Lead Software Engineer role at Disney in Morrisville

Disney in Morrisville is hiring a Lead Software Engineer

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Job Summary:
Senior Software Engineer, Video Playback Engineering Team

About the Business
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.

Job Summary
Our team is seeking a Senior Software Engineer to help us deliver excellent streaming experiences for Hulu and Disney+ as a developer of our client player. Our team is responsible for playback across several devices including gaming consoles and set top boxes. You will have the opportunity to lead in the design and implementation of our cross-platform C/C++ and Rust player that runs Disney+ and Hulu on these devices.

We’re looking for an experienced C/C++ or Rust engineer who has video player and cross platform development experience. You should have a passion for coding and debugging hard problems, and an eagerness to help us deliver seamless video to our subscribers. Being a Senior member, you will get to own large features, lead the technical direction of our work, and mentor and provide technical expertise to other engineers. You will work closely with other technical teams in the application layer and backend video services to deliver features.

This opening is for a USA based employee, within commuting distance to any of our offices in Seattle WA, Morrisville NC, New York NY, or Fresno CA.


  • Develop and maintain our Rust and C/C++ player that drives our streaming experience
  • Optimize our player to perform well for resource constrained platforms
  • Create and review architecture and designs for our team’s projects
  • Maintain a strong understanding of our code to identify, research and address issues
  • Collaborate with application development teams, services engineering teams and product management to help understand and explain device limitations and requirements
  • Lead in strategies to ensure the quality and stability of our deployments, including testing strategies and telemetry approaches
  • Develop our project’s build system and continuous integration system as needed
  • Provide technical expertise or mentoring to developers on our team
  • Hold our team accountable to high development standards

Basic Qualifications

  • 4+ years of full software development lifecycle experience
  • Fluent in C and C++ or Rust
  • Willing to learn Rust
  • Experience in Streaming technologies, such as:
  • HLS (preferred) or DASH
  • DRM technologies like Playready or Widevine
  • Adaptive Bitrate Streaming Algorithms
  • Caption and subtitle formats such as CEA-608 / 708
    • Codecs AVC, HEVC, AAC, EAC3
  • Experience developing and optimizing multi-threaded applications
  • Experience using build runners / compilation tools for multi-platform projects
  • Strong individual contributor with a drive to learn and patience to teach others
  • Great communication and collaboration skills and a strong teamwork ethic
  • BS or BA in Computer Science, Engineering, or related field or equivalent experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Rust
  • Cross-Platform Development
  • Embedded operating system experience
  • Experience developing for gaming consoles (e.g. Playstation, Switch), Android devices (e.g.FireTV), or similar devices
  • Familiarity with set-top box development and specialized SoCs from manufacturers like Broadcom, MediaTek, etc.

The hiring range for this position in New York, Washington, North Carolina, and California is $149,240 to $219,230 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.

About The Walt Disney Company:
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Disney Streaming Technology LLC, which is part of a business we call Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

Disney Streaming Technology LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.