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Senior Software Engineer

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10078812 Location San Francisco, California, United States / Bristol, Connecticut, United States / Santa Monica, California, United States / New York, New York, United States / Seattle, Washington, United States Business Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology Date posted Mar. 27, 2024

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 transforming 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 maximize 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.

A few reasons why we think you’d love working for Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology

  • Building the future of Disney’s media business: DE&E Technologists are designing and building the infrastructure that will power Disney’s media, advertising, and distribution businesses for years to come.

  • Reach & Scale: The products and platforms this group builds and operates delight millions of consumers every minute of every day – from Disney+ and Hulu, to ABC News and Entertainment, to ESPN and ESPN+, and much more.

  • Innovation: We develop and execute groundbreaking products and techniques that shape industry norms and enhance how audiences experience sports, entertainment & news.

Consumer Software Engineering is all about the end user. This team manages all front-end development for the consumer-facing apps that house Disney’s portfolio of brands. For example, if you’re watching Disney+ on your Apple TV – and the interface is engaging, responsive, and seamless – you have this team to thank. The list of platforms this team manages includes: iOS & Android; Smart TVs like Samsung, LG, Chromecast, Roku, & Amazon; game consoles like Xbox and PlayStation; and desktop & mobile web browsers.

The SDK Core Operations team provides operational tools, and we support SDK features and services of the Disney Streaming platform. The SDK is the client side component for interacting with Disney’s streaming services, and is used by application developers across multiple subject areas to simplify integration with our backend services. The right person for this role thrives in a fast-paced environment, and loves problem solving; is an excellent communicator; uses data to answer questions and drive decision making; and loves to learn new things.

You will contribute to designing new tools and automation systems to support development, testing, and deployment of the latest streaming applications and technologies across Disney+, ESPN+,, Hulu, and Star+. If joining a collaborative team environment and facing new challenges every day while your work gets used by millions of people excites you, then this is the role for you. We offer an outstanding opportunity for any technologist:

  • Working together with the best in the industry - a team of developers in different languages, platforms and technologies. From server side teams, to media delivery, DRM and streaming techs.

  • Growing yourself as a developer.

  • A working environment that values equality and diversity, knowledge-sharing and personal/professional development.


  • Develop code and processes for the SDK configuration service, the backbone of the Client SDK across all of Disney’s streaming products.

  • Collaborate closely with team members and product owners to define requirements and develop new features for the Client SDK configuration service.

  • Support engineering teams with coordinating Client SDK releases and investigating potential issues.

  • Occasionally help with product launches and other significant releases during non-standard business hours.


  • 5+ years of software engineering experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field

  • Proficient with JavaScript

  • Experience with REST API services

  • Experience with debugging and problem-solving

  • Shown architectural skills and ability to communicate about software processes, architectures, and design patterns.

  • Experience with Git for source control.

  • Experience with full-stack web-based application development is a plus

  • Experience with cloud infrastructure (AWS) is a plus

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with CI/CD, ETL, pipelines, and other automated tools such as Jenkins, Travis CI, or CircleCI.

  • Experience with Bash or other scripting languages.

  • Solid debugging and optimization skills.

  • Excellent communication and collaborative skills, be a team player.

  • Experience with Datadog, Sentry, or other application monitoring systems.

  • Experience with oncall support for internal or external facing applications.

  • Experience writing and maintaining technical documentation and specifications.

  • Experience in using scripting languages for task automation.

The hiring range for this position in Seattle, WA and New York City, NY is $142,516 to $191,180 per year, the hiring range in Santa Monica/Burbank/Glendale/L.A., California and Bristol, CT is $136,038 to $182,490; and the hiring range for this position in San Francisco, CA is $148,994 to $199,870. 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:

Disney Entertainment and ESPN Technology (DE&E Technology) provides the technological backbone and product development for Disney’s two media business units, while helping to keep the company at the vanguard of innovation – enabling the Company to continuously leverage technology to enhance storytelling and creativity, while delivering scalability, flexibility, and efficiency for its businesses.

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 that includes three core business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, and Disney Experiences. 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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