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Lead Software Engineer in Test

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10056277 Location Santa Monica, California, United States / Town of Bristol, Connecticut, United States / New York, New York, United States / Burbank, California, United States / Glendale, California, United States / San Francisco, California, United States / Seattle, Washington, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Jul. 31, 2023

Job Summary:

Disney’s Entertainment and ESPN Technology division is a newly formed technology epicenter which combines Disney’s tradition of bold innovation and creativity to directly deliver compelling content to hundreds of millions of people all around the world. Comprised of Disney’s international media businesses and the Company’s various streaming services, the DEE Technology segment aligns technology, content, and distribution platforms to expand the Company’s global footprint and deliver world-class, personalized entertainment experiences to consumers around the world. Our employees are leading, creating, innovating, and making bold moves in unexpected directions that redefine not just what a mass media entertainment company does, but what it can do.  

DEE Technology encompasses leading premium streaming services, offering live and on-demand TV and movies, with and without commercials, both in and outside the home. Operating at the intersection of entertainment and technology, DEE Technology has a unique opportunity to be the number one choice for TV. We captivate and connect viewers with the stories they love, and we’re looking for people who are passionate about redefining TV through innovation, unconventional thinking, and embracing fun. Join us and see what DEE Technology life is all about. 

We strive to be a diverse team, passionate about great technology applied creatively to solve complex business problems. We are a motivated team that is committed to lifelong learning and improving, both in and out of the office. We strive to be flexible and adaptable to change both in how we execute projects and in the technologies we use to deliver our solutions. We care about the details because every pixel, every line of code, and every user interaction with our products determines whether we are delivering on our commitment to producing the very best products possible. 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. We often include our users as part of our team and we work to connect with them on a human level, understanding their world, so we can deliver software that they love to use.

Job Summary

The DEE Technology team in Santa Monica is seeking a Lead Software Development in Test Engineer to join our Engineering Services team to build test automation and processes to ensure the quality of our advertising systems. When our systems work properly, they are able to reliably deliver relevant ads to all of our viewers; driving higher revenue for our business and helping our customers to discover brands and products that are relevant to their interests. Defects in our ad systems can negatively impact revenue and deliver advertisements that detract from the viewer experience due to irrelevance, repetition and other factors. This is a unique opportunity to join an excellent team and have a meaningful impact on the QE and automation process and culture, as well as the products we release. As a result, those most likely to excel in this role are independent, creative, and able to operate effectively in ambiguous circumstances. If you are interested in a testing role with a heavy emphasis on automated testing where the results of your testing will have significant impact on the business and be highly visible to company leadership, then this might be the right opportunity for you!  


Responsibilities include:  

  • Work closely with Software Engineers to understand the complex advertising ecosystem in place at DMED Technology 

  • Write and review a lot of code and test 

  • Enhance framework observability with proper metrics and presentations 

  • Develop automated test frameworks and suites on UI, API and Integration levels of testing using python or other OO language 

  • Demonstrate ownership for the projects delivered by the team and department 

  • Knowledge of system design and implementation, best practices to guide and mentor 

  • Participate in design discussions for our platform to help evolve it in a way that enables richer testing scenarios that simplify defect detection and prevention 

  • Assist with triage, diagnosis, and resolution of issues discovered across teams. 

  • Contribute to end-to-end acceptance tests 

  • Where necessary, develop and execute manual test cases to detect issues that cannot be detected through automated means 

  • Drive the conversion of manual tests to automated whenever possible 


  • Focus on major areas of work, typically 20% or more of role 

  • Participate in building architectures which are robust, fault-tolerant, and cloud- native. Builds solutions for problems of sizable scope and complexity that have been successfully deployed to customers/users. Influences and drives software engineering best practices within the team 

  • Technically lead and deliver multiple projects utilizing an Agile methodology while reviewing team members code. Participates in developing technical and/or business approaches; and new/enhanced technical tools. 

  • Owns the design of software programs or systems within the team, and within the organization. Writes codes that establishes and enhances frameworks. Reviews code for the design, testability and clear usability. Builds solutions that scale and perform. Identifies opportunities to improve the system/product/services with each iteration.


  • Minimum of 7 years of hands-on software test development experience, including both functional and non-functional test development 

  • Passion around driving best practices in the testing space 

  • Proficiency with Python or other OO language 

  • Knowledge of software engineering practices and agile approaches 

  • Strong knowldge for establishing and improving product quality 

  • Experience building or improving test automation frameworks . 

  • Proficiency CICD integration and pipeline development in Jenkins, Spinnaker or other similar tools. 

  • Proficiency in UI and API automation ( Selenium, Robot, Watir) 

  • Proficiency in Gherkin ( BDD /TDD ) 

  • Willingness to take challenges head on while being part of a team 

  • B.S. in Computer Science (or equivalent degree or work experience)


The hiring range for this position is $142,106 to $219,230 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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