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Senior Software Engineer, System Design & Architecture

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10015273 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 Nov. 10, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid Preferred, Remote Possible

- This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely. A remote opportunity may be possible for qualified candidates under certain circumstances and, if granted, the employee would work remotely on an ongoing basis.

Job Summary:

Job Summary

Disney Streaming is an industry leader in providing over-the-top content solutions, including Disney+, ESPN+, Hulu, and Star+. We deliver live and on-demand content to consumers with innovative features and best-in-class reliability.

As a member of the Systems Design & Architecture (SDA) team, you are dedicated to designing and architecting backend services and control software supporting global content delivery for Disney Streaming products. Your responsibilities include designing, developing, and disseminating technical strategy across front and backend engineering teams. You have an inherent desire to quickly deep-dive on engineering and business use cases with the ability to provide multiple solutions, weighing both the value created and effort required by the decisions you make. As an ideal candidate you have hands-on software development expertise as well as experience as a technical product manager or architect.


  • Develop and drive scoping of new technologies and product designs for Disney Streaming content distribution

  • Champion technical initiatives across various architecture disciplines in software development

  • Understand customer problems in detail and ensure the problems are clearly defined and prioritized

  • Create well-defined functional product requirements, specifications, page flows, mockups, and prototypes

  • Collaborate with stakeholders and engineering leads to formulate and document the product requirements 

  • Product owner responsibilities within an agile team, specifically documenting user stories, acceptance criteria and API interface design

  • Drive automation and unification of solutions, tooling, and processes internally and across Disney Streaming distribution services

Basic Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience developing client applications or APIs

  • Ability to lead varied audiences through consensus building

  • Comfortable making decisions with some level of uncertainty

  • Well organized with excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Experience with languages: Scala, Java, JavaScript, Python

  • Comfortable working on a geographically distributed team

Preferred Qualifications

  • 8+ years of experience designing and implementing complex distributed solutions 

  • Demonstrated experience with complex caching and streaming data systems

  • Understanding of streaming video protocols (HLS) and how it interacts with caching

  • Industry knowledge of consumer applications across web, mobile, and living room devices

  • Ability to deliver through ambiguity, work both independently and collaboratively, and multi-task amongst several priorities

  • Strong ability to influence without authority

  • Understanding of domain driven design and microservices

  • Fluent in technical alternatives/pros and cons and ability to partner with software teams

  • Knowledgeable in technology development best practices (such as Agile), and product management methodology

Required Education

  • Bachelors or Masters Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or equivalent industry experience

The hiring range for this position is $165,200 to $191,200 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 Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution:

Comprised of the Company’s international business units and various direct-to-consumer streaming services, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) aligns technology, media distribution and advertising sales into a single business segment to create and deliver personalized entertainment experiences to consumers around the world.

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 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, 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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