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Principal Machine Learning Engineer

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10058250 Location New York, New York, United States / Santa Monica, California, United States / San Francisco, California, United States / Seattle, Washington, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Aug. 04, 2023

Job Summary:

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 vanguard of innovation – enabling the Company to continuously leverage technology to enhance storytelling and creativity, while delivering scalability, flexibility, and efficiency for its businesses.

DE&E Platform Software Engineering team is responsible for building and maintaining all the core platforms and systems behind our consumer-facing and business products, including Identity, Growth and Lifecycle, Personalization, Client Facing APIs, Back End Engineering for consumer products and gaming/fantasy platforms, as well as other internal tools and engineering services.

The Engagement Experiences & Platforms team innovates and creates experiences to delight, engage & retain our guests on Disney+, Hulu, Star+, ESPN Fantasy and ABC News. It also builds foundational platforms that enable scaling experiences with guest volume and the diversity of use cases across our brands.

Our team is

  • A group of engineers and data scientists with diverse expertise delivering solutions together.

  • Collaborative and dynamic.

  • Embracing agile practices.

  • Using continuous integration/automated testing.

  • Led by startup veterans.

Job Summary:

This Lead Machine Learning Engineer, Personalization and Recommendations is a position within the Engagement Experiences & Platforms team of The Walt Disney Company’s Entertainment and ESPN Technology group.

This role reports to Data Team Lead, Personalization and Recommendations.

If hired, you will play a meaningful role in the evolving experiences across consumer facing digital products, with responsibilities for the technical design and implementation of projects and features.

We are looking for you if you are:

  • Highly adaptable and committed to learning

  • Have a track record of delivering solutions utilizing Python

  • Thrive in an agile and collaborative environment.

Responsibilities and Duties of the Role:

  • Develop machine learning applications according to requirements

  • Design ML data pipelines to serve models real-time at scale

  • Work closely with the Data Science team to productionize ML models and algorithms

  • Utilize cutting edge machine learning methods to develop algorithms for personalization, recommendation, and other predictive systems; maintain algorithms deployed to production

  • Work with stakeholders including the Executive, Product, Data and Design teams to assist with data-related technical issues and support their data infrastructure needs.

  • Collaborate with internal & external teams to define requirements and delivery schedules for projects

  • Design and deliver high quality code and make critical contributions working with others

Required Education, Experience/Skills/Training

  • BS, BA, or advanced degree in computer science, engineering, or its equivalent

  • Minimum 10 years hands-on professional experience with back-end systems development

  • Robust programming skills and strong experience with Python

  • Familiarity with machine learning frameworks (like Keras or PyTorch) and libraries (like scikit-learn)

  • Proven experience as a Machine Learning Engineer or similar role

  • Experience with MLOps tools (like Kubeflow, MLFlow or equivalent) is a plus

  • Advanced working SQL knowledge and experience working with relational databases, query authoring as well as working familiarity with a variety of databases.

  • Experience building and optimizing data pipelines, architectures and data sets.

  • Experience with Java is a plus

  • Experience with the following technologies is a plus: AWS, Python Asyncio, FastAPI, Kafka, Airflow, Snowflake, Postgresql, serverless computing

  • Comprehensive understanding of HTTP/S, APIs, and web services

  • Exposure to full lifecycle of application development, including practices like continuous integration, unit testing, code reviews, documentation, etc.

  • Ability to collaborate in a small, productive development team as well as the larger engineering organization. Embrace a highly collaborative team that rewards quality code and effective communication

  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to learn and adapt to new technologies

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; can effectively articulate complex ideas and influence others through well-reasoned explanations

  • Write efficient, reliable, and maintainable code whether implementing architectural improvements, user-facing features, or fixing defects

  • Troubleshoot and resolve issues, problems, and errors encountered across our various platforms

  • Analyze and optimize application code for efficiency, reliability, and performance

  • Understand product architecture, assisting other Software Architects as necessary

  • Manage multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment

  • Interest in industry trends on new technologies, best practices and solutions. A passion for innovation and raising the bar in all development aspects.

The hiring range for this position is $173,900 to $208,800 per year, which factors in various geographic regions. 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 The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. 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 Media & Entertainment Distribution.

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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