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Senior Software Engineer

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10067264 Location New York, New York, United States / Santa Monica, California, United States / Glendale, California, United States / San Francisco, California, United States / Seattle, Washington, United States Business Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology Date posted Dec. 08, 2023

Job Summary:


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 our 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 enhance 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: DE&E Technologists are designing and building the infrastructure that will power our 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 implement groundbreaking products and techniques that shape industry norms and enhance how audiences experience sports, entertainment & news.

Platform Software Engineering oversees the core technical platforms and systems for Disney’s massive suite of streaming products – including Disney+ and Hulu – and digital products and experiences – including ESPN, Marvel, Disney Studios, NatGeo, and ABC News. This team also drives the strategic development and use of technology, building scalable systems and products that can power a more personalized experience for Disney customers, as well as innovative work in Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and 3D rendering in our studio environments. When you’re watching SportsCenter and you’re impressed by how awesome the studio looks, you have this team to thank! 

The Machine Learning (ML) Engineering team at Disney drives and enables ML usage across several domains in heterogeneous language environments and at all stages of a project’s life cycle, including ad-hoc exploration, preparing training data, model development, and robust production deployment.  The team is invested in continual innovation of the ML infrastructure itself to carefully orchestrate a continuous cycle of learning, inference, and observation while also maintaining high system availability and reliability. We seek to find new ways to scale with our guest and partner base as well as the ever-growing need for ML and experiments.


  • Design and develop event and context processing ecosystem
  • Collaborate with ML and data practitioners to automate their pipelines
  • Build tooling and low-latency services to enable and support event-driven pipelines
  • Ability to work on multi-faceted projects with engineers from diverse backgrounds, heterogenous skills and across teams.
  • Drive and maintain a culture of quality, innovation and experimentation
  • Work in an Agile environment that focuses on collaboration and teamwork

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in in Computer Science, Information Systems, Software, Electrical or Electronics Engineering, or comparable field of study.
  • 5+ years of software experience, with 3+ years of relevant data and software experience
  • Experience in building large datasets and scalable services
  • Experience deploying and running services in AWS, and engineering big-data solutions using technologies like Databricks, EMR, S3, Spark
  • Experience loading and querying cloud-hosted databases such as Redshift and Snowflake
  • Experience designing and developing backend microservices for large scale distributed systems using gRPC or REST.
  • Experience with large-scale distributed data processing systems, cloud infrastructure such as AWS or GCP, and container systems such as Docker or Kubernetes.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the Python/Scala/Java data ecosystem
  • Experience building streaming pipelines using Kafka, Spark, Flink, or Samza
  • Excellent communication and people engagement skills
  • Drive and maintain a culture of quality, innovation and experimentation
  • Mentor colleagues on best practices and technical concepts of building large scale solutions

#DISNEYTECH The hiring range for this position in 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 New York is $142,600 – $191,100 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 with the following business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. 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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