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Senior R&D Imagineer - Technical Program Manager - Productization

Company: Walt Disney Imagineering
Location: Valley Village
Posted on: September 25, 2022

Job Description:

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 supports R&D's productization efforts where you will use your engineering background and project management abilities to transform proof-of-concept technology into operable and reliable platforms. Responsibilities :

  • Partner with R&D Project Leads to define the programmatic strategy to transform prototypes into operable, maintainable, and sustainable solutions
  • Create and maintain project requirements, scope, schedule, budget, staffing plans and project roadmaps
  • Build, lead and motivate diverse teams that include creatives, various types of engineers, manufacturing, vendors, operations, logistics, and shared services
  • Source, identify, and qualify external vendors through the generation of requests for proposals, conducting make/buy analyses, vendor down-selection matrices and working with legal to negotiate contracts for vendor selection
  • Drive communication across team members, project leads, executives, and project stake holders, creating and delivering information in different methods including verbal, written and visual
  • Risk analysis and development of mitigation strategies for technical, creative, business, regulatory and competitive risks
  • Define post-delivery sustainment requirements and level of effort estimates
  • Plan and execute internal and external play tests
  • 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 (e.g. 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 :
      • Experience with Autonomous Vehicles a plus -
      • Startup / entrepreneurial experience
      • Experience working with early development teams and prototype products
      • Computer science or systems engineering experience
      • PMP certification - Required Education :
        • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, or computer science, systems engineering or related field Benefits and Perks: Disney offers a rewards package to help you live your best life. This includes health and savings benefits, educational opportunities and special extras that only Disney can provide. Learn more about our benefits and perks at https://jobs.disneycareers.com/benefits. #DPEP_Media - -

Keywords: Walt Disney Imagineering, Los Angeles , Senior R&D Imagineer - Technical Program Manager - Productization, Executive , Valley Village, California

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