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Senior Manager, Machine Learning Engineering

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10055100 Location Seattle, Washington, United States Business Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology Date posted Dec. 06, 2023

Job Summary:

Job Summary

On any given day at Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology, we’re reimagining ways to create magical viewing experiences for the world’s most beloved stories while also transforming our media business for the future. Whether that’s evolving our streaming and digital products in new and immersive ways, powering worldwide advertising and distribution to enhance flexibility and efficiency, or delivering Disney’s unmatched entertainment and sports content, every day is a moment to make a difference to partners and to hundreds of millions of people around the world.

A few reasons why we think you’d love working here:

  • Building the future of Disney’s media: DE&E Technologists are designing and building the infrastructure that will power our media, advertising, and distribution businesses for years to come.

  • Reach & Scale: The products and platforms this group builds and operates delight millions of consumers every minute of every day – from Disney+ and Hulu, to ABC News and Entertainment, to ESPN and ESPN+, and much more.

  • Innovation: We develop and implement groundbreaking products and techniques that shape industry norms and enhance how audiences experience sports, entertainment & news.

Platform Software Engineering oversees the core technical platforms and systems for Disney’s extensive suite of streaming products – including Disney+ and Hulu – and digital products and experiences – including ESPN, Marvel, Disney Studios, NatGeo, and ABC News. This team also drives the strategic development and use of technology, building scalable systems and products that can power a more personalized experience for Disney customers, as well as innovative work in Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and 3D rendering in our studio environments. When you’re watching SportsCenter and you’re impressed by how amazing the studio looks, you have this team to thank!


  • Lead and grow a team to build state of the art event-driven real-time ML ecosystem

  • Provide technical direction for the ML application and pipeline management team  

  • Partner with Product and stakeholders to deliver innovative platform solutions for scalable ML development and deployment

  • Mentor and facilitate individual careers by optimizing for their success and growth

  • Maintain a culture of innovation, quality, transparency, inclusion, and empathy

  • Work in an Agile environment that focuses on collaboration and teamwork

Basic Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of experience working in large scale, event-driven and real-time distributed systems

  • 2+ years of leadership experience

  • Experience building and deploying ML models in production

  • Experience with cloud technologies in AWS or GCP as well as container systems such as Docker or Kubernetes

  • Passion for building platforms and infrastructure excellence 

  • Excellent communication and people engagement skills

Nice to have:

  • Familiarity with ML pipelines, data ecosystem and AWS technologies

  • Building ML infrastructure, streaming ML applications

  • Experience shipping entertainment and media applications for streaming purposes


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

The hiring range for this position is $197,866 to $228,800 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 Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology:

Disney Entertainment and ESPN Technology (DE&E Technology) provides the technological backbone and product development for Disney’s two media business units, while helping to keep the company at the vanguard of innovation – enabling the Company to continuously leverage technology to enhance storytelling and creativity, while delivering scalability, flexibility, and efficiency for its businesses.

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 Entertainment & ESPN Technology.

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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