Disney is desperately seeking engineers and is on a hiring spree for Disney+

1 week ago by Joshua Fruhlinger in Features

Disney ($NYSE:DIS) has finally unveiled details about its upcoming Disney+ streaming service, causing competitors to start shaking in their boots. That's because the new streaming service, if all goes according to plan, is poised to completely disrupt the young streaming market. Disney plans to launch the service in November 2019, and for just $6.99, it will include titles from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, ESPN, Fox, and others. From a content standpoint, it already looks to be a winner with such a broad range of media on demand.

But before Disney can usurp the reigns of the streaming world, it needs to build a product that will open consumers' wallets. And before it can do that, it needs to hire a team that knows how to build an amazing product.

Job listings that contain the term "Disney+" began showing up on the company's careers site in November, 2018. Specifically, on November 12, 2018, a lone opening for a "Coordinator - Post Production" was listed. This position, focused on Disney original programming, looks at first glance like any other production role. But in its description, it mentions the new role would "interact with other Corporate departments, such as Disney+(new streaming service).

Since then, however, jobs mentioning Disney+ have swelled.

Since that lone listing in November, there have been more than 80 openings that have mentioned Disney+. As of this week hiring for the service remains brisk, with 44 such Disney+ mentions. The most common, or at least in-demand, opening is for software engineers, of which there are at least 6 open head counts at Disney+.

Title

Title (Count)

Senior Software Engineer

3

Software Engineer

3

Administrative Assistant, Business Affairs (ABC Signature Studios)

1

Director, Customer Marketing Campaigns

1

Senior Financial Analyst, Disney+ Content & Marketing

1

Site Reliability Engineer

1

Art Director, ESPN+

1

Sr Business Operations Manager

1

Software Engineer (Scala)

1

Director, Unscripted Business Affairs

1

Overnight Broadcast Engineer (Part-Time)

1

Director, Disney+ Content Analytics

1

Producer

1

Counsel – Disney+

1

Manager, Creative Advertising

1

Sr Customer Marketing Campaigns Manager

1

Director, Media Delivery

1

Manager - Current Series (Disney Channel Worldwide)

1

Director, Production Finance

1

Growth Marketing Manager, Engagement & Retention

1

Sr. Project Manager, Customer Service

1

Director, Media Strategy

1

Media Ops Assistant (Part-Time)

1

Streaming Media Assistant (Part-Time)

1

Technical Project Manager

1

Analyst, Customer Service Reporting

1

Director - Business Affairs, Disney Channels Worldwide

1

Broadcast Engineer

1

Trailer Editor

1

QE Operator (Part-Time)

1

Infrastructure Delivery Engineer (DevOps/CDN)

1

Paid Media Strategy Mgr

1

Sr Software Engineer

1

Training & Development Manager, Customer Service

1

Digital Production Designer

1

Director, Marketing Planning and Project Management

1

Director, Finance

1

Sr Enterprise Program Manager

1

Vice President, Unscripted Business Affairs

1

Executive Director, Business Affairs – Disney Channels Worldwide

1

Based on keyword trend analyses, other teams under construction at Disney for the new service includes a "Media Product" team that will be more focused on the actual streaming product along with its build out and distribution on streaming media players like PlayStation 4 and smart TVs.

At the head of this team appears to be a "VP, Media Product" based in San Francisco (or New York), which is also positioned within Disney's "growing Platform Product team".

"Reporting to the VP, Media Product in San Francisco, and part of the rapidly growing Platform Product team, the job location is San Francisco or New York."

Indeed, "Platform Product" team mentions follow a very similar trend, with a multi-fold growth in hiring activity since Fall 2018.

The Disney+ hiring trends seen here are corroborated by overall hiring trends at Disney. Despite growth in hiring for the nascent Disney+ teams, overall hiring at the company has actually slowed since the new year in a possible sign that talent investment at Disney is moving from traditional areas and into new media as it enters a new domain.

Joshua Fruhlinger

Joshua has been writing about technology, lifestyle, and business for over 20 years. He's one of the original writers and editors for Engadget, and still writes a...

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