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Senior Software Engineer, Scala

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10049033 Location New York, New York, United States / Santa Monica, California, United States / San Francisco, California, United States / Seattle, Washington, United States Business Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology Date posted May 23, 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 here:

  • 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.

Media Engineering

Media Engineering is an innovative organization that is focused on providing the best possible video playback experience, art, and metadata to customers around the world, powered by exceptional technology. This strategic work requires streamlining and repurposing technology across different business and distribution channels – including streaming, linear, and theatrical – so that technology can ebb and flow across the needs of the business.

We are looking for an experienced backend services focused Senior Software Engineer to join the Media Distribution Engineering team. Your success will depend on your ability to partner with multi-functional teams across the organization to deliver highly available, performant at scale, services critical to delivering high quality & timely experiences to subscribers. We are responsible for the timely and efficient distribution & management of content to regional origins spanning the globe. Our mission is to invent, design, build, deploy, monitor & support tooling & services powering initiatives and operations needed for global distribution of entertainment experiences. If you have an interest in streaming or want to be a part of a fast-paced & global-scale engineering opportunity, this role is for you!


  • Work with a team of engineers to build high-performance, stable, scalable systems to be deployed in an enterprise setting

  • Lead high-level architecture discussions and planning sessions; author and share feedback on technical proposals and root cause analyses

  • Work cross-team to build consensus on approach for delivering projects; eliminate ambiguity in projects and communicate direction to engineers to help team members work in parallel; provide mentoring and advice for other engineers

  • Talk to business partners to understand and refine requirements

  • Participate in the on-call rotation, supporting systems and services during production incidents

  • Establish standards within the team to drive quality and excellence

  • Participate in organization technical community through presentations, tech talks, and other knowledge-sharing efforts

Basic Qualifications:

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

  • 5+ years related experience crafting backend architectures and delivering backend applications in a production environment.

  • Expertise in functional programming patterns and experience building RESTful services using Scala APIs; validated knowledge of operating large-scale high-availability backend services

  • Understanding of async programming models (events, callbacks, promises, async/await) and threading/concurrency

  • Experience with storage & caching technologies: S3, S3 Compatible on-prem object storage, DynamoDB, RDBMS, Redis

  • Understanding of source control concepts and systems, CI/CD pipelines and exposure to Git

  • Experience with build and deployment technologies such as Jenkins and Docker. Experience with messaging technologies (e.g., Kafka, Kinesis, SQS, etc.)

  • Strong grasp of computer science fundamentals (data structures, algorithms, databases, etc.) and strong understanding of design patterns and principles

  • Experience operating within a Public Cloud Provider (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud)

  • Experience with observability tools for metrics, logging, and monitoring (e.g., Datadog, Splunk, Grafana)

  • Knowledge of AGILE/Scrum practices.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Self-learner, independent, excellent problem-solving skills


The hiring range for this position in Seattle, WA and in New York City, NY is $142.516 to $191,180 per year; the hiring range for this position in Santa Monica/Burbank/Glendale/L.A., California and in Bristol, Connecticut is $136,038 to $182,490; and the hiring range for this position in San Francisco, California is $148,994 to $199,870 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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