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Sr Software Engineer

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10006282 Location Santa Monica, California, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Aug. 05, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

- This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.

Job Summary:

Job Summary

Do you dream in video? Disney+ is the Disney branded streaming service featuring an outstanding collection of content from its brands and franchises recognized and respected worldwide including Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, Disney, Star and National Geographic. Hulu is the premium streaming service that offers premium originals, current season TV, a massive library of hit series and movies, live television, and live events. Our combined Disney and Hulu Media Engineering team is looking for a motivated teammate to thrive on the legacy of Disney and Hulu, embrace unconventional thinking, and expand to The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer (DTC) experience through imagination and determination.

Media Engineering builds the software and systems that prepare media content and metadata for the Disney Streaming platform - providing the best possible playback experience to our viewers. The team handles audio, video, and metadata content from ingest through publish - for normalization, processing, and packaging - supporting operator tools and automation for a scalable workflow. We build logic across players and back-end services to measure, control, and optimize playback across our stack.

We’re changing the world of streaming video and looking for a fearless, talented software engineer to build our vision of a global content management platform to delight our operators and captivate our viewers. As a Senior Software Engineer in the Content Catalog team, you will design and implement services that manage millions of titles delivered to hundreds of millions of viewers. Our services receive content from over 1500 partners and manage who can watch what, when, where and how. You will be expected to work cross-functionally with product, operations, project management  and upstream and downstream engineering teams to align on our designs for new and extensible models and features. You will also drive and help improve Dev Ops for the team so our software just runs itself.


  • Propose and lead technical design and implementation of new features for a service or component
  • Break down designs into implementation stories and review with team leads and Technical Project Managers
  • Identify areas from improvements in our systems and workflows
  • Propose engineering standards for the team and proactively seek out ways to improve the codebase
  • Mentor Junior and mid-level engineers
  • Take a user-centric approach to improving our content management systems, tools, and workflows

Basic Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • 4+ years of software development experience, and proficiency in Java, Python, C++, or similar language and related service frameworks like SpringBoot, JaxRS or DJango
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills and ability to drive consensus across cross functional business partners.
  • Proficiency in design and implementation of scalable distributed systems providing resilient and high performance for both transactional and eventually consistent behaviors.
  • Strong knowledge of core CS fundamentals and data structures (hashing, trees, graphs, queues, heaps), and a tenacious drive to minimize algorithmic complexity.
  • Experience with web services, preferably AWS, and firm understanding of best practices in architecture and usage of messaging, queues, storage, relational and non-relational DBs, distributed caches, search indexes, operational monitoring and performance tuning.
  • A strong sense of ownership of personal relationships, technical systems and operational issues.

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience working with Trunk-based development and CI/CD
  • Experience in front end development such as React or Angular
  • Experience with serverless deployments like AWS Lambda

About Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution:

Comprised of the Company’s international business units and various direct-to-consumer streaming services, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) aligns technology, media distribution and advertising sales into a single business segment to create and deliver personalized entertainment experiences to consumers around the world.

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: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. 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 Hulu, LLC, which is part of a business we call Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

Hulu, 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 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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