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Principal Software Engineer

New York, NY - US

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Job ID 761451BR Location New York, New York, United States Business Disney Streaming Services Date posted May. 21, 2020

Job Summary:

The Content Engineering team at Disney Streaming Services is hiring a Principal Software Engineer for its Content Discovery organization, in order to help build and support the metadata and artwork platform for Disney+, ESPN+, and other streaming services. Content Discovery is responsible for delivering to client applications all the content metadata, artwork, personalization and search experiences for the 50 million (and growing!) Disney+ users.
We have an engineer-driven culture where teams are able to make their own technology choices based on the task at hand, and team members are encouraged to spend some time on professional development taking online courses, learning new technologies, working on open source or side projects, or writing blog posts. Some of the technologies currently used within Content Engineering include Java, Scala, Kotlin, Python, Javascript, Typescript, Angular, SQL, Spring Boot, ElasticSearch, Docker, and a wide array of AWS services (Lambda, ECS, S3, SQS, Kinesis, DynamoDB, Neptune, etc.).


  • Provide technical guidance for multiple teams.
  • Maintain a deep understanding of how the systems within your area interact and their upstream and downstream dependencies.
  • Contribute to the code base of each team and provide feedback on pull requests.
  • Advise on architecture and propose solutions to problems that span multiple teams and organizations.
  • Consult on the performance, scalability, architecture, reliability and engineering best practices of systems owned by Content Discovery teams.
  • Provide mentoring to individuals on advanced technical issues.
  • Influence and contribute to departmental technical strategy and planning.
  • Take part in on-call responsibilities including being on the escalation path.
  • Review and contribute to critical design documents and incident postmortems.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree in Computer Science or equivalent technical experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Self-learner, independent, excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Leading role in the design, implementation, and deployment of one or more high scale, cross-functional enterprise-level systems.
  • Leading role in initiatives that span across one or more departments in your division.
  • Deep understanding of async programming models (events, callbacks, promises, async/await).
  • Fluent in at least two programming languages and deep understanding of object-oriented programming.
  • Expertise in caching strategies at all levels of the technical stack.
  • Expertise designing APIs and building RESTful services.
  • Experience with New Relic or similar application monitoring software.
  • Experience with cloud platforms such as AWS.
  • Experience with message queuing and data streaming frameworks.
  • Experience with build and deployment technologies such as Jenkins and Docker.

Required Education

  • BA/BS degree in Computer Science or equivalent technical experience.

About Disney Streaming Services:

Disney Streaming Services is responsible for developing and operating The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer video businesses globally, including the ESPN+ premium sports streaming service; Disney+, the dedicated streaming home for entertainment from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and BAMTECH Media, a global leader in direct-to-consumer video streaming products and solutions. Our core mission is to deliver global audiences the freedom to access content on their terms across any connected device, time or location. We serve consumers by bringing the world’s most beloved characters, timeless stories, legendary athletes, and epic sporting events to global audiences through best-in-class direct-to-consumer video services. We strive daily to imaginatively challenge convention with innovative technology that gives consumers the freedom to access content on their terms across any connected device, time or location.

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: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. 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 segment we call Disney Streaming Services.

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 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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