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Senior R&D Imagineer

Hawaiian Gardens, California
Job Type
22 Sep 2022

Walt Disney Imagineering makes the impossible possible, by combining innovation and storytelling to bring Disney stories, characters, and worlds to life. Imagineering is the master planning, creative development, design, engineering, production, project management, and research and development arm of The Walt Disney Company. Its talented corps of Imagineers is responsible for the creation - from concept initiation through installation - of all Disney Resorts, theme parks and attractions, real estate developments, regional entertainment venues, and new media projects. Disney Imagineers are uniquely talented individuals that bring together the best aspects of creativity, innovation, and passion.

At Imagineering Research and Development, our mission is to use technology to build new experiences for our Guests and new tools for Imagineers and the Cast Members who power our parks. R&D is a team of engineers, designers, artists, and scientists who share a passion for solving hard problems and building ground-breaking experiences. The Technical Program Manager partners with teams across the department to deliver on the vision of next generation tools, technologies, and experiences.

This role combines a strong engineering and technology background with proven project management abilities to cultivate innovation and drive project execution. As a Technical Program Manager, you are a critical part of turning ideas and prototypes into reality, collaborating with engineers and designers to define, scope, budget and execute project work. This role is specifically slanted towards software project management, where you will drive the planning and execution of high-complexity software initiatives that power projects like walking animatronics, interactive experiences, character technology and more.


Partner with R&D Project Leads to break down ideas into executable steps

Create and maintain project scope, schedule, budget, staffing plans and project roadmaps

Build teams to execute the project goals, including the identification, qualification, contracting process and management of external vendor relationships

Drive communication across team members, project leads, executives, and project stake holders, creating and delivering information in different methods including verbal, written and visual

Plan and execute internal and external play tests

Risk analysis and development of mitigation strategies

Identify and deliver on technology transfer opportunities

Identify and recommend internal process improvements

Engender internal and external relationships

Contribute to the culture and community of the WDI R&D Studio

Basic Qualifications:

Minimum five years of experience in industries that leverage both software and hardware deliveries such as robotics/mechatronics, artificial intelligence, game engine/systems, aerospace, or Embedded systems technologies

Program/project management experience on software development projects with a proven ability to manage both large and small projects and selecting the appropriate workflow management methodology to accomplish the project goals (eg agile, kanban, integrated project management, etc.)

Embraces flexibility and adaptability as the team learns through prototyping and playtesting, adjusting project plans as needed

Translates high level scope/vision into actionable plans

Proven ability to clearly communicate the project vision, expectations, and outcomes to engineers, creatives, and executives across all levels within the organization

Experienced in building and motivating highly effective teams Works collaboratively on diverse teams

Thinks strategically and creatively to solve challenges

Manages & prioritizes multiple assignments in a highly dynamic R&D environment

Has a passion for technology and delivering new tools, platforms and experiences

Demonstrates a desire to constantly improve and adapt to new technologies

Is highly dependable with strong work ethic

Preferred Qualifications:

Startup/entrepreneurial experience

Experience working with early development teams and prototype products

Computer science, computer engineering or systems engineering experience

PMP certification

Required Education:

Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, or computer science, systems engineering or related field

Additional Information:

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  • Job Reference: 718770621-2
  • Date Posted: 22 September 2022
  • Recruiter: Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Location: Hawaiian Gardens, California
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: I.T. & Communications
  • Job Type: Permanent