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Principal Software Engineer - Infrastructure & Devops

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10064310 Location Santa Monica, California, United States Business Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology Date posted Dec. 07, 2023

Job Summary:

Principal Software Engineer - Infrastructure & Devops

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.

  • 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.


The Ads & Data Platform team is responsible for building and delivering the technology that supports Disney’s industry-leading, multi-billion dollar advertising business. Working across all of Disney’s streaming and linear channels, this team’s scope is wide ranging – they impact everything from core infrastructure development to the viewer-first ad formats subscribers see on their screens. Award-winning technologies, like the proprietary Disney Ad Server or DRAX, Disney’s programmatic advertising solution, are the backbone of Disney’s ad business and a key driver of Disney’s future success. What sets Disney’s advertising business apart, and what makes working here such a cool opportunity, is a combination of: world-class advertising technology built in-house, and the most beloved brands, franchises, and content.


The Ad Infrastructure & Devops team is seeking a talented principal software and cloud engineer to join our team. Our systems enable DevOps practices so teams’ feature releases can be faster and more stable in production. Our platforms and tools reduce the cognitive load of ownership and operations so that teams can devote the majority of their time to delivering business value.


Job Summary

  • You’ll design and write automation tools to support developers deploying and running cloud infrastructure.

  • You will implement and execute best practices and security standards for operating in the cloud.

  • You will curate and contribute to a library of shared terraform modules. 

  • When we hit the limits of our scale, you will lead investigations and RCA’s to continuously improve by learning from failures. 

  • You will mentor other devops engineers on infrastructure and devops best practices such as Infrastructure as Code, etc. 

  • You will participate in on-call rotations. 

  • You will provide support to dev teams for our tooling and platform. 


Basic Qualification

  • Bachelor or above in Computer Science, Information Systems, Electrical Engineering, or another comparable field of study

  • Expert level experience with AWS at least 10 years

  • Expert level of experience with AWS IAM, at least 5 years

  • Expert level experience with kubernetes at least 5 years

  • Expert level experience with Terraform (at least 4 years)

  • Advanced understanding of Istio (or similar service mesh) at least 3 years


Preferred Qualification

  • Advanced Java/Go/Python experience, at least 5 years

  • Build engineering/release engineering with CI/CD, at least 3 years

  • Deep understanding of cloud networking and HTTP/S

  • Advanced understanding of distributed systems

  • Experienced with Terraform Enterprise, Istio, Spinnaker, EKS, Data platforms, relational databases, non-relational databases

"The hiring range for this position in Los Angeles, CA is $180,646 to $242,330 year, in San Francisco is $197,866 to $265,40 per year, and New York, NY or Seattle, WA is between $189,256 – $253,880. 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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