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Job ID 10089333 Location Burbank, California, United States Business The Walt Disney Studios Date posted May 17, 2024

Job Summary:

The Walt Disney Studios is a leader in the industry that brings memorable, life-changing stories to the world through Disney Motion Picture Productions (MPP), Marvel Studios, 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures, and Lucasfilm. The incredible movies, shows, and characters that have come to life on the big screen and in our homes are thoroughly embedded in minds and cultures across the globe. From the Marvel Cinematic Universe, reinvented live action classics, multi-film franchises, and Oscar winning films, the studios have redefined the movie and series making by building a universe filled with creativity, innovation, and collaboration. At The Walt Disney Studios, you will be part of a team that helps propel our legacy into the future with a vision as far-reaching as our characters, worlds, and stories.  With this role on the Program Management & Enabling Technologies (PMET) team, you’ll be joining a group of seasoned, dedicated technologists supporting world class productions, developing the next generation of production technology, as well as solving a range of interesting problems in innovative ways in an exciting and dynamic environment.

We’re looking for a Senior Project Manager to oversee the successful initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, controlling and closure of a variety of projects and initiatives.  You’ll play the critical role of implementing key initiatives for the Production Technology Operations team. You’ll report to the Senior Manager of Program Management that supports both the Production Technology Architecture and Operations organizations for Walt Disney Studios.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Serve as key point of contact for Production Technology stakeholders to intake, align to budget, scope, prioritize and schedule technology implementation requests with the Operations team.

  • Lead Operations and Growth initiatives end-to-end.  This includes gathering requirements and defining scope, identifying impacted teams, sizing these impacts, and working with Management Teams to assign and schedule resources.

  • Lead large scale, complex infrastructure projects that span across internal and external departments and at times vendors.

  • Ensure clear reporting of project status from project teams including timelines, milestone tracking, budget status and risks to Executives, Stakeholders, Management Teams, and the Program Management Office.

  • Prioritize and escalate critical project tasks, execute project work plans, and revise as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements.

  • Maintain and evaluate KPI dashboards related to Portfolio, Program and Projects metrics via PowerBI.

  • Apply analytical and critical thinking to identify team, process or tool inefficiencies and risk areas, recommend solutions, create workflow diagrams, and implement projects or processes to remediate or mitigate.

  • Ensure project documents are complete, current, and stored appropriately.

  • Serve as a mentor and provide guidance for Associate Project Managers, Project Managers and/or Technical Coordinators.

 Basic Qualifications:

  • 5-7 years of experience in Technical Project Management, utilizing waterfall and agile methodologies.

  • 5+ years of experience with managing cross-functional project teams to meet expectations for team productivity, project management quality, and project goals.

  • Ability to work under pressure while managing multiple projects and initiatives; across a wide range of resources (and vendors) required for project delivery.

  • Strong experience in managing technical engineering teams across various aspects of the infrastructure topology (e.g., data centers, workflows, systems and applications, storage, and networks.)

  • Excellent meeting facilitation skills and effective team player.

  • Extensive experience with project management tools such as Smartsheet with preferred familiar with Jira.

  • Ability to develop and deliver executive-level presentations and business cases using PowerPoint or Keynote.

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to create workflow drawings and process maps utilizing Lucidchart.

  • Proficiency in using analytics tools with preference for PowerBI experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience working in Technology, Media, Content Creation, and / or Studios.

  • Proficiency in using Business Intelligence and analytics tools with preference for PowerBI experience.

  • PMP certification a plus.

Preferred Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in science or engineering; or related technical discipline.


The hiring range for this position in California is $124,000.00-$166,200.00 per year based on a 40 hour work week. The amount of hours scheduled per week may vary based on business needs. 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 The Walt Disney Studios:

For over 95 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today it brings quality movies, episodic storytelling, music, and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. The Walt Disney Studios encompasses a collection of respected film studios, including Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios, and Searchlight Pictures. It is also home to Disney Theatrical Productions, producer of world-class stage shows.

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 that includes three core business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, and Disney Experiences. 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 Walt Disney Pictures, which is part of a business we call The Walt Disney Studios.

Walt Disney Pictures 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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The Walt Disney Company and its Affiliated Companies are Equal Employment Opportunity employers and welcome all job seekers including individuals with disabilities and veterans with disabilities. If you have a disability and believe you need a reasonable accommodation in order to search for a job opening or apply for a position, email Candidate.Accommodations@Disney.com with your request. This email address is not for general employment inquiries or correspondence. We will only respond to those requests that are related to the accessibility of the online application system due to a disability.

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