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Lead Software Engineer

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10075439 Location Santa Monica, California, United States / Town of Bristol, Connecticut, United States / New York, New York, United States / Glendale, California, United States / Burbank, California, United States / San Francisco, California, United States / Seattle, Washington, United States / Austin, Texas, United States Business Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology Date posted Feb. 09, 2024

Job Summary:

Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology

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 here:

  • 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.

Media Engineering

Media Engineering is an innovative organization that is focused on providing the best possible video playback experience, art, and metadata to customers around the world, powered by exceptional technology. This strategic work requires streamlining and repurposing technology across different business and distribution channels – including streaming, linear, and theatrical – so that technology can ebb and flow across the needs of the business.

Disney Entertainment and ESPN Technology is looking for a Lead Software Engineer to join the Acquisition team within the Media Engineering organization! As the gateway to our platform, we play a pivotal role in onboarding content partners onto our media supply chain, orchestrating the seamless ingest of source media and metadata and reshaping them to standardize interactions. Moreover, we are actively constructing a unified acquisition ecosystem set to power all Disney streaming products. This position requires a keen eye for innovation and creative thinking as we navigate diverse content formats and delivery specifications. As you help us build the foundational aspects of our streaming services, you ensure a lasting impact in a domain critical to the Disney Streaming Platform's success!


  • Lead a software engineering team to craft, build, deliver and operate software services that acquire, categorize, process and distribute Disney’s media catalog.

  • Partner multi-functionally with neighboring engineering teams.

  • Work on code base by writing and reviewing software.

  • Lead technical feasibility, implementation approach, deployment strategies, and QA efforts.

  • Establish engineering processes within the team to drive quality and excellence.

  • Help grow a culture of quality, innovation and experimentation.

  • Mentor or coach team members; recruit and help hire versatile software engineers.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree in Computer Science or related software engineering field or equivalent practical experience

  • Minimum of 7 years related experience crafting backend architectures and delivering large-scale backend applications in a production environment.

  • You're practical and personable, with a succinct communication style

  • Experience building multiple concurrent projects of high technical complexity

  • Ability to work in a dynamic 24x7 availability environment

  • Proficient in using cloud infrastructure such as AWS, GCP, Azure.

  • Experience in programming with Java and proficient with one or more general purpose programming languages (Java, Scala, Python, Javascript, etc)

  • Experience with frontend development is a plus


The hiring range for this position in Seattle, WA and in New York City, NY is $156, 292 to $209, 660 per year; the hiring range for this position in Santa Monica/Burbank/Glendale/L.A., California and in Bristol, Connecticut is $149, 240 to $200, 200; and the hiring range for this position in San Francisco, California is $163, 426 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 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 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 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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