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Lead Software Engineer

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10085074 Location New York, New York, United States / Santa Monica, California, United States / Seattle, Washington, United States Business Disney Direct to Consumer Date posted Apr. 23, 2024

Job Summary:

Disney Streaming’s Growth and Commerce org is looking for engineers to join a new Quality Innovations Engineering team! We are spinning up a new team to focus on engineering support for testing across our platform, both at a microservice level and an ecosystem level. We are looking to elevate our ability to test complicated scenarios across multiple services, emulate real production customers, and provide tooling/frameworks to others to make scenario based testing easy and simple.

The overall mission - provide engineering and development support to our QA team and application development teams, to expand our testing capabilities and take them to the next level.

The impact you’ll make - you’ll help identify and prevent production issues for our Disney+, ESPN, and Hulu streaming applications! We’ll be able to launch new initiatives faster, and reduce the amount of time from discovery to fix for issues thanks to you. You’ll also help to bootstrap and define a new team - there’s a lot of potential for creative endeavors we can tackle and the direction we go! 

What kind of problems will you help solve? 

  • Testing and validating runtime changes from our product operations personnel/UI, such as adding/changing new products and offers

  • Helping dev and QA teams easily simulate complicated billing/subscriptions scenarios to run through a test 

  • Emulating scenarios typically only seen in production 

  • Copying/sanitizing data from production to testing environments 

  • Anomaly detection - identifying if a release or change negatively impacts a previous baseline. ex: our credit card auth rate is 80%, but upon a release drops down to 60% 

  • Supporting a cross-service load testing process and environment 


  • Work with other teams to identify and provide libraries, tools, or frameworks to help them in their area of testing 

  • Collaborate closely with development and QA teams to understand upstream/downstream dependencies and to facilitate development of integration/end-to-end tests 

  • Help develop scalable automated testing strategies and coordinate feedback from your collaborators 

  • Help introduce effective quality methodologies to the Growth and Commerce organization’s automation strategies and expand/improve existing automation 

  • Add to testing aspects of the release process for the GrowthLife services team 

  • Create/maintain test data for automated testing and navigate through databases to analyze issues 

  • Mentor junior engineers and help them with the best practices followed in the team. 

  • Aid in the hiring process and contribute towards onboarding of new engineers.

  • Apply software engineering best practices and agile approaches.


  • 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+ years of progressive experience in a software testing (SDET) and/or software development (SDE) occupation 

  • Strong background in automated/manual testing of backend services and REST APIs 

  • Proficient in object-oriented design and expertise with one of the following programming languages: Java, C#, Kotlin, Scala, or similar 

  • Knowledge of at least one backend test automation frameworks (E.g. REST Assured, Karate, JUnit, Scalatest, etc.) 

  • Machine Learning experience 

  • Open Source AI Training Experience

  • Experience with test suite/case/run management tools (E.g. X-ray, qTest, TestRail, etc.) 

  • Hands-on experience with version control software (E.g. GitHub) and issue/project tracking software (E.g. Jira) 

  • Strong familiarity with testing lifecycles and data maintenance: setup/teardown; creating/enacting testing seams to force desired behavior

  • Experienced in defining/executing/maintaining test cases and experience with building out test plans for backend services 

  • Hands-on experience with software development/debugging tools (E.g. Postman, curl, Chrome dev tools) 

  • Hands-on experience with Docker, Kubernetes, Spinnaker, and continuous integration/delivery systems. Knowledge of how to set up docker containers and run applications within. 

  • Experience with SQL queries, stored procedures, and data analysis/validation

  • Experience with Jenkins or similar build tools 

  • Good understanding of quality-related agile methodologies and tools and experience using both during the SDLC 

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills (E.g. whiteboarding/diagramming system behavior) 


  • Experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS) 

  • Experience in anomaly detection 

  • Full stack experience

The hiring range for this position in NYC and Seattle is $156,300 to $209,600 per year and in Santa Monica is $149,300 to $200,200. 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 Direct to Consumer:

Disney’s Direct to Consumer team oversees the Hulu and Disney+ streaming businesses within Disney Entertainment helping to bring The Walt Disney Company’s best-in-class storytelling to fans and families everywhere.

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 Hulu, LLC, which is part of a business we call Disney Direct to Consumer.

Hulu, 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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