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Senior Backend Scala Engineer

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10076300 Location New York, New York, United States / Santa Monica, California, United States Business Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology Date posted Mar. 19, 2024

Job Summary:

Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology

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.

Job Summary:

The 3rd Party Platform (3PP) team builds and maintains critical backend services responsible for supporting Disney streaming media subscriptions, including Disney+, ESPN+, Hulu, and more! Through our services, users can seamlessly access Disney content when making a purchase via external parties. We are an agile team, always open to experimentation, and are committed to the growth and learning that comes from both success and failure. Technologies primarily include Scala, Cats Effect, Play, and AWS services. Experience in these is preferred, but not required. If you're open to learning new things, or excited to expand your skill set in these areas, this is the perfect job!
  • Craft software for backend systems using Scala, Cats Effect, http4s, Play, Golang, and more, with strong software development fundamentals and strong design principles (object oriented or functional)
  • Work with a team of engineers building software in a collaborative development process, without being dogmatic about technology choices
  • Participate in the full-lifecycle of software development (requirements gathering, designing, building, testing and maintenance)
  • Take on a leadership role on the team, by being both a strong independent contributor, and supporting your teammates
  • Design and build RESTful web services that make use of relational and/or NoSQL DBs
  • Build automated testing at different levels (unit, integration, functional) and build resilient applications that handle failure gracefully
Basic Qualification
  • Bachelor or above in Computer Science or another comparable field of study or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum of 5 years of related work experience, delivering high-quality code
  • You have strong backend experience with Scala
  • You have functional experience with AWS services (ECS, DynamoDB, Kinesis, Lambda, etc.) or other cloud providers
Preferred qualification
  • You have experience Cats Effect and/or Play frameworks
  • You're an expert in REST API semantics and idiosyncrasies
  • You have experience in the Subscription domain space


The hiring range for this position in New York is $142,600 - $191,100 per year, Bristol is $136,100 – $182,400 per year, in Glendale is $136,100 – $182,400 per year, Seattle is $142,600 - $191,100 per year and Bay Area, CA is $149,000 – $199,800 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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