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Senior Software Engineer

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10065876 Location San Francisco, California, United States / Santa Monica, California, United States / Seattle, Washington, United States Business Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology Date posted Oct. 11, 2023

Job Summary:

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 redefining Disney’s 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 improve 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.

Platform Software Engineering is responsible for the core technical platforms and systems for Disney’s extensive 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 amazing the studio looks, you have this team to thank!

This position might be right for you if:

  • You want to help us build a core image manipulation and delivery platform that impacts every fan of our products.

  • You’re a curious and efficient engineer who wants to feel empowered to help define the direction of development and work side-by-side with some of the brightest minds in our organization.

  • You enjoy working with other brilliant engineers in an ambitious but supportive environment, learning from others and sharing your expertise with them.

What you'll do

  • Design core, backend software components for the Image Service Platform

  • Collaborate with other Image Service engineers and external engineering teams to evaluate and design appropriate solutions to effectively meet Product requirements

  • Build and run code in AWS using Terraform, K8s, Spinnaker, and other CI/CD tools

  • Evaluate new or existing technologies and products for implementation, considering costs, usability, compatibility and scalability

  • Create user documentation and runbooks for reference and reporting purposes

  • Use a mix of technologies including Scala, Java, Python, Kafka, Kinesis,

  • DynamoDB, MySQL and an array of AWS native services

  • Collaborate with other team members (including product owners, TPMs, and other collaborators) to achieve product and business requirements

  • Conduct design and code reviews

  • Analyze and improve efficiency, scalability, and stability of various system resources

What to bring

  • 5 + years of shown experience building internet-scale API or services applications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Software, Electrical or Electronics Engineering

  • Experience in a Scala and alternative JVM application development environments (Java/Kotlin)

  • Familiarity with the AWS environment, including ECS (Docker), S3, EC2, Lambda, CloudWatch

  • Familiarity with infrastructure as code such as Terraform, CloudFormation

  • Understanding of software development fundamentals

  • Familiarity with writing unit, integration and functional tests

  • Familiarity integrating with service APIs and/or SDKs

  • Understanding of agile processes software team with version control & project management tools (e.g. Github, SVN, Jira, Basecamp)

  • Creative and inventive problem solving

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and a team-focused approach towards software development.


  • Experience in Java, Python

  • Knowledge of these database solutions, DynamoDB, MySQL/Aurora, Redis Elasticache, MongoDB, Cassandra

  • Experience building scalable, fault-tolerant, high-uptime systems


The hiring range for this position in San Francisco is $149,000 to $199,800 per year, in Seattle is $142,600 to $191,100 per year and in Santa Monica is $136,000 to $182,400 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:

At Disney Corporate you can see how the businesses behind the Company’s powerful brands come together to create the most innovative, far-reaching and admired entertainment company in the world. As a member of a corporate team, you’ll work with world-class leaders driving the strategies that keep The Walt Disney Company at the leading edge of entertainment. See and be seen by other innovative thinkers as you enable the greatest storytellers in the world to create memories for millions of families around the globe.

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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