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Lead Software Engineer

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10093752 Location New York, New York, United States Business Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology Date posted Jul. 09, 2024

Job Summary:

About The Role & Team:

At The Walt Disney Company we’re responsible for building what aims to be the largest media streaming platform in the world, serving not just Disney+, but ESPN+, Star+, and Hulu. We foster innovation, we challenge each other, and we put our users before all else: connecting them with the stories they love.     

                      

We’re looking for people who want to challenge themselves, to grow; people who understand scale and care deeply about reliability. You will be surrounded by colleagues eager to help you succeed and be part of an ambitious, high-performing, rewarding culture. If this sounds like something for you, read on!           

      

You will work within one of Disney’s service engineering teams, supporting a variety of backend systems that directly support the Disney+ platform as part of the Growth and Commerce organization. You’ll contribute to dynamic, autonomous and self-motivated software teams that own the full development, delivery and operational support responsibilities of critical global services.    

                 

You will work closely with cross-functional teams to understand requirements, architect solutions, and ensure the successful delivery of projects using cutting edge Python, SQL, Spark, AWS, Databricks, DataLake, SnowFlake.

What You Will Do:

As a Lead Engineer, your responsibilities will be:

  • Be part of an Agile team building the world's fastest growing media streaming platform
  • Contribute to an inclusive culture that values learning & development, close collaboration between team members, and strives for excellence
  • Lead the design and development of robust, scalable, and high-performance data pipelines using Spark and Scala.
  • Collaborate with analysts, and other stakeholders to understand requirements and translate them into technical specifications.
  • Architect and implement data processing solutions that optimize performance, reliability, and scalability.
  • Mentor and provide technical guidance to junior team members, fostering a culture of learning and continuous improvement.
  • Perform code reviews, ensure coding best practices, and enforce data engineering standards.
  • Stay current with emerging technologies and industry trends in data engineering, Spark, and Scala, and evaluate their potential impact on our data platform.

What You Will Bring:

  • Minimum 7+ years engineering experience
  • Demonstrable understanding of high-quality coding, testing, and development practices
  • Experience working in a “Devops” environment
  • Experience or interest in functional programming and its real-world applications - particularly Scala stacks such as Scalaz, Cats Effect and ZIO
  • Experience of designing, building & operating distributed systems with multi-level failover & fallback strategies
  • Experience in Spark using either Scala or PySpark.
  • Experience with Cloud Infrastructure, preferably with AWS
  • Strong understanding of distributed computing principles and experience with large-scale data processing frameworks.
  • Relational and NoSQL databases, particularly PostgreSQL, Aurora, & DynamoDB with experience modeling & optimizing query performance
  • Kinesis or any other streaming data
  • Excellent communication skills, specifically in understanding, framing and simplifying both technical & business requirements
  • Comfort with ambiguity and leading conversations where discordant views are present
  • Experience mentoring and coaching more junior engineers on both technical and soft skills
  • Contributions to the technical community, either through blogs, internal workshops, meetups or conferences

Required Education:

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


The hiring range for this position in New York is $156,300-$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, 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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