The Walt Disney Company
Create the Tech Behind Our Magic
Seattle, WA

Sr Staff Product Engineer (Cloud) at The Walt Disney Company

| Seattle, WA
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The Enterprise Technology mission is to deliver technology solutions that align to business strategies while enabling enterprise efficiency and promoting cross-company collaborative innovation. The Enterprise Technology organization drives competitive advantage by enhancing our consumer experiences, enabling business growth, and advancing operational excellence.
This role will be a part of the Cloud, Infrastructure, and Reliability Engineering organization. Our mission is to protect, operate, and continuously improve Disney’s experiences, products, & services focusing on availability, latency, automation, & cross-company collaboration.
The cloud first strategy has driven extreme growth across the cloud providers, platforms, and tools teams use across the enterprise to deliver Disney Experiences. This team will be responsible for engineering platforms, services, and managing the strategic relationships with our cloud, observability, engineering tooling, and CDN providers. They will also be charged with identifying cost savings opportunities and sharing cost savings strategies across the enterprise.
The ideal candidate will have a history of “hands on” top level engineering and providing technical direction on enterprise level projects. Exemplary leadership and communication abilities (both verbal and written) are a must; this role will partner closely with business and technology executives in delivering systems which meet and exceed business objectives.
Responsibilities :
  • Leads the market analysis of products, platforms, and features released by Cloud Providers and tool vendors
  • Manages the governance process to coordinate and prioritized the feedback for feature requests and enhancements to the Cloud Providers, tool vendors, and platform engineering teams from the segment stakeholders
  • Works with engineering leaders to analyze the cloud data to help drive business/technical decisions, forecasting, and optimizations
  • Leads engagements with TWDC Segment leaders and works with team to translate into requirements into POC and working solutions
  • Leads the team to Identification and tracking segment & program issues across the Cloud providers, tools vendors, and platforms
  • Creates functional prototypes offering a solution in conjunction with engineering teams
  • Leads team representing Disney on engineering community meetings
  • Performs market and industry analysis of trends and conditions
  • Performs analysis of feasibility, cost, and return on investment for product ideas
  • Manage the budget requirements for projects and has team prepare PAR’s for funding
  • Aligns with finance to develop chargeback/allocation models for recovery of service offerings
  • Leads communities across the segments around cloud, cost optimizations, and tooling best practices
  • Oversee the lifecycle of products from inception to operationalization
  • Takes calculated risks
  • Excellent interpersonal, business development and communication skills are an absolute must with a demonstrated ability to work well with engineering, creative and marketing leaders, including the ability to thoughtfully present to senior executives.

Basic Qualifications :
  • 7 years experience in software engineering, product engineering, data engineering or systems engineering team
  • 4 years cloud experience
  • Expert knowledge of cloud providers (AWS, Google, and Azure) to build solutions
  • Expert knowledge of engineering platforms and tools
  • Ability to work with large data sets for analysis and interpretation of business results
  • Can lead SCRUM/Lean Agile frameworks
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills to executives and technical teams
  • Ability to resolve conflict
  • Takes calculated risks and makes sound decisions
  • Ability to influence segments
  • Prioritizes work for agile teams, making tradeoffs as necessary
  • Date driven and manages to deliverables. Strong communication and ability to work cross-functionally with other functions, such as designers, product managers, data scientists, engineers, or SRE, to deliver products
  • Strong communication and ability to work cross-functionally with other functions, such as designers, product managers, data scientists, engineers, DBRE or SRE, to deliver products
  • Experience setting strategic vision, owning and resolving issues that impact design, product success, or address future concepts, products, or technologies
  • Disciplined approach to maintaining and enforcing engineering best practices
  • Ability to synthesize robust and cost-effective technical solutions against customer requirements providing buy versus build decision making
  • Consistent, compassionate and inspiring manager to the team
  • Positive can-do partnership attitude while working with teams, cross-functional teams and cross-functional business units
  • Must be detail oriented, self-organized, and capable of simultaneously tracking multiple issues of varying complexity

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Proven experience managing software development lifecycle platforms and tools
  • Excellent written and verbal communications, proven ability to develop and deliver presentations geared for Senior and Executive Management
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and proven experience managing teams in highly matrixed organizations
  • Working knowledge of advanced scripting and programing languages such as Python, Go, C++, Ruby, or JAVA or working knowledge of data systems such as Snowflake, Databricks, RedShift, Splunk, or other data platforms
  • Proven ability to manage budgets
  • Experience with cloud application development platforms, tools and utilities
  • Experiencing managing multiple engineering projects across public and private cloud solutions

Required Education :
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or Data Science
  • Certification in one or more cloud providers

Preferred Education :
  • Master’s Degree in Computer Science

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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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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.


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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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