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Sr Technical Program Manager

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10007492 Location Santa Monica, California, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Jul. 26, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid Preferred, Remote Possible

- 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. A remote opportunity may be possible for qualified candidates under certain circumstances and, if granted, the employee would work remotely on an ongoing basis.

Job Summary:

Disney Streaming’s Web Engineering team is seeking a Senior Technical Program Manager who will be an exceptional addition to our team. As a Senior Technical Program Manager at Disney Streaming, you will partner with Product Management to understand business and product needs, translate those needs to engineering requirements, and collaborate with all impacted teams and external partners to ensure a successful launch of the product or feature. 

This role will be embedded in our engineering team that focuses on content discovery and personalization on our web experience. The right person for this role is proficient in both technology and the language of product, marketing, and advertising. You will need to move and adapt quickly as needs change and rely on consumer data to help inform decisions. You are encouraged to always maintain a pulse on development progress as well as customer sentiment. If you are someone who thrives in a collaborative environment, jumps at the opportunity to work on impactful and complex problems, and constantly seeks out new challenges, then this is a great role for you!


  • Collaborate with product managers and engineers on the Disney Streaming experience Roadmap and identify the necessary investments and dependencies to support execution and delivery

  • Develop tools and processes to improve software engineering productivity

  • Exercise technical judgment in working with large, cross-functional teams and influence architecture decisions

  • Build positive, trusting relationships through consistent, on-time delivery of commitments and effective communication

  • Work closely with stakeholders and product managers to ensure that requirements are translated to the technology requirements that subsequently drive the execution (plan, coordinate, manage) of software development from design through successful deployment.

  • Work with cross functional teams – technology, business, marketing and operations to manage multiple projects that have conflicting needs / priorities, using an Agile development framework, from concept to launch.

  • Scope projects into manageable chunks that enable us to quickly and efficiently release iterative products

  • Actively mentor and guide more junior team members to ensure best practices are being created and followed throughout the team

  • Own the Scrum/Agile process for Web Engineering scrum teams - including sprint planning, stand-ups, retrospectives, and backlog grooming

  • Ensure that the engineering teams you support have a well groomed backlog, meets their commitments on a regular basis, and is constantly looking for ways to positively impact their effectiveness

  • Leverage your knowledge of the technology stack as well as our customer’s needs to anticipate new opportunities

  • Leverage business metrics and KPIs to inform the software engineering roadmap and overall prioritization of work 

  • Identify inefficiencies in processes, and drive better, more efficient processes where needed for projects and features to be delivered optimally and on time

  • Play a leading role in managing the delivery of large cross functional projects spanning teams and divisions within Disney Streaming

  • Communicate project risks, progress, launches and retrospectives across all stakeholders and teams – consistently and transparently

  • Strive constantly to improve and establish a new bar in performance (using objective metrics) in project execution


  • 7+ years of experience in software program management

  • Experience in shipping multiple software features or products simultaneously

  • Expertise in Agile software development

  • Solid understanding of systems architecture, design, and implementation

  • Ability to exercise technical judgment in solving software engineering challenges

  • Expertise in actively identify dependencies/risks and work with engineering counterparts to mitigate these

  • Ability to interact with a diverse set of technical and non-technical partners

  • Strong attention to detail, excellent communication skills, written and verbal


  • Experience shipping Web Applications and working with web development teams

  • Experience in helping an engineering organization define and achieve operational/engineering excellence

  • Experience shipping entertainment and media applications on web

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 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, 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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