Principal Software Developer

Software Development Santa Monica, California Seattle, Washington


Disney+ is the Disney-branded streaming service featuring an outstanding collection of content from its brands and franchises recognized and respected all over the world including Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, Disney, and NatGeo. Hulu is a premium streaming service that offers premium originals, current season TV, a massive library of hit series and movies, and live television. Our combined Disney and Hulu team is looking for hardworking team players to join the Media Engineering team, who will thrive upon the legacy of Disney and Hulu, embrace unconventional thinking, and who are passionate about contributing to The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer (DTC) experience through strategic hard work and determination.

The Content Management Platform team is seeking a Principal Software Developer who is sharp, motivated, and will help build the technology backbone of Media Engineering. This team is responsible for the end-to-end technology needed to acquire content from over 1500 partners and deliver the highest quality video to tens of millions of users. In this position, you’ll be responsible for costs & scaling of architecture across a JVM, Node/React, and Python ecosystem, building on AWS.


  • Lead design of well-architected solutions and build iteratively into systems while maintaining agile practices best
  • Drive best engineering practices to write well-constructed and easy to maintain code and defensive and robust tests
  • Challenge current architectural choices, driving a great developer experience with as little friction as possible from local environment to production releases
  • Lead through metrics – understand application performance & costs, and push for better results
  • Take responsibility for quality delivery – keep an eye on how launches & build outs are progressing, and steer direction when needed

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum 8 years of software development experience and proficiency in Java, Python, or similar
  • Experience with relational (SQL based) and non-relational database (MongoDB, Cassandra, DynamoDB) technologies, and messaging technologies (Kafka, SQS, SNS, Kinesis
  • The ability to jump into a project and contribute immediately to both architecture and implementation
  • Strong coding, code design and architectural skills
  • An enjoyment for going deep on performance tuning and a love of owning a problem end-to-end
  • A desire to relentlessly dive into problems and improve systems and quality of delivery
  • A knack for crafting large scale distributed systems in the Cloud (AWS)



Preferred Qualifications:

  • Front end knowledge – ReactJS, WebPack, front end architecture are useful in widening impact
  • Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and Deep Learning experience will help in understanding the full ecosystem



Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience