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Sr Software Engineer - Data Experience

Job ID 10092618 Location Seattle, Washington, United States / Santa Monica, California, United States Business Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology Date posted Jun. 20, 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:

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.

The Product & Data Engineering team is responsible for end to end development for Disney’s world-class consumer-facing products, including streaming platforms Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+, and digital products & experiences across ESPN, Marvel, Disney Studios, NatGeo, and ABC News. The team drives innovation at scale for millions of consumers around the world across Apple, Android, Smart TVs, game consoles, and the web, with our platforms powering core experiences like personalization, search, messaging and data.

Job Summary:

Data Experience is a tightly-knit team working within the Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology (DE&E Technology) Data department. We focus on building cutting-edge applications, reducing redundancy, and providing end-to-end solutions that optimize our business processes. While focused on full-stack application development, we often foray into platform connectivity, BI tools, and big-data visualizations.

As the business moves toward more data-driven decision making, the ability to access data easily becomes very important. In turn, we work closely with Data Science, Marketing, and Personalization teams to create one-of-a-kind applications that enable The Walt Disney Company to reach new heights of customer outreach and conversion. While we use known technologies to speed our development process, we also contribute to and push enterprise design and productivity through our innovative partnerships.

Using your skills and experience in full-stack development, you will join a fun team of technically capable individuals that pride themselves on delivering the highest quality product.  Most of our applications are written in a NodeJS/Typescript/React stack, but we are able to cover many languages and frameworks with our breadth of experience.  In this role, you will focus on our Near-Real-Time reporting and visualizations platform. The work is fun and challenging, and we are often asked to break new ground in terms of user experience and application functionality.

Join our small-but-mighty team in DE&E Technology and be a part of the magic!


  • Full-stack application development using NodeJS/Express/React Typescript stack - Creation, maintenance, and support of a Near-Real-Time reporting and visualization platform from API-layer outward

  • Planning discussions, team interactions, creating feature proposals

  • Broader platform team discussions, interactions and initiatives, including supporting a broad platform of associated tooling through on-call rotation

  • Collaborate on architectural designs and help plan for maintainability, observability, and future development concerns

  • Ensure high operational efficiency and quality of your solutions to meet SLAs and support commitment to our customers

  • Be an active participant and advocate of agile/scrum practice to ensure health and process improvements for your team

  • Write code that is concise, optimized, and well-tested

  • Write documentation for platform, functionality, or processes to augment knowledge transfer

  • Review teammate’s code and pull requests for overall quality, standards alignment, and test coverage

  • Support the strategic analysis of existing technologies, future projects, and execution options

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a closely related field AND 5 years of progressive experience in a software development (SDE) occupation, including automated testing of front end and backend services

  • Proficient in application development including NodeJS and React in JavaScript / Typescript

  • 5+ years of experience with full-stack application development

  • 5+ years of experience with high-test coverage delivery using unit- and front-end-test frameworks

  • 3+ years of experience implementing visualization libraries (D3, for example)

  • Experience with application builds in an infrastructure-as-code system (Terraform, Kubernetes, Cloud Formation, etc.)

  • Experience with development in a CI/CD/CT environment

  • Experience with performance tuning for large-data-set front-end / visualizations

  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills

  • Organized, detail-oriented and able to deliver project tasks on time

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Being a highly motivated, self-starting individual.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with large-scale data libraries such as Druid

  • Experience collaborating with shared React component library, developing applications in cloud platforms (e.g. AWS), and working with Agile methodologies

  • Experience with Kafka, Amazon SQS, or Kinesis 

  • Experience with Docker, Kubernetes, Spinnaker, and continuous integration/delivery systems

  • Experience developing mocking mechanisms for tests

The hiring range for this position in Seattle, WA or New York, NY is between $142,600 - 191,100, Los Angeles, CA is between $136,100 to $182,400 year, in San Francisco is between $149,000 – 199,800. 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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