The Walt Disney Company Software Engineer Principal - Research in Glendale, California

"We create happiness.” That’s our motto at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. And it permeates everything we do. At Disney, you’ll help inspire that magic by enabling our teams to push the limits of entertainment and create the never-before-seen!

Walt Disney Imagineering is the master planning, creative development, design, engineering, production, project management, and research and development arm of The Walt Disney Company. Its talented corps of Imagineers is responsible for the creation - from concept initiation through installation - of all Disney Resorts, theme parks and attractions, real estate developments, regional entertainment venues, and new media projects.

We are looking for a Senior Software Engineer to complement our team in LA. The Disney Research software engineering team supports the individual research groups in all aspects of software development, from implementing and optimizing specific algorithms and helping in designing larger software frameworks, to providing and maintaining fundamental software libraries used by multiple research groups. We also play a key role in technology transfers, by helping getting research results out to the various business units of The Walt Disney Company and converting research code intro production code that is customized and maintained according to the business units’ specific needs.

Responsibilities :

  • Lead the Software Engineering team and with the team support the research projects in their delivery.

  • Hiring, mentoring and guiding junior software engineers to grow talent and deliver in projects.

  • Architect, design and deliver robust, modern multithreaded software applications and frameworks that run on different architectures and platforms.

  • Work independently and in highly diverse and multidisciplinary teams and with external vendors.

  • Lead software development efforts and projects.

  • Operate in a dynamic environment that is very fluid and ever changing (typical software engineers operate in a waterfall method)

  • Must be able to interface and partner with both Engineers and Researchers in facilitating an iterative process.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Basic Qualifications :

  • Excellent software engineering skills.

  • Common software development tools, environments, compilers, version control and build systems.

  • C/C++, Python, MATLAB.

  • Expertise in at least one of the following: computer graphics/vision, machine learning, GPU programming, embedded and real-time systems.

  • Demonstrated problem analysis and resolution skills.

  • Proficiency in producing reliable, maintainable software and ability to communicate technical concepts in writing.

  • Availability to occasionally travel to support system design, development, or installation efforts.

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Preferred minimum five years software engineering experience and project leadership.

  • Leadership skills having supervised and mentored software engineers.

Required Education :

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in an engineering or science discipline (Electronic Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, or Computer Science preferred).

Preferred Education :

  • Master’s degree in an engineering or science discipline.

Company Overview :

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Job ID: 547492BR

Location: Glendale,California

Job Posting Company: Disney Parks & Resorts