Sr. Software Engineer at The Walt Disney Company (Santa Monica)

| Santa Monica | Hybrid
Employer Provided Salary: $129,560-$199,870 Annually
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We are seeking a motivated and experienced senior engineer to help develop and maintain Disney's systems and products.. As an engineer on this team, you will work with a team of peers to design, build, and manage scalable distributed systems & applied algorithms that power consumer facing and/or internal systems. This team has an enormous impact on millions of users. As a senior engineer, you will be asked to provide technical leadership in driving innovation and delivering high-quality search features at scale.
  • Design, develop, and maintain our search technology to enhance the user experience for Disney customers
  • Participate in architecture design for search, relevance, and ranking problems
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams like Product and Program to identify search-related business requirements and provide technical solutions
  • Mentor, empower and provide career growth opportunities for team members
  • Foster and maintain effective communication channels with your team members, stakeholders, and leadership.
  • Monitor and improve the performance, scalability, and reliability of our search infrastructure
  • Leave systems better than you found them

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Software, Electrical or Electronics Engineering, or comparable field of study, and/or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in software engineering, with a focus on building well-designed architecture, shipping robust code and contributing to a positive team environment
  • Demonstrated success in being part of a team problem-solving, designing and implementing software at scale
  • Mentorship experience & a desire to help your fellow engineers get better at what they do
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, with experience presenting and explaining complex technical ideas to peers and leadership
  • Biased towards action, with experience delivering high-quality software solutions on time, at scale and within budget.

Nice To Haves:
  • Solid understanding of search technologies, such as Elasticsearch, Solr, or Lucene, and applied machine learning techniques, such as supervised and unsupervised learning, deep learning, and natural language processing.
  • Experience with search relevance tuning, query optimization, and ranking algorithms that incorporate applied machine learning techniques.

The hiring range for this position is $129,560 to $199,870 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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An Insider's view of The Walt Disney Company

How does the company support your career growth?

Over my 13 years with the company, I’ve had passionate leaders and colleagues with diverse backgrounds who have taught me and given me opportunities to expand into areas I never thought possible. You have the freedom to take career risks and apply your previous experience in ways you may not anticipate.


Product Management Director

What is your vision for the company?

Disney has always been at the heart of the evolution of the media industry, and technology is an essential part of that. The way that we tell and consume stories in the future is going to be completely different than it is today, and The Walt Disney Company is uniquely positioned to shape and create that future.


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What are The Walt Disney Company Perks + Benefits

The Walt Disney Company Benefits Overview

Because our employees and cast members are at the heart of everything we do, Disney offers a competitive total rewards package that includes pay, health and savings benefits, time-off programs, educational opportunities and more. Together, these rewards make up a comprehensive package that help you live your best life, grow personally and professionally and take advantage of the special extras that only Disney can provide.

Eligibility for certain reward programs will vary based on your job status, work location and/or the terms of any applicable collective bargaining agreement.

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