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Principal Data Engineer (Machine Learning)

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10008619 Location San Francisco, California, United States / New York, New York, United States / Seattle, Washington, United States / United States / Los Angeles, California, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Sep. 02, 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:

Principal Data Engineer (Machine Learning)

The vision of the Machine Learning (ML) Engineering team at Disney is to drive and enable 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 on 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.

We’re looking for a principal software engineer interested in building optimized, efficient and reliable products, services and interfaces to federate access to data stores, simplify, automate and manage the ML development and deployment ecosystem.  In addition, the ideal candidate would be excited about partnering with various data science, analytic and experimentation teams to gather requirements, seek feedback, and focus on continuous development and improvement of the ML infrastructure.


  • Design and develop infrastructure for the full cycle of machine learning such as workflow management, feature store, data discovery tools, and feature libraries.

  • Implement  backend microservices for large scale distributed systems using gRPC or REST.

  • Work on complex, cross-functional projects that have a broad impact on the business.

  • Maintain a culture of quality, innovation and experimentation

  • Work in an Agile environment that focuses on collaboration and teamwork

Basic Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of software experience working in large scale, real-time distributed systems

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science (or related field) or equivalent work experience

  • Experienced with cloud technologies in AWS or GCP as well as container systems such as Docker or Kubernetes

  • Passion for turning ideas into products and improving the member experience

  • Expertise in OO programming, either Python or Java

  • Excellent communication and people engagement skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with ML pipelines, data ecosystem and AWS technologies

  • Experience with graph-based data workflows such as Apache Airflow, Meson

  • Mentor colleagues on best practices and technical concepts of building large scale solutions

Additional Information:

Location: San Francisco, CA , New York, NY or Seattle, WA preferred but also open to US Remote for the right candidate

The pay range for this position in Colorado is $142,352 to $190,960 per year, however, base pay offered may vary depending on geographic region, internal equity, 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 a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered.


Additional Information!:


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.

We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

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