Disney ABC Television Group Agile Project Lead in Burbank, California

This role is a part of the Software Engineering team within the Disney|ABC Television Group - Media IT organization. We strive to be a diverse team, passionate about great technology applied creatively to solve complex business problems. We are a motivated team that is committed to lifelong learning and improving, both in and out of the office. We strive to be flexible and adaptable to change both in how we execute projects and in the technologies we use to deliver our solutions. We care about the details because every pixel, every line of code and every user interaction with our products determines whether we are delivering on our commitment to producing the very best products possible. You’ll be joining a talented team that works interdependently toward aggressive goals to deliver technically sound solutions. We work to ensure that we share both accountability and credit as a team. We often include our users as part of our team and we work to connect with them on a human level, understanding their world, so we can deliver software that they love to use.

For the Agile Project Lead role, we need an experienced, high-performing engineering project manager with experience driving the design, implementation, and maintenance of web application development projects in a fast-paced environment using an Agile project methodology. You will be an important part of a motivated team where we’ll be looking for you to collaborate with the team to drive application architecture, code quality, and make sure we are doing the right thing by our users. We are seeking an exceptionally bright and motivated individual to provide direct project leadership on multiple technical projects. Ideally, you’ll have a strong eye for detail on par with Disney’s high standards, coupled with a deep technical understanding of building scalable, performant, and secure web applications and the ability to translate business process needs to functional and technical requirements. You must possess excellent leadership skills, be a pro-active solution-oriented individual with strong written and verbal communication skills. You’ll need exceptional project management skills, a maniacal attention to detail, and a proven ability to influence and collaborate across the organization in order to excel in this role. We want someone that has grown up through the web software development ranks - possessing 3-5 years’ experience in designing and architecting highly scalable, usable, and performant web applications using Java/Java EE. This person would possess deep skills in server side technology (Java, JSP, Tomcat, RESTful Web Services, common frameworks like Spring, Hibernate), client side technology (JavaScript, HTML, HTML5, AngularJS, ReactJS/Redux/NodeJS, etc), coupled with hands on database and NoSQL experience (MySQL, Oracle, MongoDB, etc), and ideally having experience deploying applications to the cloud (AWS, Azure, etc). Does this sound like you?

While The Walt Disney Company is a large company, we’d ideally like if you have some previous experience in a U.S. startup environment and are comfortable performing multiple roles. We strive to get things done quickly, at high quality, and we are committed to the agile methodology. Our work is guided by lean principles (looking at value and looking for waste; not doing anything ‘for the sake of doing it’).

We’re looking for a passionate, impactful, technical project leader who wants to come here to do their very best work and make their mark, add their chapter to the long and storied history of The Walt Disney Company. Someone who holds themselves and their teammates accountable in a professional, collaborative manner. A collaborative engineering project leader who seeks to bring out the best in themselves and those around them. Someone who can provide a fresh perspective and innovative insight to our initiatives.

Responsibilities :

  • Passionately lead projects utilizing Agile (Scrum) software development methodologies

  • Conduct and increase the value of all Scrum meetings including the daily Scrum with multiple Agile product teams

  • Work with the Product Owners to groom and prioritize the product backlog

  • Work collaboratively with the team to understand the implementation details involved in each story

  • Conduct story workshops as part of project initiation to assist the product teams in populating a full product backlog

  • Work with software engineers, product owners and business teams to establish roadmaps, delivery schedules, budgets

  • Ensure that the team work flow is sustainable by ensuring the work is balanced and progressing, while eliminating roadblocks and ensuring delivery

  • Promote and ensure adherence to coding, unit testing, test automation, and Continuous Delivery best practices

  • Willingness and ability to handle requests outside of your core responsibilities up to and including software engineering tasks; code reviews, writing code on occasion, etc.

  • Work collaboratively with other teams; QA, UX, EA, InfoSec, etc. to align work for the team as per the schedule

Basic Qualifications :

  • Have 3-5 years of experience in web application development or software engineering in a large enterprise environment using Java, including familiarity with modern frameworks (e.g., Spring, Hibernate) and data stores (RDBMS, NoSQL, MongoDB, etc)

  • Hold a current ScrumMaster certification or recognition of your Agile project experience

  • Have 1-2 years (or more) of experience leading Agile projects in a fast-paced environment

  • Be intimately familiar with the Scrum process, but also should have remained familiar with the underlying technologies being used by the team such as Java, Hibernate, JavaScript, MEAN stack, and other common application development frameworks, languages and tools

  • Care about your software development craft and have opinions about the “right” way to do things with technology and the process of doing it

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Previous work experience in media production, broadcast and/or distribution

  • Experience working with vendor teams to deliver high quality results

  • Experience using Cucumber and helping to drive BDD practices

  • Strong curiosity about how Disney delivers the Magic and a desire to be a part of it

Required Education :

Hold a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Engineering, or another technical field

Preferred Education :

Master's degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Software Management or related technical discipline is highly desirable

Company Overview :

Disney|ABC Television Group (DATG) is one of today's premier media entertainment companies, combining high-quality content with the strategic use of technology to deliver compelling news and entertainment experiences to hundreds of millions of people around the world. This business segment of The Walt Disney Company is comprised of global entertainment and news television properties, the owned television stations group and radio. Our employees are leading, creating, and innovating, making bold moves in unexpected directions that redefine not just what a media company does, but what it can do. With Disney|ABC Television Group, you can be part of media's evolution, helping us create what's next.

Additional Information :

Equal Opportunity Employer- Female/Minority/Veteran/Disability

Job ID: 454790BR

Location: Burbank,California

Job Posting Company: Disney ABC Television Group