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Ad Platform- Manager, Software Engineering

Santa Monica, California, United States

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Job ID 814521BR Location Santa Monica, California, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Nov. 11, 2021

Job Summary:

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) brings together the Company’s
best-in-class product, technology, and commercialization teams together into one
global organization. DMED is responsible for the P&L management and all
distribution, network and engineering operations, sales advertising, data and certain
key technology functions worldwide for the Company’s content engines. DMED also
manages operations of the Company’s streaming services including Disney+, Hulu,
ESPN+ and Disney+Hotstar; and domestic broadcast and cable television

The DMED Ad Platform integrates with thousands of advertisers, with over a billion
ads served per month. Before being served to a viewer, each one of these ads goes
through a sophisticated workflow involving sales and planning, targeting, trafficking,
and quality control, to deliver maximum value to our advertisers while maintaining
an engaging experience for viewers.

The Ad Applications team is where we develop the tools our advertising and other business partners use to configure rules related to advertiser and content partners that decide (among other things) where, how many, and what type of advertising to show our viewers. Our system is composed of a complex network of both internal and external systems including DMED’s streaming applications, 3rd party sales, order management, and metrics reporting and analyzing systems.

Operating at the intersection of entertainment and technology, we captivate and
connect viewers with the stories they love, and are looking for people who are
passionate about redefining advertising through collaboration, innovation,
unconventional thinking, stellar execution, committed to lifelong learning and
improving while still embracing fun. You’ll be joining a talented team that works
interdependently toward aggressive goals to deliver technically sound solutions. We
work to ensure that we share both accountability and credit as a team.


As a Software Development Manager within the Ad Applications team, you will:
  • Lead design and implementation on projects to improve and extend DMED’s existing ad serving platform and its supporting systems.
  • Identify and drive improvements in engineering practices across Ad Platform teams to ensure industry-leading system quality and team efficiency.
  • Coach and mentor more junior development leads and engineers on the team to produce software that conforms to the highest quality standards.
  • Partner with the Product teams to understand their business needs and design outstanding and efficient solutions to complex business problems.
  • Work with engineers on teams across the DMED organization to ensure that advertising works flawlessly across a wide array of devices and applications, and that data and metrics flow efficiently into reporting and financial systems.

Responsibilities and Duties of the Role:
  • Building features and functionality in support of ad campaign
  • trafficking.
  • Troubleshooting existing features throughout various micro-services and systems across Ad Platform.
  • Coach and mentor junior and mid-level engineers on software development best practices.
  • This is a semi-hands-on development role. You’ll be leading by example by working closely with the engineers and systems architects to build scalable solutions. While you are not expected to take on any critical path projects, you will help your team with the development of theirs.
  • API endpoint development.

Basic Qualifications:

Required Education, Experience/Skills/Training:
  • Demonstrated ability to attract talent, build teams and have fun.
  • 2+ years of experience in managing software development teams as a second-line manager.
  • A Bachelor’s or Master's degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience.
  • 5+ years of professional software development experience; at least 2 years with microservices architecture.
  • Strong programming experience with one or more of the following frameworks: React.js, Angular.js, VUE.js and JavaScript ES6.
  • Proficiency in at least one widely used server-side programming language (Java, Python, Go, C#, etc.).
  • Expertise with core Computer Science fundamentals, including Object-Oriented programming, algorithms, data structures, and design patterns.
  • While this role does not require writing of tests, you should still bring a strong focus on Quality Engineering to ensure quality code with minimal regression.
  • Phenomenal communication and collaboration skills and a team-focused approach towards software development.
  • Ability to trace data through varying systems and debug where issues occur.

Preferred Qualifications:

Additionally, it would be a plus if you have experience with:
  • GraphQL.
  • TypeScript (CoffeeScript)
  • Experience working in AWS, GCP or Azure, and with infrastructure as code tools like Terraform
  • Experience with Lambda, SQS and rest of AWS Web Services suite.

Additional Information:

Would need to work closely with West Coast teams

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 segment 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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