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Sr Manager, Machine Learning Engineering

Job ID 10055100 Location New York, New York, United States / Santa Monica, California, United States / San Francisco, California, United States / Seattle, Washington, United States Business Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology Date posted Jun. 14, 2024
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Job Summary:

Overview:

The vision of the Machine Learning (ML) Engineering team at Disney is to drive and enable ML usage across several domains in heterogeneous language environments and at all stages of a project’s life cycle, including ad-hoc exploration, preparing training data, model development, and robust production deployment.  The team is invested in continual innovation on the ML infrastructure itself to carefully orchestrate a continuous cycle of learning, inference, and observation while also maintaining high system availability and reliability. We seek to maximize the positive business impact of all ML at Disney streaming by supporting key product functions like personalization and recommendation, fraud and abuse prevention, capacity planning, subscriber growth and lifecycle intelligence, and so on.

We’re looking for an engineering leader interested in leading the Model Engineering team (part of ML Platform) that builds interfaces, tooling and services to develop and deploy ML models, host and manage them in a high-availability and low-latency production ecosystem. The leader will drive the technical strategy, partner with platform partners and stakeholders, seek feedback, and focus on continuous development and improvement of the ML runtime, and simplified user onboarding.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead and grow a team to build state of the art ML runtime environment

  • Provide technical direction for the Model Engineering team

  • Partner with Product and stakeholders to deliver innovative platform solutions for scalable ML development and deployment

  • Mentor and facilitate individual careers by optimizing for their success and growth

  • Maintain a culture of innovation, quality, transparency, inclusion, and empathy

  • Work in an Agile environment that focuses on collaboration and teamwork

Basic Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of software experience working in large scale, real-time distributed systems

  • 3+ years of leadership experience

  • Experience building and deploying ML models in production

  • Experience with cloud technologies in AWS or GCP as well as container systems such as Docker or Kubernetes

  • Passion for building platforms and infrastructure excellence

  • Excellent communication and people engagement skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with ML pipelines, data ecosystem and AWS technologies

  • Building ML infrastructure, streaming ML applications

  • Experience shipping entertainment and media applications for streaming purposes

Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (or related field) and/or equivalent work experience


The hiring range for this position in New York is $208,400 to $279,500 per year, in California is $199,000 to $292,200 per year, and in Washington is $208,400 to $279,500 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.

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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.

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 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.

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