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Software Engineer III, Consumer Data Platforms


Job Description

As a Platform Software Engineer III in Data Platforms, you will help design, build and support the underlying data architecture for all of ESPN’s sports, content and consumer data that serve our business and 112 millions of fans across the globe on digital and broadcast with millisecond latency. We want an amazing Software Engineer to join our team. We are looking for someone who is creative, passionate, and excited about building with few limitations and a lot of data.We handle 2 Billion events per day, terabytes of data, and are using Apache open source Big Data Frameworks (Kafka, Spark, Hive, etc.) and NoSQL (Cassandra) to get value out of streaming sources and data at rest.

You would be exposed to all phases of software development and architecture and would have the opportunity to work on our real-time end to end data processing pipeline, persistence, storage and API’s (which handle millions of transactions every day and store hundreds of terabytes of data). This is a chance to work with the newest cloud based data technologies to solve scalability and high availability challenges within a motivated, fast growing team. This is a critical role that will have a significant impact on the direction of our product, technology and business.

We are looking for someone who…

  • Has the curiosity to research and learn new technologies and skills and recommend technical direction
  • Employs positive thinking and is able to work constructively in a team setting
  • Is passionate about data engineering, big data and related technologies

If this sounds like you, ESPN wants your help building the future of sports content delivery.


  • Build cool things – Build software across our entire cutting-edge data platform, including data processing, storage, and serving large-scale web APIs, with awesome cutting-edge technologies. We operate in real-time with high-availability
  • Harness curiosity – Change how we think, act, and utilize our data by performing exploratory and quantitative analytics, data mining, and discovery
  • Innovate and inspire – Think of new ways to help make our data platform more scalable, resilient and reliable and then work across our team to put your ideas into action
  • Have pride – Ensure performance isn’t our weakness by implementing and refining robust data processing, REST services, RPC (in an out of HTTP), and caching technologies
  • Grow with us – Help us stay ahead of the curve by working closely with data architects, stream processing specialists, API developers, our DevOps team, and analysts to design systems which can scale elastically in ways which make other groups jealous

Basic Qualifications

  • Not your first rodeo – Has 5+ years of experience developing with a mix of languages (Java, Scala, Bash, etc.) and frameworks to implement data ingest, processing, and serving technologies. Experience with real-time and very large scalable online systems are preferred
  • Data and API ninja –You are also very handy with No-SQL systems such as HBase, MongoDB, or Cassandra; Understand reactive programming such as ReactiveX/RxJava and dependency injection such as Spring to develop REST services. Know and can performance tune ANSI SQL like the back of your hand
  • Have a technology toolbox – Hands on experience with newer technologies relevant to the data space such as EMR, Kafka, Hive, Chef. You’ll have some experience with developing in a cloud native environment.
  • Problem solver – Enjoy new and meaningful technology or business challenges which require you to think and respond quickly
  • Passion and creativity – Are passionate about data, technology, & creative innovation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Affinity for sports.
  • Experience with cloud platforms such as AWS, linode, Azure, Heroku, or OpenStack.
  • Experience with Chef, puppet and/or jenkins
  • Experience with Apache Kafka, kinesis, or Google Pub/Sub
  • Proficiency with agile development methodologies.Proficiency with linux/unix based systems.

Required Education

  • BS Computer Science or related technical discipline or its equivalent.

Company Overview

At Disney, we‘re storytellers. We make the impossible, possible. We do this through utilizing and developing cutting-edge technology and pushing the envelope to bring stories to life through our movies, products, interactive games, parks and resorts, and media networks. Now is your chance to join our talented team that delivers unparalleled creative content to audiences around the world.

Interested in this position?
Job Location
Bristol , CT
Additional Job Details
Employment Type:
Full Time