Full Time Job

Supervisor, Media Engineering


Bristol, CT 02-01-2024
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description
Department/Group Overview:

Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology (DEE) is to delight consumers worldwide with the news, entertainment, and sports content they want most, with more choice, personalization, and convenience than ever before.

DEE Technology is responsible for The Walt Disney Company's direct-to-consumer businesses globally, including the ESPN+ sports streaming service, programmed in conjunction with ESPN; Disney+, the Disney-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service; global advertising sales and ad technology for all of Disney's media properties, including ABC, ESPN, Freeform, FX Networks, National Geographic, and the Disney Channels; HotStar, the leading over-the-top streaming service in India; and the Company's majority ownership stake in Hulu.

Job Summary:

Disney Media Engineers have a clear charter: to transform the capability and flexibility of how Disney acquires, produces, and distributes content worldwide, all while ensuring the highest levels of quality, efficiency, and resiliency.

Disney Media Engineers often find themselves at the crossroads between hardware and software-based technology and must possess a comprehensive theoretical and practical understanding of the technology that powers the generation, monetization, and distribution of all forms of consumer- facing linear and digital video/audio content. Responsibility includes numerous systems such as Playout Technology, Studios, Production Control Rooms, Remote Production, Post-Production, Contribution/Distribution Systems, Networking, Cloud Compute, Production Software and Virtual Environment and more.

The Engineering Services Supervisor coordinates, diagnoses, and attempts to troubleshoot incoming employee and partner support calls, tickets, and web forms which includes assigning incident/tickets for Tier 1 level support for global media production and distribution systems such as satellite or broadcast and critical business applications that support DEE Tech's mission. Dispatch/escalate issues to Tier 2 or 3 if unable to resolve quickly by Tier 1 support. Monitor the progress of critical incidents and advocate for each user that calls for assistance. Provides communication on behalf of business leadership to depts/teams/operations impacted and provide incident command. Document and ensure all critical incidents are closed and provide a running timeline of technical troubleshooting up and until resolution. Generate various reports. Maintain operational protocols/procedures for business/runbooks for all systems supported as well as operate the monitoring systems for crucial processes and workflows.

The Engineering Services Supervisor is also responsible for the day-to-day growth and leadership of their team. Executing against our team's mission is critically important and being highly organized, driven to learn complicated technical systems and able to think quickly and react under highly stressful situations are all key attributes of a Supervisor. Likewise, a good Supervisor will exemplify leadership qualities that allow them to look beyond the day-to-day toward the overall growth of their team members.

Responsibilities and Duties of the Role:
• Oversee team scheduling making sure coverage is available for critical areas at all times.
• Regularly evaluate team members providing constructive feedback.
• Oversee the closure of incidents by team in a timely manner.
• Respond to and resolve issues that affect acquisition, production, and content distribution across multiple DEE networks including system outages, malfunctions, and related technical problems, and conduct diagnostic testing, repair, and replacement activities necessary to solve routine, specialized, and complex problems.
• Utilize system health and performance monitoring software and platforms; troubleshoot and participate in repairing system problems and failures, participates in maintenance of systems, installs software patches, updates etc., to resolve and avoid service problems, and troubleshoots system problems as they relate to these services
• Analyze and troubleshoot streaming audio/video signals in traditional SDI and IP 2110 essence flow routing environments.
• When required perform preventative maintenance on all broadcast systems and equipment, such as distribution systems, switchers, consoles, playout servers, cameras, robotics, electromechanical equipment, automation systems and radio facilities to ensure optimum broadcast performance.
• Participates in engineering projects at the direction of more experienced engineers.
• Reviews and contributes to system/workflow documentation.
• Support third-party service providers by enforcing the agreed upon scope of services within the various signed service agreements (i.e., full time, freelance, union agencies, maintenance providers, contractors, service providers, etc.).
• Select, train, motivate and evaluate technical staff; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures.
• Support the procurement of equipment, supplies and materials for Media technology systems within budget guidelines; receive and maintain equipment and supplies.
• Support long range planning for future media technology needs, including capital improvements, to enhance production and distribution capabilities.
• Lead the development and implementation of policies and procedures regarding technology facilities with a focus on maximizing the integration of all systems to meet business, marketing, and entertainment goals.
• Lead operational support of all activities related to operating, maintaining, and programming the audio and video production/distribution systems across the enterprise and other connected properties.
• Participates in regular training and development objectives.
• Extraordinary influencer who is skilled at connecting the dots at the organization, strategy, program, project, and event levels. Able to persuade and change the thinking of others without damaging relationships.
• Comfort working in a fast-paced, growth environment with minimal direction, delivering under tight deadlines while multitasking, prioritizing projects, and communicating priority updates to team members.
• Able to operate with limited resources, exhibit dispassionate critical-thinking, and creatively solve problems. Motivated and inventive, always finds a way forward-eternal optimist with a committed drive for contributing and making a difference.
• Any other duties needed to help achieve Business Objectives

Required Education, Experience/Skills/Training:

Minimum Qualifications:
• 6+ years of previous and relevant experience in ensuring efficient sustainment, uptime, and overall stability of the technical environments of Media Engineering and live media production and distribution environments.
• Bachelor's Degree in electrical engineering, computer science or equivalent major, and/or equivalent work experience.
• Expert level knowledge and experience with integrating, implementing, or refreshing broadcast control room equipment, including familiarity with modern broadcast cabling infrastructure used in broadcast environments.
• Proficient in SMPTE standards for broadcast television and video production/streaming environments with a current certification such as not limited to ST 292M, ST 424M, ST 2110, ST 2059, IEE1588, ST 2022-7, SCTE-104, etc.
• Advanced level knowledge and


Jobcode: Reference SBJ-d9vve7-100-26-196-222-42 in your application.

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.