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The Walt Disney Company Principal Software Engineer, iOS in Glendale, California

Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology

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.

This is a hands-on engineering position developing mobile applications for ESPN inside the Apple Ecosystem with Obj-C/Swift. In this role, you will work with a cross-functional team of Product Managers, Designers, Mobile/Web/Backend Engineers, and Content Creators to conceptualize and develop world-class Disney apps. Based on your experience, you will apply technical expertise to manage individual project priorities, deadlines and deliverables and will design, develop, test, deploy, maintain, and enhance software solutions. You will architect reusable solutions that are shared across all Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology apps. You may lead others to solve complex problems and provide oversight and direction to other software engineers.


  • Coding, PR Reviews, Writing Tests

  • Collaborating with QA and Automation Team

  • Interacting with the Product Development team to review requirements and discuss feature development

Basic Qualifications:

  • 10+ years hands-on professional development experience with the Apple ecosystem.

  • BS, BA or advanced degree in computer science, engineering, or its equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise of OO design patterns and concepts.

  • Expert understanding of HTTP/S, APIs, and web services.

  • Expertise with unit test frameworks and continuous integration systems.

  • Solid understanding of architecture, assisting Software Architects as necessary.

  • Solid foundation and understanding of dynamic multi-threaded mobile apps.

  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to learn and adapt to new technologies.

  • Ability to collaborate in a small, productive development team as well as the larger engineering organization.

  • Work with minimal technical supervision and supplemental engineering support.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; can effectively articulate complex ideas and influence others through well-reasoned explanations.

  • Often regarded as an expert in their particular field.

  • Consistently involved in major work efforts of strategic importance, working directly with senior levels, often multidisciplinary in nature.

Experience with:

  • iOS/tvOS app development lifecycle including Apple App Store compliance policies and submissions requirements.

  • Working on a significant consumer app that is currently available in the marketplace.

  • Writing efficient, reliable, and maintainable code whether implementing architectural improvements, user-facing features, or fixing defects.

  • Troubleshooting and resolving issues, problems, and errors encountered across various platforms.

  • Analyze and optimize application code for efficiency, reliability and performance.

  • Managing multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.

  • Working on a highly collaborative team that rewards quality code and effective communication.

  • Operating as an expert resource to other Software Engineers, providing an open learning environment for cross-team knowledge sharing.

  • Solving unique and complex problems that have a broad impact on the business.

  • Contributing to the development of functional strategy.

  • Leading project teams to achieve milestones and objectives.

The hiring range for this position in San Francisco, California is $197,900 to $265,400 per year, in New York/Seattle is $189,256 to $253,880 per year and in Bristol or Los Angeles, California is $180,646 to $242,330 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: 10084437

Location: Glendale,California

Job Posting Company: Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology

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