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Lead Software Engineer

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10057274 Location Seattle, Washington, United States / San Francisco, California, United States / New York, New York, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Aug. 10, 2023

Job Summary:


We are seeking a motivated and experienced senior engineer for the search platform team for our Disney Streaming apps (Disney+, Hulu and Star+). As an engineer on this team, you will work with a team of peers to design, build, and manage scalable distributed systems & applied algorithms that power search functionality for Disney Streaming. This team has an enormous impact on millions of users of our streaming applications. As a senior engineer, you will be asked to provide technical leadership in driving innovation and delivering high-quality search features at scale.


  • 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 goals.

  • 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.

  • Participate in a 24/7 on-call rotation for our tier-1 critical services facing millions of users worldwide.

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

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

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

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



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

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Software, Electrical or Electronics Engineering, or comparable field of study, and/or equivalent work experience.

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

  • Demonstrated knowledge crafting and operating JVM services.

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

  • 1+ years of related experience using caching technologies.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of asynchronous programming, object-oriented programming patterns, functional programming patterns, and source control systems and CI/CD pipelines.

  • 1+ years experience operating within a Public Cloud Provider (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud)

  • Experience with observability tools for metrics, logging, and monitoring (e.g., Datadog, Splunk, Grafana)

  • Demonstrated knowledge of AGILE/Scrum practices.

  • Skilled at work breakdown and task estimation.

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


  • Demonstrated knowledge of messaging technologies (e.g., Kafka, Kinesis, SQS, etc.)

The hiring range for this position is $156,292.00 to $209,660.00 per year, which factors in various geographic regions. 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 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 Media & Entertainment Distribution.

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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