Full Time Job

Principal Engineer


New York, NY 10-25-2021
  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Executive (10+ years) Experience
Job Description

As television and media habits change, our mission remains true to the principles that founded Discovery – every day we seek to ignite people's curiosity to engage, entertain and enlighten the world around them through amazing viewing experiences.

The Direct to Consumer Group (DTC) is a technology company within the Discovery brand. We are building a global streaming video platform, and a suite of applications to support all of our network's brands globally. Our cloud-based platform covers everything from search, catalog, video transcoding, personalization, to global subscriptions, and really much more. We build user experiences ranging from classic lean-back viewing to interactive learning applications. We build for connected TVs, web, mobile phones, tablets, and consoles for a large footprint of Discovery-owned networks around the world - Discovery, Food Network, Golf TV, MotorTrend, Eurosport, Dplay, Discovery+ and many more. This is a growing, global engineering group crucial to Discovery's future.

We're hiring a talented Principal Architect that is passionate about using software-based approaches to solve complex infrastructure challenges and automate those solutions. You'll be part of an engineering organization where you'll lead and contribute to initiatives aimed at scaling our infrastructure, processes, systems, and automation capabilities. You'll build a deep understanding of the Discovery+ digital streaming service and use that knowledge, coupled with your engineering, infrastructure and cloud knowledge, to optimize and evolve both the entire developer experience as well as the reliability, availability, serviceability, and price/performance of all global products and services hosted by our cloud platform and edge services.


To be successful, you'll need to be deeply technical and capable of holding your own with other strong peers. You possess excellent collaboration and diplomacy skills. You have practical experience with infrastructure-as-code (IaC) solutions as well as related areas including site reliability engineering, CICD, DevOps, DevSecOps, ChatOps, GitOps and Agile development. In addition, you'll have strong distributed systems design knowledge and related troubleshooting skills.

An ideal candidate will be a creative thinker and passionate about big picture architecture and technology as well as drive innovation and ultimately produce delightful experiences for customers. This person will demonstrate data-driven open minded decision making, have an insatiable curiosity, love to invent and innovate to solve difficult challenges in a fast-paced global environment.

If you love solving problems at scale, prefer to build scalable, reliable, and testable software products and systems to automate platform and infrastructure management globally, are an ace troubleshooter, and are deeply technical, then this is the role for you!


Key Responsibilities
• Plan, lead, and execute large and complicated technical projects and initiatives that interact with a wide variety of teams and thought leaders across the company.
• Work with internal customers and stakeholders to drive the design, development and support of our Discovery+ cloud platform.
• Work on providing a highly automated infrastructure for deploying and scaling a distributed, multi-tenant, high performance compute and data platform.
• Develop solutions to facilitate success through greater automation and operability of services across all of DTC.
• Make high impact decisions driving how and what software gets built. Your decisions are often right, and you are persuasive in delivering your suggestions and ideas to your team.
• Mentor senior engineers, overseeing their designs, code quality, and integration into a team. Your success is judged as much on your own productivity as on the positive impact you have on engineers around you.
• Provide guidance on design, coding, and operational best practices, and have a track-record of applying these best practices to software that you have worked on. You can propose and create best practices proactively where none exist.
• Utilize your deep experience and problem solving skills to help prevent and investigate production issues as well as participate in a shared on-call rotation.

Skills and Experience
• At least 10 years of overall experience in software, systems, and infrastructure
• At least 5 years of experience managing public cloud infrastructure, such as AWS, GCP, or Azure, including design, implementation, and maintenance of large scale compute environments.
• Strong software development skills in languages such as Go, Java, Python. Must have CS fundamentals and a track record of implementing highly reliable software.
• Working knowledge and familiarity with Terraform, Ansible, Salt, Pulumi, CloudFormation and/or other similar tooling.
• Deep understanding of Docker, Linux, networking, distributed systems, microservice architecture, cloud design patterns, and security.
• Experience with container orchestration technologies such as Kubernetes, OpenShift, DC/OS (Mesos / Marathon), Titus, AWS EKS, or Google GKE is strongly desired.
• Able to calmly and efficiently debug, troubleshoot, and resolve complex technical issues.
• Solid interpersonal skills conducive to a team environment.
• Self-driven & motivated, with a strong sense of ownership, work ethic, and a passion for problem solving.
• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills. Can effectively communicate vision and plan with the audience.
• Experience in working across product, engineering, and analytics teams to evaluate new ideas, discuss technical concepts, create scalable designs, implement new models, and make tradeoffs to remove roadblocks.
• BS/CS, MS/CS or equivalent.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-rjv9me-54-158-251-104-42 in your application.

Company Profile

Discovery, Inc. is the global leader in real life entertainment. We serve passionate fans with content that inspires, informs, and entertains, providing leadership across deeply loved and trusted brands, such as Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, HGTV, Food Network, and Travel Channel.