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Lead Software Engineer

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10083966 Location New York, New York, United States / Santa Monica, California, United States Business Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology Date posted Apr. 02, 2024

Job Summary:

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 for Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology  

  • 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.  

The Product & Data Engineering team is responsible for end-to-end development for Disney’s world-class consumer-facing products, including streaming platforms Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+, and digital products & experiences across ESPN, Marvel, Disney Studios, NatGeo, and ABC News. The team drives innovation at scale for millions of consumers around the world across Apple, Android, Smart TVs, game consoles, and the web, with our platforms powering core experiences like personalization, search, messaging, and data. 

 

Lifecycle Messaging’s mission is to create and deliver scaled, customer centric multi-channel messaging experiences across the customer journey that drive impact in the form of engagement, revenue growth, customer delight & brand trust. Our platform, the Unified Messaging Platform helps us to inform, engage, and delight our guests. 

 

Responsibilities 

  • Design and implement tier-1 microservices in Java and/or Scala.  

  • Design core, backend software components for the Unified Messaging Platform  

  • Implement asynchronous processes to run in the cloud for various data transformation operations.  

  • Participate in Agile methodology and SCRUM processes such as Sprint Planning, Backlog grooming, Daily Standups, and Retrospectives with the team.  

  • Provide on-call support for critical services on a rotational basis.  

  • Own features/functionality and deliver projects end-to-end with high quality and robust architecture.  

  • Lead the design & enhancement of critical services in UMP, ensuring scalability, performance, and reliability. 

  • Research and integrate new technologies into the production environment to optimize core service offerings.  

  • Provide technical guidance to junior team members, covering code quality, system design, and best practices in software development.  

  • Actively participate in code reviews, offering constructive feedback to improve code quality, system reliability, and performance 

  • Collaborate with your squad, Product Managers, Designers, QA, Operations, and other stakeholders to understand requirements and articulate technical decisions and outcomes.  

Basic Qualifications  

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, Information Systems, Software, Electrical or Electronics Engineering, or comparable field of study, and/or equivalent work experience.  

  • Minimum of 7 of years related work experience. 

  • Experience and/or certification with Cloud Services  

  • Excellent understanding of software development fundamentals  

  • Experience with writing unit, integration, and functional tests  

  • Experience with standard CI/CD procedures & tools like Jenkins, GitHub action, spinnaker  

  • Proven ability to integrate with service APIs and/or SDKs  

  • Experience working in a modern, agile software team with version control & project management tools (e.g., Git, SVN, Jira, Basecamp)  

Preferred Qualifications  

  • Experience in a Java and/or alternative JVM application development environments (Scala)  

  • Knowledge or certification with AWS services, including ECS (Docker), S3, EC2, Lambda, CloudWatch  

  • Experience with big data technologies & tools like Spark, Databricks, EMR  

  • Experience with Terraform or other infrastructure as code tooling  

  • Experience with graph-based data workflows such as Apache Airflow, Meson  

  • Experience building scalable, fault-tolerant, high-uptime systems  

  • Creative and inventive problem solving  

  • Experience mentoring other developers 

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The hiring range for this position in Santa Monica, CA is $149,300 to $200,200 per year and in New York, NY is $156,300 to $209,600 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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