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Senior Data Engineer

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10084283 Location New York, New York, United States / Santa Monica, California, United States / Seattle, Washington, United States Business Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology Date posted Apr. 01, 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.

About the Role & Team

The Data Platforms Team, a segment under the Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology (DEET) organization is looking for a Senior Data Engineer to join our Product Performance & Instrumentation Data Team. Product Performance Data is critical to making product level decisions for the DEET Portfolio whether it’s related to product design, measuring advertising effectiveness, helping users discover new content or building new businesses in emerging markets. This data is deeply valuable and gives us insights into how we can continue improving our service for our users, advertisers and our content partners. Our Product Performance & Instrumentation Data Engineering team is seeking a highly motivated Senior Data Engineer with a strong technical background who is passionate about designing and building systems to process data at scale to provide business value, create models and features that unlock powerful insights, and work across software and data disciplines to solve difficult unique problems at scale. Our tech stack includes AWS, Databricks, Airflow, Spark, Databricks and languages include Scala and Python.

What You Will Do

  • Contribute to maintaining, updating, and expanding existing data pipelines in Python / Spark while maintaining strict uptime SLAs

  • Architect, design, and code shared libraries in Scala and Python that abstract complex business logic to allow consistent functionality across all data pipelines

  • Tech stack includes Airflow, Spark, Databricks, Delta Lake, Snowflake, Scala, Python

  • Collaborate with product managers, architects, and other engineers to drive the success of the Product Performance Data and key business stakeholders

  • Contribute to developing and documenting both internal and external standards for pipeline configurations, naming conventions, partitioning strategies, and more

  • Ensure high operational efficiency and quality of datasets to ensure our solutions meet SLAs and project reliability and accuracy to all our partners (Engineering, Data Science, Operations, and Analytics teams)

  • Be an active participant and advocate of agile/scrum ceremonies to collaborate and improve processes for our team

  • Engage with and understand our customers, forming relationships that allow us to understand and prioritize both innovative new offerings and incremental platform improvements

  • Maintain detailed documentation of your work and changes to support data quality and data governance requirements

Required Qualifications & Skills

  • At least 5 years of data engineering experience developing large data pipelines

  • Strong algorithmic problem-solving expertise

  • Strong fundamental Python programming skills

  • Basic understanding of AWS or other cloud provider resources (S3)

  • Strong SQL skills and ability to create queries to analyze complex datasets

  • Hands-on production environment experience with distributed processing systems such as Spark

  • Hands-on production experience with data pipeline orchestration systems such as Airflow for creating and maintaining data pipelines

  • Some scripting language experience

  • Willingness and ability to learn and pick up new skills

  • Self-starting problem solver with an eye for detail and excellent analytical and communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with at least one major Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) or cloud database technology (Snowflake, Redshift, Big Query)

  • Experience working in Scala or Java

  • Experience working with a test first mentality.

  • Deep Understanding of AWS or other cloud providers as well as infrastructure as code

  • Familiarity with Data Modeling techniques and Data Warehousing standard methodologies and practices

  • Familiar with Scrum and Agile methodologies


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

Additional Information


The hiring range for this position in Santa Monica, CA is $136,100.00 to $182,400 per year, in Seattle, WA is $142,600.00 to $191,100.00 per year, and in New York, NY is $142,600.00 to $191,100.00 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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