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Sr Machine Learning Engineer

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10057531 Location San Francisco, California, United States / Santa Monica, California, United States / New York, New York, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Aug. 04, 2023

Job Summary:

Team’s Vision

The Machine Learning (ML) Engineering team at Disney drives and enables 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 of 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.


In this role you will build optimized, efficient and reliable products, services and interfaces to federate access to data stores, simplify, automate and manage the ML development and deployment ecosystem. Specifically, you will develop tooling and services to deploy, host and serve ML models at scale.


  • 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.

  • Lead and drive vision for one or more of ML Platform services

  • Drive and maintain a culture of quality, innovation and experimentation

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

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Software, Electrical or Electronics Engineering, or comparable field of study, and/or equivalent work experience

  • 5+ years of software experience, with 3+ years of relevant ML experience

  • Experienced with cloud technologies in AWS or GCP and 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 Java or Python development ecosystem

  • Knowledge of technologies like Databricks, S3, Spark

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

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

The hiring range for this position in Los Angeles is $132,700.00 - $182,500.00 per year, in New York/Seattle is $139,040.00 - $191,200.00 per year and in San Francisco is $145,400.00 - $199,900.00 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, 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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