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Lead Software Engineer - Machine Learning (Ad Intelligence)

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10053182 Location Santa Monica, California, United States / Seattle, Washington, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Jun. 14, 2023

Job Summary:

Ad Platforms organization within Disney Entertainment and ESPN Technology is fully responsible for building, enhancing and maintaining the high-performance, distributed, microservice-based Advertising Platform across all of Disney online properties, including Hulu and ESPN+. We build and maintain proprietary technology, ranging from ad serving and ad delivery, campaign management, reporting as well as all the integrations internal and external that come with evolving and maintaining a best-in-class video advertising business.

The Ad Intelligence team is under Ad Platforms and its mission is to transform advertising and Disney's Ad platform with data and AI across TV and streaming video. We build solutions to measure and optimize every aspect of the advertising life cycle. Our tenant is a strong cross-domain team to deliver E2E solutions covering tech areas ranging from machine learning, big data, microservices to data visualization. Our team is seeking a lead research software developer who will be an outstanding addition and leading development for prediction or optimization engines for addressable ad platforms. The right person for this role should be experienced in crafting implementation for either machine learning technologies or data-driven algorithms. If you are someone who is proactive, inquisitive, and innovative in either these domains, this is a phenomenal role for you!


  • Drive ground-breaking innovation and apply state of the art machine learning statistics or analytics in a variety of areas to boost Hulu and Disney in every aspect of advertising, including inventory forecasting,  planning, pricing, targeting, decisioning, and efficient ad delivery.

  • Invent and Iterate novel solutions to challenging ad related problems in fast turn around

  • Develop scalable and efficient methods for large scale data analysis and model development. 

  • Build and experiment brand new algorithms and models e2e throughout production rollout and continuous optimization.

  • Collaborate with engineering teams, program managers, and product managers in an open, and creative environment.

  • Mentor team members, and guide their technical development 


  • MS or PhD in computer science or equivalent experience

  • At least 5 years of working experience on large scale machine learning, and statistics in leading internet companies. Experience in the advertising domain is preferred. 

  • Solid understanding on ML technologies, mathematics and statistics.

  • Proficient with Java, Python, Scala, large scale ML/DL platforms and processing tech stack.

  • Passion to understand the ad business and apply accurate research study according to the business scenario,and seek innovation opportunities to enhance business effectiveness

  • Passion for technology, open to interdisciplinary work,and experience in building data-driven services and applications.

  • Proven track record of thriving in a fast-paced,data-driven,collaborative and iterative applied research environment is required.


  • Experience in digital video advertising or digital marketing domain

  • Experience with feature store, audience segmentation and MLOps

  • Experience with Tensorflow, Kubeflow or Sagemaker



The hiring range for this position in Santa Monica, California is $149,240 to $200,200 per year and in Seattle, Washington is $156,292 to $209,660 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 Services LLC, which is part of a business we call Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

Disney Streaming Services 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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