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Principal Software Engineer, Android

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10039269 Location San Francisco, California, United States / Santa Monica, California, United States / Burbank, California, United States / New York, New York, United States / Seattle, Washington, United States / Orlando, Florida, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Feb. 03, 2023

Job Summary:

The Lifecycle Engineering Organization builds platforms and experiences pertaining to communication with our customers. We are crafting our in-app capabilities across all services (Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, STAR+) and platform types (mobile, web, TV).

We are hiring a Principal Software Engineer who is responsible for in-app messaging on Android. Our goal is to facilitate sending messages to users regarding their account, payment, new features, events, and of course, extraordinary content. We are creating flexible and dynamic canvasses on Android phones, tablets, and TVs, allowing internal teams to deploy a variety of messages as needed.

In this role, you will collaborate multi-functionally with teams including Engineering (e.g. Android development), Product Management, Design, Marketing, Data, and more to help shape the vision for our messaging engine. You will also own converting that vision into reality via sophisticated technical architecture, choice of technology & implementation. If you love to seek problems in outstanding ways, are passionate about building the best product for consumers, thrive with problem solving in the face of ambiguity, and drive towards outcomes, then this is an incredible role for you!


  • Architect & build reliable, performant user experiences for deployment in multiple Android applications.

  • Make decisions about choice of technology & scalable frameworks to meet the product vision.

  • Work with a distributed team of engineers building software in a collaborative development process.

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

  • Test your work to build confidence before shipping.

  • Cultivate positive relationships with engineering and multi-functional partners, especially those outside of our own organization.

  • Mentor junior developers and form a team culture of visibility, ownership, and collaboration.

  • Contribute meaningful feedback to the rest of the development team and be open to receiving feedback.

Basic Qualifications

  • 10+ years of experience working in a Software Engineering role

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related degree, or equivalent work experience

  • Experience building messaging/communications applications that are broadly available

  • Understanding of core Android SDK concepts such as Activity and Fragment lifecycles, thread management, plus some experience with:

  • Kotlin

  • RxJava / reactive coding

  • Dependency injection systems like Dagger / Hilt

  • Understanding of A/B experimentation principles and practices

  • Experience working collaboratively across development, UX, product, marketing, and more

  • Experience using design tools for development purposes (such as Figma and Sketch)

  • Strong attention to detail, excellent communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with backend-driven layouts for client screens (our server will provide layout descriptions that the client engine will need to interpret)

  • Worked across multiple platforms including AndroidTV, FireTV, or use of other Android platform SDKs

  • Knowledge of standard processes for metrics collection

  • Experience working with localization or internationalization

The hiring range for this position in California is $180,646 to $242,330 per year and in New York is $189,256 to $253,880 per year and in Washington is $189,256 to $253,880 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 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 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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