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Principal Software Engineer

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10057263 Location Seattle, Washington, United States / Santa Monica, California, United States / New York, New York, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Aug. 04, 2023

Job Summary:


The Disney content catalog is one of the largest in the world. A lot goes into creating it. Our content delivery systems are excellent at presenting the catalog to our viewers reliably and speedily. The Content & Experience Delivery (CXD) team builds systems that provide data at scale to viewers across Hulu, Disney+, ESPN+, and Star+ (DSS). We build and operate low latency, high availability services that power the content browsing experiences for hundreds of millions of viewers across the world. We're looking for a principal engineer who can contribute to the design of systems that can support billions of requests every day in support of providing a delightful content browsing experience to our viewers. 


There's a lot that goes into delivering content to Disney Streaming viewers across the world. Disney Streaming teams need to manage ratings, licensing, localization, promotional content, content protection, content metadata, and much more. Content & Experience delivery is the nexus of many content data domains within Disney Streaming. We are the data backbone that powers that browsing experience for all Disney Streaming services. As a Principal Engineer in CXD you'll design systems that improve how we gather and serve data at scale to all Disney Streaming viewers.

  • You'll meet with engineering and product teams to understand their goals

  • You'll consult and brainstorm with other engineering leaders

  • You'll design systems that meet the objectives of Disney Streaming.

  • You'll prototype solutions that prove out your ideas.

  • You'll get feedback on your ideas through detailed RFCs

  • You'll lead engineering teams through implementation in support of your designs.

  • You'll consult with engineering teams to help them identify solutions to the problems they are solving.

  • You'll define and tweak operational models to support highly available and performant systems.


  • 10+ years of related experience crafting large-scale, highly available Java services utilizing various database and messaging technologies.

  • A broad perspective on problem-solving.

  • An ability to champion cross-team projects.

  • An ability t coach and mentor other specialists on the team to ensure that all software utilizes DSS and industry best practices for scalable, fault tolerant system design.

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

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

  • Experience designing and building multi system, cross team event-driven systems architectures (reactive design)

  • Deep experience building and managing services on AWS

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


  • Cloud native system design

  • Experience deploying and scaling within a cloud infrastructure.

  • Deep experience with reactive programming on JVM languages. Ideally Java.

  • Deep experience as a service operator with experience creating and managing observability systems.

  • Experience with streaming platforms such as Kafka, Kinesis, of Flink.

  • Hands on experience managing AWS services with specific experience using Terraform or other IAC tools.

  • Hands on experience building on and managing distributed NoSQL data stores such as DynamoDB, Cassandra, Scylla, and Couchbase

  • Experience working with remote global teams and a flexible schedule across different time zones.

The hiring range for this position in Seattle, WA is $172,282.00- $231,110.00 per year and in New York City is $172,282.00-$231,110.00 per year and in San Francisco, CA is $180,154 to $241,70. 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 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, 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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