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The Walt Disney Company Lead Software Engineer in Bristol, Connecticut

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 our 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 enhance 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 here:

  • Building the future of Disney’s media: DE&E Technologists are designing and building the infrastructure that will power our 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.

Platform Software Engineering oversees the core technical platforms and systems for Disney’s massive suite of streaming products – including Disney+ and Hulu – and digital products and experiences – including ESPN, Marvel, Disney Studios, NatGeo, and ABC News. This team also drives the strategic development and use of technology, building scalable systems and products that can power a more personalized experience for Disney customers, as well as innovative work in Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and 3D rendering in our studio environments. When you’re watching SportsCenter and you’re impressed by how awesome the studio looks, you have this team to thank!As a member on DE&ET's Web Commerce and Identity team you’ll build tools to increase efficiencies for engineers, architect and maintain a unified platform shared between DE&ET's products and promote a culture of engineering excellence. We are looking for fast learners who understand modular development and have a commitment to developer experience. You will be surrounded by colleagues eager to help you succeed and be part of an ambitious, impactful, rewarding culture. Our team encourages experimentation and embraces productive failure.

As a Lead Software Engineer on the Interactive Platform Engineering team you will participate in the design, development and testing of extremely high throughput, low latency user generated content systems. These systems are used to drive highly personalized and rewarding user experiences across a broad spectrum of Disney products including ESPN Fantasy Football, Marvel, ABC News and National Geographic.


  • demonstrate your passion for technology by solving unique challenges within the industry

  • rely on your sense of ownership and professional pride to deliver high quality, low maintenance software

  • gain and/or apply mastery of Java, AWS, Cassandra and other leading high scale technologies

  • leverage strong communication skills to collaborate with various technical and product stakeholders

  • partner with tech leaders to help grow and mentor fellow engineers

  • feed your thirst for learning new skills and technology as part of the larger DEE organization

  • Java development / automated testing

  • maintenance and support

  • design/planning/mentoring

Basic Qualifications :

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, information systems, software, electrical or electronics engineering, or comparable field of study, and/or equivalent work experience

  • Minimum 7+ years of professional experience

  • Deep understanding of the Java programming language and object-oriented programming

  • Self-starter with proven ability to deliver high quality software in a pragmatic fashion

  • Proven ability to solve challenging technical problems

  • Proven ability to learn new technology and/or complex systems

  • Proven ability and highly motivated to mentor and help grow other engineers

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with both technical and non-technical audiences

Preferred qualifications:

  • 10+ years of professional experience

  • Master's Degree in Computer Science

  • Hands on experience with Cassandra or other NoSQL DBs

  • Full stack / front end engineering experience

  • Hands on experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS)

  • Experience working on highly scalable real time software platforms

The hiring range for this position in CT, CA, WA, and NY is $149,300 to $219,200 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.

Job ID: 10066477

Location: Bristol,Connecticut

Job Posting Company: Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology

The Walt Disney Company and its Affiliated Companies are Equal Employment Opportunity employers and welcome all job seekers including individuals with disabilities and veterans with disabilities. If you have a disability and believe you need a reasonable accommodation in order to search for a job opening or apply for a position, email Candidate.Accommodations@Disney.com with your request. This email address is not for general employment inquiries or correspondence. We will only respond to those requests that are related to the accessibility of the online application system due to a disability.