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Sr Software Engineer- Search

Orlando, Florida, United States / Seattle, Washington, United States

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Job ID 939824BR Location Orlando, Florida, United States / Seattle, Washington, United States Business Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Date posted May. 12, 2022

Job Summary:

The Walt Disney Company is a world-class entertainment and technological leader. Walt’s passion was to continuously envision new ways to move audiences around the world—a passion that remains our touchstone in an enterprise that stretches from theme parks, resorts and a cruise line to sports, news, movies and a variety of other businesses. Uniting each endeavor is a commitment to creating and delivering unforgettable experiences — and we’re constantly looking for new ways to enhance these exciting experiences. Bring your individual talents here and discover for yourself why a career with Disney is the opportunity you’ve been looking for.

Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products is the business unit within the Walt Disney Company responsible for developing and maintaining the online guest experiences of our theme parks, resorts and cruise line.

This role is for a back-end services engineer for our Search team, building out and supporting site search solutions for our biggest brands, helping millions of guests find the information they need to have the best Parks experience possible.

Work directly with other software engineers, web developers, QA engineers, and business partners to create and maintain high quality products that directly contribute to company goals and guest satisfaction. Work in our search platform and manage multiple applications within the Elastic stack such as Elasticsearch, Kibana, ML and APM with multi-language indices in a faceted search environment. Use your search expertise to help improve search features, result relevancy, and build additional use cases for the platform technology. Use your Java expertise to develop and maintain Spring based applications geared towards enhancing the search experience.


  • Be part of a strong development team implementing and maintaining site search capabilities across Parks websites
  • Develop high quality code adhering to engineering best practices including automated unit and integration testing, code reviews, and documentation
  • Participate in the full software development lifecycle, including
    • project plan task estimates
    • software architecture
    • use case and object modeling
    • detailed design documents
    • framework design and development
    • code development
    • performance testing and tuning
    • production maintenance

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS/BA degree in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent work experience
  • Expert level skills with at least one enterprise search platform such as Elasticsearch, Solr, or Endeca
  • 7+ years of full software development lifecycle experience
  • 5+ years of Java development and object-oriented analysis and design
  • 5+ years with Internet technologies including RESTful web services
  • 5+ years with cloud technologies in AWS or Azure
  • Proficient in all aspects of programming and analysis including design patterns
  • Commercial code and release management tools (e.g. GIT, Jenkins)
  • Apache Tomcat
  • UNIX / Linux shell scripting
  • SQL and relational databases
  • Able to identify problems and opportunities and champion solutions
  • Ability to complete tasks on time and in budget within a climate of frequent change
  • Agile scrum development methodology
  • Strong communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Kotlin
  • Spring Framework
  • Snowflake
  • Machine learning, especially for specializations such as anomaly detection, marketing and audience segmentation, and NLP
  • Native iOS and/or Android development

About Disney Parks, Experiences and Products:

The Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment includes Disney’s iconic travel and leisure businesses, which include six resort destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia, a top-rated cruise line, a popular vacation ownership program, and an award-winning guided family adventure business. Disney’s global consumer products operations include the world’s leading licensing business across toys, apparel, home goods, digital games and apps; the world’s largest children’s publisher; Disney store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.

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 Parks Technology Services Co., LLC, which is part of a business we call Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.

Disney Parks Technology Services Co., 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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