection of content and brands such as Disney+, Hulu, ESPN, and ABC.

As a Lead Software Engineer for the Developer Experience team, you will focus on providing solutions to enable engineers to build software faster, more reliably, and with less friction. The Developer Experience team works on things like design systems, CLI tooling, shared packages, and much more. You’ll work with a team of other developers alongside systems engineers, service engineers, and project managers. Our team uses modern server-side and web technologies such as JavaScript, Node and React to deliver scalable and elegant solutions for new product features and core site architecture.

If you:

  • Employ a flexible attitude and can work constructively in a diverse team setting

  • Are passionate about web development

  • Value learning and being exposed to new experiences

  • Demonstrate determination in finding solutions to complex puzzles

  • Have the curiosity to research and learn new technologies

  • Care about bringing people closer to their world

then working at Disney is unlike anything else. We have the latest technology, groundbreaking ideas, and world-class talent. Come be a part of our team and help us find new ways to interact with users, however and wherever they connect with our brands.


  • Architect and develop tooling to increase developer productivity

  • Develop tools and services that are part of our build and test automation infrastructure with an eye on scaling and reliability

  • Innovatively create and develop techniques to automate manual activities in our development process

  • Operate in a highly multi-functional environment where you can use multiple teams to help our partners be successful

  • Evangelize and drive adoption of solutions, processes, and tooling

  • Develop and update user documentation

  • Work on a modern stack including React, TypeScript, NodeJS, and Amazon Web Services

  • Prototype new features and research applicable technologies

  • Implement standard methodologies to continually increase performance and scalability

  • Review code and pull requests to ensure product and design specifications are met

  • Partner with other engineering teams to deliver best solutions

  • Mentor and provide feedback to junior engineers

  • Work with partner teams to build reusable and scalable solutions

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum 7+ years relevant industry experience

  • Proven proficiency in frontend web development technologies and principles

  • Extensive knowledge of JavaScript, JS frameworks, and server-side templating

  • Experience with task automation (Grunt, Gulp, WebPack,etc.) and CSS Preprocessors (Less, Sass)

  • Demonstrated ability to research and learn new technologies

  • Strong communication skills and attention to detail

  • Driven and self motivated

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with Node.js, JavaScript/TypeScript, React

  • Experience with AWS

  • Experience with Cypress, Jest, or other testing solutions

  • Experience with Jenkins or other CI/CD platforms

  • Experience with pnpm, Lerna, npm or other package management solutions

  • Experience with GitHub and Gitlab

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Software Engineering, Electrical or Electronics Engineering or comparable field of study, and/or equivalent work experience.

The hiring range for this position in Los Angeles is $149,300 - $200,200 per year, in Seattle and New York is $156,300 - $209,600 per year, and in San Francisco is $163,500 - $219,200 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, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. 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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