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Technical Director

Disney Parks & Resorts

Job Description

This role is responsible for the Walt Disney Attractions Technology and technical ownership of Disney Cruise Parks Data Platform.

  • Provide open-Source component evaluation and roadmap definition and oversight, to justify and direct key technology decisions. Coordinate with Solution and Cloud Engineering, and Reference Architecture for review and approvals
  • Manage and execute against financial, project and delivery commitments for approximately $15m budget- including Parks Data Platform development, Cloud Migration and Platform Sustainment
  • Provide technical leadership of:
    • Parks Data Platform (PDP) ecosystem delivery including component integration and configuration engineering, monitoring, security, automation and deployment
    • Cloud Migration Initiative, migration and decommissioning from legacy platforms
  • Define the strategic technical direction of our Parks Data Platform
  • Drive the Cloud migration program, including definition and delivery of milestone roadmaps with executive steering committee oversight and approvals
  • Consolidate platform team’s key roles and processes for Governance (Meta-Data), Support and Release Management
  • Define appropriate Governance, Support and Release success metrics to measure continuous improvement targets. Manage a quarterly review and communications, updating targets as key outcomes are achieved.
  • Mentor, teach and train the team.
  • Drive clarity and alignment by partnering with peer technology organizations
  • Deliver reference Architecture standards definition and delivery for Information Advantage

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related discipline.
  • Experience with building and leading mediums sized teams of engineers and architects (10-15 FTE) including managing resource and financial planning, and vendor management
  • Previous experience with Data platform analytic technologies, including the following:
    • Expert knowledge of Cloud deployment technologies, Object Store and Hadoop distributed ecosystem for building production- highly scalable and resilient systems/services
    • Experience designing and developing data flow pipelines for high latency/batch, low latency- messaging, streaming or near-real time data delivery
    • Build in security, data quality and performance/scalability as appropriate to the dataset
    • Cloud, private cloud and on premise configurations, appropriate use of each
    • Open source Big Data and AI/ML architecture and integration patterns
  • Present effectively to all levels and businesses. You will be a presenter at quarterly town halls and speak for the achievements of the organization, accomplishments and future vision and the overall progress. Able to present complicated technology concepts in a simple manner, and present key technology challenges or overviews with senior technology leadership (C Level Execs)
  • Evaluates and anticipates risks and solutions before taking action, clearly articulating options and their impacts/consequences. Course correction, expecting failure and ability to respond efficiently
  • Facilitates various forums that promote collaboration and knowledge sharing, highly collaborative and resilient/perseverant
  • Maintains awareness of best practices and emerging technologies and their viability at WDAT
  • Maintains high levels of technical knowledge through ongoing research and development activities.
  • Demonstrated exceptional critical thinking, strategic planning, and process management skills
  • Provide clear direction and quality feedback when aligning expectations with competency and trajectory for individuals at all levels and their career paths.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with automation and continuous improvement tools, frameworks and mindset.
  • Ability to perceive and synthesize patterns and relationships between technologies, processes, and business models.
  • Familiarity with networking infrastructure and system design of load balancers, firewalls, and VPN in virtual machines and containerized applications.
  • Knowledge of rules processing- data type casting, formatting, transformation and enrichment.
  • Meta-data management implementation using custom or packaged tools

About Parks, Experiences and Products:

The Parks, Experiences and Products segment includes Disney’s iconic travel and leisure businesses, which include six resort destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia, a top-rated cruise line, a popular vacation ownership program, and an award-winning guided family adventure business. Disney’s global consumer products operations include the world’s leading licensing business across toys, apparel, home goods, digital games and apps; the world’s largest children’s publisher; Disney store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.

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: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. 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 Walt Disney Attractions Technology LLC, which is part of a business segment we call Parks, Experiences and Products.

Walt Disney Attractions Technology LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. 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.

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Job Location
Lake Buena Vista, FL
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Employment Type:
Full Time
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