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Lead Software Engineer (Front End)

Job ID 10090775 Location Seattle, Washington, United States / Santa Monica, California, United States / San Francisco, California, United States / New York, New York, United States / Los Angeles, California, United States / Burbank, California, United States Business Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology Date posted Jun. 05, 2024
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"I didn't think it was possible that something I did for fun - telling sports stories through stats - could become my job until I came here."

Ana, Sr. Researcher, ESPN

Job Summary:

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.

As part of the Living Room Devices, Browser Based Device, Client Application Engineering Team, you will help us push the boundaries of what is possible on some of the most interesting 10-foot devices and TVs in the marketplace! You’ll be part of the team that builds our Direct-to-Consumer client apps, such as Disney+, Star+, ESPN and Hulu on a wide range of devices that run on browser and JavaScript technologies.

**This is an on-site position and must sit in one of our locations listed above**

Job Summary:

We’re seeking a Lead Software Engineer who will be an outstanding addition to our JavaScript browser-based devices team. The right person for this role is highly motivated, collaborative, and technical, with the ability to coordinate across teams and empower both themselves and others in striving for and achieving excellence. Everything we do directly affects millions of global consumers, their experience with our service, and impacts our business.  

Responsibilities and Duties of the Role:

  • Rapidly prototype and implement scalable, reliable, and maintainable media applications with an advanced skillset and experience using TypeScript, JavaScript, and other web development technologies.
  • Work closely with UX designers, product managers, and engineering leadership to build best-of-class, delightful streaming experiences.
  • Collaborate with other developers to build, review, and deliver modern media applications to Samsung, LG, and other streaming-media devices.
  • Use data and experimentation to reinforce the value of new product functionality, ensure that we are providing the best experience possible for our viewers, and continuously improve our applications.
  • Provide mentorship to junior software engineers.

Required Education, Experience/Skills/Training:

Basic Qualifications

  • 7+ years of experience in front-end application development with proficiency in writing optimized JavaScript (ES5 &ES6) and TypeScript with a low memory footprint.
  • Leadership, the ability to identify problems and drive towards solutions, and an eagerness to learn and teach new technologies & solve novel problems.
  • Experience building browser-based applications using TypeScript, JavaScript, Preact/React and Redux.
  • A deep understanding of computer science fundamentals (data structures, algorithms, etc.).
  • Experience developing sophisticated user interfaces in a large and organized codebase.
  • Work samples demonstrating experience in building great user interfaces.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with our common development tools such as: GitHub, Jenkins, Webpack, AWS, Confluence, JIRA.
  • Experience building applications backed by web-services is a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience developing for memory and CPU constrained devices from TVs to set-top boxes, including Samsung, LG, Vizio or similar.
  • Launched or worked on an international product.
  • Strong experience with Scrum methodology.

Required Education  

Bachelor’s degree or better in Computer Science or a related technical field or equivalent job experience.


The hiring range for this position in Seattle, WA and New York, NY is $156,300 - $209,600 per year, in Santa Monica and Burbank CA is $149,300 - $200,200, and in San Francisco CA is $163,500 - $219,200. 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.

We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

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