Senior Software Engineer

| New York, NY, USA | Hybrid
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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 improve 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 implement groundbreaking products and techniques that shape industry norms and enhance how audiences experience sports, entertainment & news.

Media Engineering is an innovative organization that is focused on providing the best possible video playback experience, art, and metadata to customers around the world, powered by exceptional technology. This strategic work requires streamlining and repurposing technology across different business and distribution channels - including streaming, linear, and theatrical - so that technology can ebb and flow across the needs of the business.
The Media Processing & Distribution team on the hunt for a seasoned Senior Software Engineer to spearhead the development and enhancement of backend systems, emphasizing scalability, dependability, and performance.
We are looking for a Senior Software Engineer to develop and enhance our backend systems, emphasizing scalability, reliability, and performance. This role demands expertise in backend programming languages, cloud solutions, and data processing flows.
Responsibilities: • Design and implement scalable backend services using modern programming languages.• Orchestrate data streams with Kafka to ensure high throughput and data integrity.• Utilize AWS cloud services to build and maintain high-availability infrastructure.• Collaborate with the engineering team to enhance code quality through unit tests, automation, and code reviews.• Participate in all phases of the software development lifecycle, from concept to deployment.• Design, develop, and maintain APIs and backend services.• Engage in solving sophisticated problems and devising innovative solutions.
Qualifications: • 5+ years of experience in 1 or more backend programming languages (e.g., Java, Kotlin, Python, Go, Scala).• Experience with 1 or more cloud solutions (e.g., AWS, Azure, Google Cloud).• Degree in Engineering or a related field, or equivalent hands-on experience.• Proficiency with streaming data frameworks like Kafka.• Ability to design, develop, and maintain backend services and APIs.
We'd love to see: • Experience with Scala (ZIO, Akka)• Experience with NoSQL databases (e.g., DynamoDB, Redis, ScyllaDB).• Experience with observability platforms (e.g., Datadog, New Relic, Honeycomb).• Familiarity with technologies such as Kubernetes• Eagerness to tackle new challenges and manage multiple responsibilities in a fast-paced environment
The hiring range for this position in New York is $142,600-$191,200 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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