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Team Lead – Systems Engineering


Job Summary:

The Walt Disney Company is a world-class entertainment and technology leader. Walt’s passion was to continuously envision new ways to move audiences around the world—a passion that remains our touchstone in an enterprise that stretches from: animation, theme parks, resorts and a cruise line to sports, news, movies and a variety of other businesses. Uniting each endeavor is a commitment to creating and delivering unforgettable experiences — and we’re constantly looking for new ways to enhance these exciting experiences. Part of the Disney ABC Television Group, Disney Television Animation is a high capacity digital animation television production studio. Because of Disney Television Animation’s strong use of commercial and custom software technologies to create its animation products, its use of technology, engineering, development techniques and software is critical to its production operations and workflows.


The Lead Systems Engineer (LSE) position is a “working supervisory position”, responsible for operations and project execution, system sustainability for the production Data Center, all back of house systems and the Systems Engineering and DevOps staff. The LSE is responsible for:
  • Task assignments and resource utilization for all Systems Engineering efforts.
  • Data server hardware and software inventories.
  • Render farm systems.
  • Video server hardware.
  • Data Center maintenance, testing space management, cooling and power.
  • UPS maintenance and operations.
  • Power Generator operation, monitoring, testing and maintenance.
  • Back of house system standards and configurations.
  • Application hosting and system monitoring.
  • Data Backups, retention policies and restoral functions.
  • Management of our offsite, co-lo data center installation.
  • Execution of system maintenance procedures.
  • Supervising the System Engineering, Network Engineering and DevOps staff.
  • Reporting on a number of metrics to ensure compliances, support strategic planning efforts and operational excellence.
Additionally the Lead Systems Engineer:
  • Oversees and performs the following:
    • Physical and Virtual system strategies for supporting production systems.
    • The support of Windows, Linux and Mac OS based physical and virtual production systems running a suite of critical production applications.
    • A high volume of system tasks, misc. to-do’s and project implementations,
    • The tracking of various production software and hardware such as: applications, systems, plug-ins, render tools, servers and scripts.
    • The tracking of various production hardware maintenance agreements
    • Pipeline support for delivering our final image mastering of TVA products using high definition Video appliances.
    • Assists in defining the technology standard processes used for the digital animation pipeline: from the creation of animation elements digitally in pre-production, the exchange of our digital assets between our subcontracting partners securely during production to working with final rendered frames in digital and post production.
    • Assists with problem resolution related to all Corporate I.T. administered systems used by TV Animation: SAP, Email and remote access services.
    • Provides 3rd tier /extended support to the Technical Support Engineering group.
    • Performs other miscellaneous technical special projects as assigned by department management

Basic Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of lead or supervisory experience in a similar technology environment.
  • 5+ years of experience with advanced troubleshooting and configurations of Linux, UNIX, Apple OSX and Microsoft Windows based systems in networked environment.
  • Experience working with creativity / graphic applications and hardware preferred. This includes including: Maya, Adobe After Effects, Nuke and other render applications.
  • Experience working with networking administration preferred.
  • Must be well organized and thorough
  • Able to communicate technical information effectively – both written and verbally
  • Ability to identify trends in customer support issues and work with engineers to build long-term solutions.
  • Ability to work in a fast pace, production critical team environment
  • Must have a strong customer service orientation and have the ability to work with a diverse user community.

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline or equivalent work experience.

About Disney Television Animation:

Disney Television Animation loves characters. Characters reveal our deepest emotions and what it means to be human… even if you're an animated duck, mouse, muppet, lion, boy or girl. Are you the type of character that loves animation and wants to be part of the team that makes the magic happen? Disney Television Animation, an integral part of The Walt Disney Company, creates many of the company's most beloved animated shows. If you've got a passion to join our team of talented professionals, we want to hear your story.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Disney Television Animation, which is part of a business segment we call Disney Television Animation.

Walt Disney Pictures is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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