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The Walt Disney Company Software Developer Lead - Firmware in Glendale, California

Walt Disney Imagineering is the master planning, creative development, design, engineering, production, project management, and research arm of The Walt Disney Company’s Parks and Resorts business segment. Representing more than 150 disciplines, the talented corps of Imagineers are responsible for the creation of Disney resorts, theme parks and attractions, hotels, water parks, real estate developments, regional entertainment venues, cruise ships and new media technology projects.

The WDI Technology Studio is looking for dedicated software developers to create and deploy the next generation of show technologies that will drive our guest experiences in upcoming attractions and venues.


  • Partner with project teams to define technical requirements necessary to achieve project goals.

  • Software estimation, scheduling, planning, design, implementation, and closeout activities for assigned project scope. Must work closely with other technical divisions of work to ensure constructed systems (inclusive of both hardware and software) operate cooperatively and reliably over the expected usable life of the project.

  • Must balance evolving technical requirements with fixed budgets and schedules, and communicate risks and options to both Studio and Project leadership in a timely fashion.

  • Partner with both Studio and Project leadership to implement project goals while employing best software development practices and adhering to relevant company and industry standards.

  • Develop (and lead/oversee development teams) and/or maintain multiple complex whole projects or entire pieces of software both guest facing and internal WDI facing. This includes architecture, design, and implementation.

  • Work with and lead other software developers and software project leads to provide incremental and overall updates to status and condition of software product progress.

  • Lead code review initiatives and help define department wide standards and processes

  • Mentor peer and junior developers and provide leadership for implementing best practices and standards for development

Base Qualifications

  • Knowledge and experience with modern software development practices, including version control and workflow management tools including JIRA, GitHub, GitLab, Jenkins, etc.

  • Proven technical writing, documentation, and communication skills.

  • Willing to travel on behalf of company to project destinations for the purposes of business trips and installs (between overnight and 3 months stay).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expertise in C, C++, Rust, C# or Python.

  • Experience with Firmware Development, EtherCAT/CAN and Firmware API Development

  • Experience with electric motion control systems (e.g., brushless DC motor control, servo feedback control systems, etc.)

  • Familiarity and/or experience with: MS Visual Studio, RSLogix, Matlab, Robot OS (ROS), AutoDesk Maya, Motion Builder, AutoCAD

  • Proven track record learning new programming languages and working within complicated systems.

Required Education

  • Bachelor degree in computer science, computer engineering, or equivalent experience. Advanced degrees preferred.


Benefits and Perks

The hiring range for this position in California is $190,000 to $198,000 per year. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A bonus and/or long-term incentive units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered.

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Job ID: 3004938720220925

Location: Glendale,California

Job Posting Company: Walt Disney Imagineering

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