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Principal Software Engineer, Backend (Java)

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10012451 Location Seattle, Washington, United States / San Francisco, California, United States / New York, New York, United States / Los Angeles, California, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Aug. 01, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

- 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.

Job Summary:

Principal Software Engineer, Backend (Java)

Hulu is a premium streaming service that offers premium originals, current season TV, a massive library of hit series and movies, and live television. Disney+ is the Disney-branded streaming service featuring an outstanding collection of content from its brands and franchises recognized and respected all over the world including Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, Disney, and NatGeo. Our combined Disney and Hulu team is looking for hardworking team players to join the Content Experience Delivery team, who will thrive upon the legacy of Disney and Hulu, embrace unconventional thinking, and who are passionate about contributing to The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer (DTC) experience through strategic hard work and determination.

The Content Experience Delivery team builds systems that provide data at scale to teams across Disney Streaming. We implement reliable, high-request services that deliver data that helps power user experiences for Disney Streaming clients including Hulu, Disney+, Star+ and ESPN+, across web, mobile, and living room devices. We are looking for a software engineer who wants to build and operate these critical services that support all Disney Streaming users.

We're a fast-paced, dynamic, collaborative and fun team, and looking forward to finding out more about you!


You'll join a hardworking group of engineers who build and manage edge-facing orchestration services - powering Disney Streaming clients running on smart TVs, smartphones, gaming consoles, FireTV, Apple TV, Roku, and others.

We're passionate about data - just like you! You'll apply your experience with technologies to construct distributed, large-scale services that provide data from a variety of backend services to our viewers.
Other things you’ll be responsible for are:

  • Leading cross team projects.

  • Coaching and mentoring other specialists on the team to ensure that all software utilizes Disney Streaming and industry best practices for resiliency.

  • Collaborate efficiently with product management, technical program management, operations, and other engineering teams to capture requirements, drive implementation, and provide transparency.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of related experience crafting large-scale, highly available services.

  • Strong programming skills in Java, Kotlin, or other object-oriented languages, and a strong grasp of computer science fundamentals (data structures, algorithms, databases, etc.)

  • Experience building RESTful, RPC, or GraphQL services.

  • Experience using source control systems and CI/CD pipelines.

  • An ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

  • A broad perspective on problem-solving.

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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience deploying and scaling within a cloud infrastructure.

  • Experience directly managing and mentoring a team.

  • Deep experience designing and building solutions with NoSQL databases and messaging systems.

  • Experience with Docker, containers and Kubernetes.

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (or related field) or equivalent work experience

Additional Information:

Location: Seattle, WA; New York, NY; or Remote. Must be willing to work Eastern Time hours as needed.


Additional Information:


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.

We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

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