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Senior Software Engineer

Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products - Anaheim, CA

As a Senior Software Engineer on the Ticketing and Resort Technologies team you will be creating innovative solutions by developing and implementing applications, and leading a team of developers implementing technology products and applications for Walt Disney theme parks globally. As a Tech Senior, you will be responsible for helping estimate, plan and oversee development activities being executed by both internal and vendor development resources. The Agile delivery methodology will be the predominate working model for this team. The Tech Senior role will be regularly expected to lead meetings, interface laterally with senior technology and line of business stakeholders, and assumes the main responsibility for the technical solution and steering the technical work of developers / engineers working on assigned projects.
The Tech Senior is a hands-on senior software engineer who will:
  • Work closely with product managers and story owners to design features and prioritize tasks.
  • Assemble releases and drive improvements in the delivery and release processes.
  • Designs and develops highly scalable software systems and applications in a designated functional focus area(s).
  • Help with recruiting and selection of technical resources.
  • And – write code.


Responsibilities :

  • Executes assigned component level software development and fixes using new or existing technologies.
  • Participates in developing specifications for assigned components, projects, and fixes.
  • Develops specifications for assigned projects
  • Overseeing internal and vendor delivered work.
  • Providing technical direction and evaluating the quality of deliverables.
  • Working closely with technical and non-technical leaders to strategize on delivery approach and dependency management.
  • Participating in the design process of new features and enhancements to the software platform.
  • Working independently and delivering on agreed upon timelines.
  • Overseeing the diagnosis of issues, evaluating and recommending the best resolution plan and executing against that plan.
  • Working closely with the QA, project management and business teams on solution implementation.
  • Adhering to technical development processes, standard and software engineering best practices.
  • Participating in the creation of development / software engineering best practices, including capacity planning, monitoring, configuration, security, historical metrics, recovery strategies and migration strategies.
  • Ensuring a process orientation across the technical/project team, being able to develop, implement and improve processes.
  • Managing scrum sessions, and executing sprint planning, sprint retrospective and sprint demos.
  • Providing solid facilitation, problem solving skills and able to focus both strategically and tactically to achieve project goals.
  • Encouraging and helping others to achieve technical transparency.
  • Identifying, mitigating or appropriately escalating delivery impediments, risks, issues, and changes to development projects.
  • Assessing the technical skills of contracted application developers where appropriate.
  • Providing thought leadership and technical guidance within a globally distributed environment.
  • Serving as a technical role model by promoting and demonstrating our commitment to Agile methodology and current software engineering processes, to include recommending improvements.


Basic Qualifications :

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of software development experience
  • Experience collecting, reviewing and updating requirements and/or user stories
  • Experience writing technical documentation and providing engineering deliverables
  • Experience with SCRUM and other Agile development practices.

TECHNICAL SKILLS REQUIRED
  • Has solid understanding of the software development life cycle SDLC (e.g. requirements, analysis, design, implementation, testing, and documentation) and associated execution models (e.g. Waterfall, Agile, Iterative Development, etc.).
  • Disciplined approach to software development. Including defining and enforcing engineering best practices.
  • Strong problem solving and analysis skills.
  • Expert level knowledge in Object Oriented Programming
  • Strong understanding of Computer Science fundamentals.
  • Java/J2EE and ASP.NET development skills, among other mainstream programming languages, with a proven record of creating commercial quality software solutions
  • AngularJS and Node.js experience to be able to utilize a subscribed UI Reference Architecture
  • Mobile (iOS / Andriod, Angular / Responsive, Ionic, Hybrid)
  • Strong knowledge of unit testing, behavioral testing and continuous integration
  • General knowledge developing mobile applications that interface with RESTful services
  • Thorough understanding of delivering SOX, PCI, PII and application security protection requirements

SOFT SKILLS & OTHER REQUIREMENTS
  • Proven ability to work with all members of an extended and diverse project team
  • Must be detail-oriented, self-organized, be committed to quality and be capable of tracking multiple issues simultaneously
  • Candidate must have mentoring and guidance skills to provide oversight and direction to contractors and internal members of the software development team
  • Ability to handle virtual teams and work with resources in multiple sites (onsite, offshore, near shore)
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Support on-call response to critical operational issues; be able to work beyond normal hours and support implementation transition activities and hyper-care shifts as needed


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Scrum Master certification or similar Agile and/or SDLC certifications are a plus
  • Mobile development experience
  • Experience with QA and software analytic tools is a plus
  • 2 + years of experience with JavaScript frameworks (AngularJS and Node.js)
  • A thorough understanding and passion for Agile principles
  • Experience with User Interfaces and/or SOA concepts is also desired
  • Understanding of the Resort operations domain is a plus


Required Education :

Undergraduate degree in a technology related field (i.e. Computer Science, Information Systems, mathematics, engineering or other scientific or technology discipline) and/or equivalent work experience in the computer sciences and/or IT field.
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