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The Walt Disney Company Senior Principal Software Engineer in Seattle, Washington

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.

The Commerce, Growth & Identity (CGI) organization is dedicated to three business-critical areas at Disney that will help transform its media business. We build innovative and cutting-edge capabilities to drive subscriptions, engagement, and monetization across Disney's streaming and digital products. We enable the wide range of Disney brands to connect and engage with consumers through a unified identity, powered by shared services that are trustworthy and seamless to integrate with.

The Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology (DEE&T) Commerce, Growth and Identity Client Engineering organization delivers experiences across Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, and Star+ built on a common platform and shared technology. We are fast-paced and fast-growing organization that shares knowledge and code for initiatives throughout Disney! Our mission: Building inclusive user-centered experiences that welcome users, guiding them through a seamless journey from login to sign up, and facilitating effortless account management. As a member on DEE&T Web Commerce team you’ll build the core sign-up, purchase, and subscription management experiences of our Web platform.

You will serve as a high level technical resource and “go-to” person, solving sophisticated technical challenges and finding opportunities to improve systems, products, and services!


  • Work with a distributed team of engineers across multiple organizations building software in a collaboratively

  • Demonstrated ownership for the projects delivered by your team and department

  • Expertise in designing and implementing robust, scalable, redundant platforms, as well as elevating engineering standards to fellow engineers

  • Lead through metrics – understand application performance & costs, and push for better results

  • Drive the best engineering practices to write well-constructed and easy to maintain code, defensive and robust tests

  • Challenge current architectural choices while collaborating to solve problems in innovative new ways

  • Lead architecture group to inspire change across the organization as well as partner organizations

Basic Qualifications:

  • 12+ years of software engineering experience

  • Expert knowledge Node.js, React, TypeScript and JavaScript

  • Proven ability to mentor senior, lead, and principal engineers

  • Strong architectures skills building systems that scale for high throughput and with high availability.

  • Proven track record to learn new technology and/or complex systems

  • Exceptional emotional intelligence, maintaining composure under high-pressure situations and meeting urgent deadlines.

  • Experience managing multiple surface/product areas showcasing technical depth and product breadth

  • Effective collaboration and communication skills, able to discuss technical topics clearly and engage in productive technical discussions.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience shipping entertainment/streaming media applications/platforms

  • Strategize, influence and implement complex technical changes, share knowledge, and gain support for solutions.

  • Work independently and reduce ambiguous and difficult problems into manageable approach. Providing a clear roadmap and paved path for engineering teams to build against.

  • Strong background supporting and mentor engineering managers and executive leaders, fostering trust, setting goals, and offering guidance.

Additional Information

Disney is an equal opportunity employer - Women/Cultural minority/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Our goal is to create an inclusive workplace for all.

The hiring range for this position in Los Angeles, CA and Bristol, CT is $219,268 - $294,140 per year, in Seattle and New York is $229,764 - $308,220 per year, and in San Francisco is $240,178 - 322,190 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: 10088627

Location: Seattle,Washington

Job Posting Company: Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology

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