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Lead Software Engineer

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 869670BR Location Seattle, Washington, United States Business Disney Streaming Date posted Mar. 24, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid Preferred, Remote Possible

Job Summary:

Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) brings together the Company’s best-in-class product, technology, and commercialization teams into one global organization. DMED is responsible for the P&L management and all distribution, network and engineering operations, sales, advertising, data, and certain key technology functions worldwide for the Company's content engines. Disney Streaming encompasses the teams behind the Hulu, Disney+, ESPN+, and Star+ streaming services within Disney’s Media & Entertainment Distribution group. We sit at the intersection between entertainment, sports, and technology and seek to connect viewers with the stories they love, while pushing the streaming industry forward with consumer-first innovation.

The Content and Experience Delivery organization is composed of teams on a mission to deliver the best browse experience to our viewers across all of the Disney Streaming brands.

The Experience Data Distribution team is central to that mission: we build the core data services and APIs that power the applications and services used by Disney Streaming subscribers. Our challenge is to provide low latency and high availability at scale for millions of users, with an interface that can keep up with our constantly-growing streaming applications.

As a Lead Software Engineer, you will collaborate closely with engineers, project managers, and product managers to find the best solution for our viewers. You will drive projects end-to-end: designing the initial solution; finding alignment with partner teams; execution of the necessary code; and overseeing the deployment of code to production. Members of the team look to your code and documentation as examples of excellence. You value good-faith collaboration, driving best practices, and promoting excellence on your team. If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you!



  • Actively participate in daily stand-ups and other scrum ceremonies.

  • Design new solutions and drive alignment across engineering and product teams.

  • Expertly break down work at the epic level, setting project milestones with reasonable deadlines.

  • Prioritize work within a project to deliver on the most necessary or urgent requirements.

  • Anticipate and mitigate risk on projects.

  • Effectively communicate with stakeholders on project progress.

  • Write code to implement new features or optimize existing services.

  • Determine the most efficient means to sufficiently test new code: unit tests, integration tests, performance tests, etc.

  • Set best practices for the team for on-call responsibilities such as deployments, monitoring, and investigating incidents

  • Use logs, monitoring tools, and work with developers to determine root causes across distributed components.

  • Perform code reviews for members of the team, bearing a sense of responsibility for approved code.

  • Coach and mentor teammates in an open, respectful, flexible, empathetic manner. Help onboard new team members.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 7+ years of related experience crafting and operating backend services.

  • 1+ years of related experience crafting and operating large-scale, high-availability backend services.

  • Experience crafting and operating JVM services such as Java, Scala, Kotlin

  • Proven track record of designing and driving consensus on backend architectures.

  • Deep understanding of and experience using caching technologies such as Redis, Memcached, EHcache.

  • Strong grasp of computer science fundamentals (data structures, algorithms, databases, etc)
  • Strong understanding of design patterns and principles (particularly system design principles such as CQRS)
  • Experience with asynchronous programming.

  • Experience with object-oriented programming patterns.

  • Experience with functional programming patterns.

  • Experience using source control systems and CI/CD pipelines (such as git, Github, Jenkins).

  • Experience with AGILE/Scrum practices.

  • Skilled at work breakdown and task estimation.

  • 1+ years practicing operational best practices for service maintenance.

  • Experience deploying and scaling within a cloud infrastructure.

  • Experience with observability tools for metrics, logging, and monitoring (such as Datadog and Grafana).

  • Strong communication skills and a desire to share your knowledge with team members and others across Disney Streaming.

  • Strong communication skills and a desire to share your knowledge with team members and others across Disney Streaming.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience building solutions that utilize NoSQL databases and distributed caching technologies.
  • Experience deploying and scaling within a cloud infrastructure.
  • Experience directly managing and mentoring a team.
  • Experience collaborating to drive organizational change.
  • Degree in Computer Science

Required Education

Bachelor's or equivalent degree or equivalent experience

Additional Information:

Seattle, WA or NYC, NY or Remote

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.

About Disney Streaming:

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 Services LLC, which is part of a business we call Disney Streaming.

Disney Streaming Services 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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