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Technical Program Manager


Seattle, WA 04-02-2024
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description
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.

Business Operations is the glue of DE&E Technology, with a relentless focus on connecting all the pieces of the business. All the components that make up the organization – engineering, product, design, operations, support and more – come together and move the business forward with oversight, effective prioritization, and guidance. This team synthesizes information from across the business to ensure leaders are armed with all the necessary data before making strategic and financial decisions. From forecasting, funding, tracking, and reporting on projects, to ways of working, and resource management, Business Operations has visibility and input into all aspects of the team.

The Global Program Management team for Data Platforms is focused on driving delivery for DE&E Technology's Data Product and Engineering. This also includes programming systems, distribution of digital and linear networks worldwide, and much more. The department supports a diverse set of Disney brands across streaming and digital, including Disney+, Hulu, ABC and ESPN.

The Business Operations - Global Program Management Team in Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology is looking for a Manager, Technical Program Management to lead the planning and execution of strategic Data Platforms programs within the DE&E Technology portfolio.

This position requires proven experience managing a team of professional employees and in program management. Ideal candidates must be highly proactive, detail-oriented, and work on multiple assignments that may span the department autonomously. They must be capable of clearly communicating schedules, risks, status, and processes to various business and technical audiences. They must partner with program and project managers and technical leads outside their area to coordinate schedules and deliverables.

The Business Operations Team is looking for a Technical Program Manager to drive business-critical initiatives across multiple teams within the Disney Entertainment and ESPM Technology. This role will partner with Product Management and Engineering to translate business value into actionable plans and execute on the delivery of strategic initiatives. This role requires technical understanding, attention to detail, a strong sense of accountability and ownership, collaboration, and experience managing cross workstream teams. If you are someone who thrives in a collaborative environment, jumps at the opportunity to work on impactful and complex problems, and constantly seeks out new challenges, then this is a great role for you.

• Lead multiple programs across multiple engineering teams to deliver their products, and objectives in a fast-paced and complex environment
• Develop strong partnerships with engineering, product management and analytics leaders to drive focus on strategic and tactical program objectives
• Build strategic relationships with key engineering and business leaders to ensure program success
• Drive teams in planning and executing roadmaps, releases, and work backlogs using agile methodologies
• Lead efforts to identify risks, resolve key project blockers, and establish appropriate resolution paths
• Fill in gaps across roles and functions as needed, performing as an adaptive problem solver
• Develop and execute change management and communication plans and engage with the stakeholders to report progress and raise issues
• Create a collaborative work environment that cultivates shared understanding, transparency, mastery, autonomy, innovation and continuous learning
• Exhibit a high tolerance for context switching and interruptions while remaining productive and able to provide effective guidance

Basic Qualifications:
• 5+ years of experience in technical program management, preferably with a focus on data engineering, data platforms, or data analytics
• Experience with large-scale organizational change efforts
• Experience in building broad, large-scale communications plans on all active initiatives and programs
• Love and interest for Data while taking chaos and turning it into something actionable
• High sense of ownership and focus on building fast with awareness of limitations
• Experience in Agile software development with expertise in Scrum methodology and practices
• Good understanding of SQL, ETL processing, Data Warehousing, and familiarity with BI Visualization tools such as Looker and Tableau
• Working knowledge of modern program management, analysis, tracking, and reporting tools such as Jira/Confluence, Airtable, G-Suite (Google: Docs, Sheets, Slides) , and MS Office
• Knowledge of software development life cycle (SDLC)
• BA/BS or equivalent experience required


The hiring range for this position in Seattle, WA is $129,900 - $174,100 per year and in Santa Monica, CA is $124,000 - $166,200 per year. 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, 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.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-gm039v-44-201-97-224-42 in your application.

Salary Details
Salary Range: $129,900 to $174,100 Per Year ($ 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.