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Lead Software Engineer, Core Media Technology role at Disney in Morrisville

Disney in Morrisville is hiring a Lead Software Engineer, Core Media Technology

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Job Summary: Media Engineering builds the software and systems that prepare media content and metadata for the Disney Streaming platform - providing the best possible playback experience to our viewers.

Media Engineering handles audio, video, and metadata content from ingest through publish - for normalization, processing, and packaging - supporting operator tools and automation for a scalable workflow. We build logic across players and back-end services to measure, control, and optimize playback across our stack.

Our globally distributed Core Media Technology team, who is responsible for research and development in on-roadmap and future areas related to video processing, is looking for hardworking team players who are passionate about evolving and contributing to these and other experiences through strategic hard work and determination.

Job Summary

The Core Media Technology (CMT) Engineering Team is seeking a Lead Software Engineer to join us in our complex software research and development initiatives at the core of Disney Streaming’s industry-leading video encoding solutions, providing the live and on-demand content for Disney+, ESPN+, Hulu, and Star+. This person will be actively participating in our traditional and machine learning driven R&D activities related to Video Pre-Processing, Encoding and Quality assessment. The Burbank area location desire for this individual is such that this person can further be CMT’s primary in-person liaison with the Studios and can establish a video quality and review lab presence not only for CMT but for Disney Streaming at large. This person will play a key role throughout the project lifecycle from ideation, planning, research, implementation, deployment, and maintenance. The CMT team is distributed throughout the US and in Beijing and has significant interactions with Disney Research Studios in Zurich; this person will be engaging across these diverse time zones. Responsibilities:

  • Lead technical feasibility, implementation approach, deployment strategies, and QA efforts

  • Contribute to multiple concurrent R&D projects through an agile software development lifecycle, from conception, through research and development, to deployment

  • Drive project phasing and delivery together with your manager and Technical Project Managers

  • Identify areas for improvements in our system and workflows

  • Mentor junior and mid-level engineers

  • Represent the Core Media Technology team to adjacent Disney business units / studios

  • Represent the Core Media Technology team to external technology development partners Basic Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Computer Science, Engineering, or equivalent experience

  • Minimum of 7 years experience in a technical field

  • Experience with video encoding, especially H.264, H.265

  • Experience with video pre-processing

  • Experience with objective video quality assessment algorithms as well as subjective assessment techniques

  • Experience of streaming media formats (e.g. HLS, DASH, CMAF)

  • Experience with Mastering container / codec formats (e.g. IMF, MXF, ProRes, J2K)

  • Experience with HDR (e.g. HDR10, DolbyVision)

  • Software Programming Languages (e.g. Python, C, C++)

  • Scripting experience driving data manipulation and analysis (e.g. Pandas)

  • Experience with industry-standard project management tools such as Jira as well as collaboration tools such as Confluence and Slack

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills