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Sr Software Engineer

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10086789 Location Santa Monica, California, United States Business Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology Date posted Apr. 19, 2024

Job Summary:

On any given day at Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology (DEET), we’re reimagining ways to create magical viewing experiences for the world’s most beloved stories while also redefining 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 improve 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 complete groundbreaking products and techniques that shape industry norms and enhance how audiences experience sports, entertainment & news.

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. We handle 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.

Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology's Metadata Authority Engineering group is seeking a motivated Senior Software Engineer to help build the Content Artwork and Metadata backbone of Disney+ and Hulu streaming services. As a part of this team, you will use technologies like Java, Python, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Kafka, Elasticsearch, Terraform, Docker and native AWS resources such as Lambda, Kinesis, SQS/SNS and DynamoDB.


This role involves a range of responsibilities related to software development and management within the Content Metadata domain.

  • Design well-architected solutions and deliver on them with code that is easy to develop and maintain

  • Lead technical design and implementation of new features

  • Participate in project phasing and delivery together with your manager, team lead and Technical Project Managers

  • Identify areas of improvement in our systems and workflows

  • Mentor junior and mid-level engineers

  • Take a user-centric approach to improving our content management systems and data flows

  • Write defensive and robust tests

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, or a closely related field

  • 5+ years of software development experience

  • Proficiency in (in order of importance):

  • Java & Python

  • relational databases (MySQL, Postgres)

  • event or pub/sub driven architecture (Kafka, Kinesis)

  • Solid understanding of AWS (Lambda, Kinesis, SQS/SNS, DynamoDB, etc.)

  • Exposure to Machine Learning and Computer Vision

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Machine Learning and especially Computer Vision is a big plus

The hiring range for this position in California is $136,100.00 to $182,400.00 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, 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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