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Lead Software Engineer


New York, NY 07-01-2024
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description
Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology
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 Disney's 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 maximize 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 for Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology
• Building the future of Disney's media business: DE&E Technologists are designing and building the infrastructure that will power Disney's 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 execute groundbreaking products and techniques that shape industry norms and enhance how audiences experience sports, entertainment & news.

User Foundations

The User Foundations team builds critical User Capabilities that are shared across all experiences on the streaming services: Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ and Star+. We implement reliable, high-throughput services and pipelines for gathering information about our users, and delivering personalized experiences. We're a fast-paced, dynamic, collaborative and fun team, and are looking for someone who can slot right in and start delivering from day 1.

Job Summary:
As a Lead Software Engineer, you will collaborate closely with engineers, project managers, and product managers to find the best solution for our viewers. You will drive projects end-to-end: designing the initial solution; finding alignment with partner teams; execution of the necessary code; and overseeing the deployment of code to production. Members of the team look to your code and documentation as examples of excellence. You value good-faith collaboration, driving best practices, and promoting excellence on your team. If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you!

Responsibilities and Duties of the Role:
• 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 milestones with reasonable deadlines.
• 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.
• Set best practices for the team for on-call responsibilities such as deployments, monitoring, and investigating incidents
• Use logs, monitoring tools, and work with developers to determine root causes across distributed components.
• Perform code reviews for members of the team, bearing a sense of responsibility for approved code.
• Coach and mentor teammates in an open, respectful, flexible, empathetic manner. Help onboard new team members. 8% each

Required Education, Experience/Skills/Training:

Basic Qualifications
• Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Software, Electrical or Electronics Engineering, or comparable field of study, and/or equivalent work experience
• 7+ years of related experience crafting and operating backend services, including 1+ years of related experience crafting and operating large-scale, high-availability backend services.
• Experience crafting and operating JVM services (such as Java, Scala, Kotlin).
• Proven track record of designing and driving consensus on backend architectures.
• Deep understanding of and experience using caching technologies (such as Redis, Memcached, EHcache).
• Strong grasp of computer science fundamentals (data structures, algorithms, databases, etc).
• Strong understanding of design patterns and principles.
• Experience with asynchronous programming.
• Experience with object-oriented programming patterns.
• Experience with functional programming patterns.
• Experience using source control systems and CI/CD pipelines (such as git, Github, Jenkins).
• Experience with AGILE/Scrum practices.
• Skilled at work breakdown and task estimation.
• 1+ years practicing operational best practices for service maintenance.
• Experience deploying and scaling within a cloud infrastructure.
• Experience with observability tools for metrics, logging, and monitoring (such as Datadog, Grafana).
• Strong communication skills and a desire to share your knowledge with team members and others across Disney Streaming.

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience collaborating to drive organizational change.

The hiring range for this position in New York City is $156300- $209600. 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.

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, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney champions a business environment where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a constantly evolving world.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-rnzyq3-44-200-194-255-42 in your application.

Salary Details
Salary Range: $156,300 to $209,600 Per Year ($ USD)
Company Profile

The Walt Disney Company Media Networks segment includes cable and broadcast television networks, television production and distribution operations, publishing, domestic television stations, digital businesses and radio networks and stations.