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Principal Software Engineer (Full Stack)

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10004863 Location San Francisco, California, United States / United States / Los Angeles, California, United States / Santa Monica, California, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Sep. 20, 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 Software Engineer (Full Stack)

We are looking for a Principal Engineer in our Experience Management organization to architect and drive engineering initiatives that drive Disney Streaming’s powerful curation ecosystem. You will be a crucial member of the Experience Management leadership team and work with the Director of Engineering. Experience Management is responsible for building tools & services that drive dynamic configuration and curation of content & artwork across Disney+, Star+, and Hulu. The teams you support are responsible for building critical services that empower marketing and programming teams at the company to design, configure and curate the viewer application experience in close to realtime. The work you do directly affects our business’ programming, engagement and monetization goals.

The ideal candidate is looking to multiply the efficiency, architecture and culture of our organization by aspiring to leave things better than they find them. They excel in multi-tasking and context-switching across several crucial engineering domains. They have a strong background in crafting robust internal APIs and toolsets, are knowledgeable about best practices, and share our joint passion for continuously improving the Disney Streaming curation systems.


  • Drive the technical design and evolution of the services owned by the teams under Experience Management

  • Work with product, engineering and technical program management to guide the entire lifecycle of an initiative

  • Collaborate with principal engineers in other engineering orgs to understand upstream/downstream integrations and align on system design changes.

  • End-to-end ownership of systems: Ideate, review design, mentor during build, code-review, test, load-test, launch and monitor performance in production

  • Mentor engineers across the organization’s domains and introduce proven best practices in a consistent manner across teams

  • Lead architectural and design discussions to help the teams build robust and scalable services in a microservices architecture

  • Build positive relationships with engineering managers in the organization to understand and solve for specific domain challenges

  • Stay organized and communicate to leadership about challenges and risks

Basic Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of Software engineering experience

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

  • Demonstrated success working as a Full-stack Senior or Principal engineer of meaningful & sophisticated internal tools and API services

  • Strong partner and communicator with ability to articulate the architectural vision and technical concepts to many different technical and non-technical audiences

  • Ability to build incremental milestones from complex and long-term architectural goals

  • Ability to handle context-switching and supporting multiple priorities in parallel

  • Experience supporting teams in an agile software delivery environment

  • Success building relationships across engineering, product and leadership

  • Prior mentorship experience that focuses on guiding problem-solving for engineers

  • Patience, maturity and self-awareness navigating both technology and people

  • The ability to jump into a project and contribute immediately to both architecture and implementation

  • Experience working on internal systems that have strong stakeholder presence

  • Experience building reliable and scalable RESTful APIs

  • Experience working with cloud based deployments

  • Experience with Java/Spring, Python/Django or similar

  • Experience with ReactJS

Additional Information:

Location: Santa Monica, CA preferred but also open to US Remote for the right candidate

The pay range for this position in Colorado is $156,374 to $209,770 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.


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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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