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Lead Software Engineer

| San Francisco, CA, USA | Hybrid
Employer Provided Salary: 149,300-219,200 Annually
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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 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.
Working at Disney for the Connected Devices team is unlike anything else. That's because we're always finding new ways to interact with fans - however and wherever they connect with sports, news, politics, comics, and games. When you have the latest technology, game-changing ideas and world-class talent on your team, every day is extraordinary. We get to develop new features from start to finish that millions of fans interact with daily. Get to feel the excitement of showing off your work to friends and family on some of the most heavily used apps in the marketplace.
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.


The Product & Data Engineering team is responsible for end to end development for Disney's world-class consumer-facing products, including streaming platforms Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+, and digital products & experiences across ESPN, Marvel, Disney Studios, NatGeo, and ABC News. The team drives innovation at scale for millions of consumers around the world across Apple, Android, Smart TVs, game consoles, and the web, with our platforms powering core experiences like personalization, search, messaging and data.
This is a hands-on engineering position developing the ESPN tvOS in 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 your technical abilities to manage multiple 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 apps and help guide others to solve complex problems and provide oversight and direction to other software engineers.
Responsibilities:

  • Coding, Code Reviews, Writing Tests
  • Interacting with the Product and Design teams to review requirements and UI.
  • Working with the QA and automation team


Basic Qualifications:

  • 7+ years hands-on professional experience with iOS/tvOS development
  • Experience working on a significant consumer app that is currently available in the marketplace
  • Strong understanding of OO and Swift design patterns and concepts
  • A sound understanding of HTTP and REST-style web services
  • Demonstrated ability to design and build dynamic multi-threaded iOS/tvOS apps
  • Solid understanding of iOS app development life cycle including Apple App Store compliance policies and submissions requirements
  • Experience with Apple frameworks such as UIKit, AVFoundation, Security, and StoreKit
  • Ability to collaborate in a small, productive development team as well as the larger engineering organization
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to learn and adapt to new technologies.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; can effectively articulate complex ideas and influence others through well-reasoned explanations
  • Write efficient, reliable, and maintainable code whether implementing architectural improvements, user-facing features, and/or fixing defects.
  • Work with minimal technical supervision and supplemental engineering support
  • BS Computer Science or related technical discipline or its equivalent


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with tvOS-specific functionality including the Focus Engine, SIRI Remote, and the Top Shelf
  • Experience building video-based applications with knowledge of the HLS protocol and Fairplay DRM


Experience with:

  • Swift or Objective C
  • Swift UI or UIKit
  • Combine
  • Async Await
  • AVPlayer


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The hiring range for this position in San Francisco, California is $163,500 - $219,200 per year and in Santa Monica, California is $149,300 - 200,200 per year and in New York and Seattle, Washington is $156,300 - $209,600. 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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