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Staff Engineer

Job Title
Staff Engineer Time Warner
Warner Bros. Entertainment Group WB Business Unit WB Technology Industry Film Production and Distribution Area of
Technology/Information Technology Location United States - California - Burbank Requisition # 163622BR Position
Full Time Company Overview Warner Bros. has been entertaining audiences for more than 90 years through the world’s most-loved characters and franchises. Warner Bros. employs people all over the world in a wide variety of disciplines. We're always on the lookout for energetic, creative people to join our team. Business Unit Overview WB Technology combines Warner Bros.’ industry-leading technologists and disciplines to ensure global alignment with business strategy and accelerated delivery of innovative technology solutions studio- and industry-wide. From pre-production through archiving, the WBT organization will provide critical business and technology intelligence and services to all Studio business units. WBT manages the Studio’s enterprise systems and solutions, emerging platforms, information security, consumer intelligence, content mastering and delivery, and more. Posting Job Description     
What part will you play?
Want to shape the future of entertainment through technology? Do you love Batman, Wonder Woman and “The Big Bang Theory” as much as you love playing with new technologies like artificial intelligence, virtual and mixed reality, and drones? Want to be part of a team that assess the impact of emerging technologies?

Warner Bros is leading the way in employing technology to create the future of entertainment. You will constantly on the lookout for the latest and best technology to further our brands, characters and worlds. You’ll get to play with the coolest new tech and align emerging technology with business strategy Studio-wide. You will design and prototype some of these new technologies. You’ll be assessing the impact of emerging technologies and platforms for content creation and distribution. You will help drive the implementation of new production and distribution technologies in support of all the divisions of WB.

What will you do?
  • Explore the ‘new and the next’ in immersive media technologies knowing them inside and out to use them in Warner Bros. businesses. This will involve building prototypes in the technology area with relevant tools.
  • Be the resident expert developing prototypes showcasing new capabilities and providing reports of your exploration the supervisor for review and further distribution to the divisions.
    • These may include
      • production and distribution of immersive experiences using game engines, mobile device platforms, 3D authoring tools & platforms
      • computer vision, natural language processing & robotics
      • hardware sensors used in IoT and connected automobiles
      • mechanical device used in themed entertainment and rides
  • Act as liaison between other groups within WB to offer technology knowledge of immersive media; work with technical colleagues to establish system specifications for the implementation (including test and acceptance criteria).
  • Participate in project teams and committees both internally and in external consortia or standards bodies to establish systems that cost-effectively enable the WB division objectives.
  • You will make the vision a reality by ensuring a smooth hand-off of projects from development to operational staff.
  • Be on the front lines meeting with companies regarding new products and technologies then perform due diligence on them.
  • You will be a technology scout through attending conferences and occasionally provide educational presentations to WB personnel on relevant technologies.
    • These may include outreach to university groups in pertinent fields.
  • You will participate in identifying and create patent applications for novel technology and business ideas.
  • You will assist in developing service agreements and work contracts with partners and/or vendors to drive the emerging technology projects.
    • You will manage the vendors and projects to ensure timely deliveries within the planned scope and budget.

What do we need from you?
  • Have a passion for quality and own the solution, whether it fails or flies.
  • Take risks and try hard things and learn from mistakes.
  • The strength of character to believe in and advocate your projects
  • You should manifest a gravitas to inspire confidence for your team and the divisions.
  • Be a problem solver! You will work in areas where very few of your peers understand the technology area or the way you are trying to apply it to the business of entertainment.
  • Strong and practical techniques to move beyond an impasse.
  • The ability to make understandable the impact of emerging technologies upon business for a non-technical audience.
  • You should have a BS EE/CS or equivalent; an advanced degree is preferred.
  • Ideally, you will have 6+ years of technology experience including engineering production design and implementation, preferably with some interactive gaming.
  • 2+ years of experience leading engineering and software teams.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Influence and educate people regarding complex technology.
  • You should have experience in managing vendors’ deliveries.
Technologies We Use
  • You should have:
    • solid programming experience with C#, C and C++
    • experience with platforms such as Google Cardboard, Valve/Steam, Oculus, Microsoft HoloLens, and/or Magic Leap.
    • experience designing and implementing software of embedded devices and systems.
    • knowledge of implementation of interactive content applications on mobile operating systems (iOS, Android etc.)
    • knowledge of trends in technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, HCI techniques, controller and wearable devices including wearable haptics, 3D graphics, 3D audio rendering, computer vision, sensor integration and gesture recognition.
    • knowledge of technologies supporting the analysis of consumer usage data related to immersive entertainment on mobile, tablet, PC and console platforms.
    • familiarity with gathering and using biometric data analytics.
    • knowledge of the design, development, coding, testing and debugging of embedded system software
    • experience analyzing efficiency, stability and scalability of system using logic analyzers, oscilloscopes, and JTAG debuggers
  • You will need to quickly learn new areas such as artificial intelligence, computer vision, natural language processing, robotics, IoT and connected cars
  • You should have flexibility in your schedule since this position requires about 20-25% world-wide travel, and may require off-hours activity as needed
  • A reliable person; someone the team can count on         

But Wait, There's More! At WBT we look for members who want to:
  • Be Curious: Seek out opportunities to learn, and who aren’t afraid to ask questions
  • Own It: Be the driver, and take accountability
  • Embrace Change: The technology landscape is ever changing – we’re looking for people who are ready to change along with it.
  • Engage and Influence: Share your passion for technology, and develop great relationships with colleagues and collaborators
  • Respect: Show empathy and respect to all, and operate with the best intentions
  • Live the #WBLife: At WBT we look for team members who want to “Contribute to Our Community


The Warner Bros. Entertainment Group of Companies is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, marital status, military or veteran's status (including protected veterans, as may be required by federal law), sexual orientation, gender identity or any other category protected by law.