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Sr Software Engineer

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10078810 Location Santa Monica, California, United States / Town of Bristol, Connecticut, United States / New York, New York, United States / Burbank, California, United States / Glendale, California, United States / San Francisco, California, United States / Seattle, Washington, United States Business Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology Date posted Feb. 26, 2024

Job Summary:

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 our 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 enhance 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: DE&E Technologists are designing and building the infrastructure that will power our 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 implement 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.

We are seeking a motivated and experienced senior engineer for User State and Customizations – In this role you will play a critical role in delivering a familiarized experienced to the user at scale.  You help deliver a user’s continue watching set, pause resume functionality, and the watchlist to the user. As a senior engineer, you will be asked to provide technical leadership in driving innovation and delivering high-quality pipeline, services, and data stores at scale and partner with Product team members to deliver solutions applicable across our streaming platforms (Hulu, Disney+, Star+, ESPN+). Collaborate with teams across all areas (service engineers, data engineers, data scientists, data analytics) to deliver on solutions.


  • Contribute to the design, development, testing, deployment, and support of microservices in a multi-region cloud environment.
  • Mentor engineers within your team to help them improve their technical ability and build their profile within and outside of the organization.
  • Collaborate with Product Managers, Designers, QA, Operations, and other stakeholders to understand requirements and articulate technical decisions and outcomes.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a related field.
  • 5+  years of experience in the software engineering field, with a focus on building highly available architecture, shipping robust code and creating a positive team environment
  • Fluent in multiple programming languages including one of these: Java, Scala, Python
  • Demonstrated success in being part of a team problem-solving, designing and implementing software at scale
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, with experience presenting to senior leadership and external partners.
  • Experience with performance tuning and building/maintaining software that is in the critical path
  • Biased towards action, with experience delivering high-quality software solutions on time, at scale and within budget

Preferred Qualifications:

  • SpringBoot and related Spring projects
  • Experience with asynchronous IO technologies, such as webflux
  • Non-relational database technologies e.g. DynamoDB
  • Apache Kafka and/or AWS Kinesis
  • Terraform, Docker and Kubernetes
  • Expert with at least one of: AWS, Azure, GCP
  • Experience building, testing, and tuning distributed systems

Job Posting Statement The hiring range for this position in Santa Monica/Burbank/Glendale/L.A., California is $136,100 - $182,400; and the hiring range for this position in San Francisco, California is $149,000 - $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 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 Hulu, LLC, which is part of a business we call Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology.

Hulu, 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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