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Senior Data Engineer

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10092971 Location Santa Monica, California, United States / Bristol, Connecticut, United States / San Francisco, California, United States / New York, New York, United States / Seattle, Washington, United States Business Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology Date posted Jun. 21, 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 for Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology

  • 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 Product & Data Engineering team is responsible for end to end development for Disney’s world-class consumer-facing products, including streaming platforms Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+, and digital products & experiences across ESPN, Marvel, Disney Studios, NatGeo, and ABC News. The team drives innovation at scale for millions of consumers around the world across Apple, Android, Smart TVs, game consoles, and the web, with our platforms powering core experiences like personalization, search, messaging and data.

The Data Measurement team profiles, audits, certifies, and communicates the consistency, accuracy, availability, and resilience of our data. We build, maintain, and monitor thousands of signals required to ensure that our data can be used to drive critical insights on our business, to provide quality input to our machine learning models, and to serve as a foundation for the innovation and creativity required to move us forward as the world’s premier streaming service.

Job Summary

As a Senior Data Engineer on the Data Measurement team, you will provide the technical and business skills to ensure Disney data is trusted. The ideal candidate will help to define, measure, support and certify the data pipelines and systems that serve data to our business and millions of users.


  • Leverage your skills in SQL, Scala, and Python to build models that measure and evaluate the quality, consistency, resilience, accuracy, and availability of our data

  • Collaborate with engineering, management, product, and business teams to improve data reliability across products and projects

  • Review code for the design, testability and clear usability

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Provide intuitive metrics that show stakeholders the “state” of their data in actionable form

  • Build and automate data rules to verify data meets boundary conditions and alerts data owners/consumers when boundary conditions are met

Monitoring & Research

  • Automate processes, procedures, and workflows to ease data certification process

  • Solve complex problems and bring a new perspective on existing solutions

Basic Qualifications

  • 5+ years experience in designing and executing queries to assess the veracity of datasets

  • Ability to read/write complex SQL queries to analyze data, investigate systemic defects

  • Familiarity with statistical methods for assessing and evaluating data

  • 3+ years experience working with at least one or more industry-standard database technologies (mySql, Snowflake, Hive)

  • 3+ years of experience in programming languages like Python or Scala/Java

  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills that translate across technical and business domains

  • Team-oriented and independently motivated to deliver results

  • Patience and resilience in working with the sometimes-ambiguous requirements that characterize innovation projects

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficiency in using reporting tools like Tableau or Looker

  • Proficiency in git or similar version control tools

  • Proficiency in machine learning model development

  • Experience working in big data environments (Hadoop, S3, HBase)

  • Master’s Degree a plus

Required Education  

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Information Systems or related field

Additional Information


The hiring range for this position in Los Angeles, CA and Bristol, CT is $136,100 to $182,400 per year, in New York, NY and Seattle, WA is $142,600 to $191,100 per year, in San Francisco, CA is $149,000 to $199,800 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 that includes three core business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, and Disney Experiences. 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, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney champions a business environment where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a constantly evolving world.

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