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Sr Data Engineer

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10058380 Location Santa Monica, California, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Sep. 18, 2023

Job Summary:

The 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 senior data engineer who will be a core team member for our advertising data platform engineering group. This engineering group focuses on BI solutions for Disney’s Addressable Sales, revenue and business operations teams. The right person for this role should have experience with big data pipelines, analytics and reporting services. If you are proactive, hardworking, and enthusiastic in these domains, this is a phenomenal role for you!


  • Expansion of the Ads BI ecosystem, including reporting platform design, reporting development and pipeline development.

  • Design and Develop reports and visualizations

  • Enable data modeling, analysis, and data mining to uncover trends and actionable insights

  • Partner with product analysts and analytics stakeholders to provide ongoing reporting and analysis of business KPIs/metrics to inform and support business, product, and marketing decisions, including ad loads and programmatic yield optimization.

  • Create operational dashboards to facilitate data self-service for stakeholders

  • In partnership with product, evangelize data accessibility and educate end users on how to interpret data

  • Optimize reporting performance and, in partnership with the data governance team, ensure data quality and protect sensitive data.

  • Partner with internal teams to improve processes and standardize best practices (such as data modeling, documentation, automation)


  • Bachelor or above in computer science or statistics

  • At least 5+ years of experience in data engineering and 2+ years of experience in reporting development

  • Proficiency with data visualization tools such as Tableau, Looker, Microstrategy

  • Strong analytical and technical skills with the ability to apply business strategy to data analysis and communicate impact with stakeholders

  • Experience translating complex reporting needs into technical specifications

  • Rich experiences in the design and development of large BI projects

  • Proficiency in at least one DML programming language - Java, Scala, Python

  • Experience in AWS Big Data technologies including S3.

  • Passion for technology, and openness to interdisciplinary work

  • Willingness to go above and beyond to provide insights that drive positive experiences for our viewers and revenue for our businesses.


  • Experience in digital video advertising  or digital marketing domain

  • Big data system design experience

  • Data processing experience with Spark (batch), Flink (streaming)

  • Job orchestration experience with Airflow and Nifi

  • Analytics DB experience with Snowflake.

  • Working with streaming event queues such as Kinesis, Kafka, etc.

  • Experience with Distributed Relational Databases like Druid, Single Store, DynamoDB

  • Experience with Hadoop/HDFS in local data centers.

The hiring range for this position in Santa Monica, CA is $136,038 to $182,490 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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