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Architect - Video Playback

Full-Time at Hulu Seattle

Drive the Experience

As a member of our lean and agile tech teams, you'll be one of the people driving the experience, connecting viewers with the stories they love. Whether they're watching on desktop, on mobile, or in the living room, we're perfecting every line of code so our viewers' experience is unparalleled. Here you can work through the full life cycle of development utilizing the latest and greatest tech. And your work and efforts will actually be seen and enjoyed by our viewers — from the Oscars to the Super Bowl and countless streaming hours in between.

Darshana Hulu Santa Monica Darshana
I feel proud to be a part of continuing to evolve our successful product and seeing it change over the last five years.

The part you’ll play and
preparation for your role.

Hulu is the leading premium streaming service offering live and on-demand TV and movies, with and without commercials, both in and outside the home. Operating at the intersection of entertainment and technology, Hulu has a unique opportunity to be the number one choice for TV. We captivate and connect viewers with the stories they love, and we’re looking for people who are passionate about redefining TV through innovation, unconventional thinking, and embracing fun. Join us and see what Hulugan life is all about.

SUMMARY

Hulu’s global Video Engineering team is seeking an experienced architect to lead technical efforts in our players, protocols & standards, and playback systems. Are you ready to influence the way our world experiences television? As the video playback architect at Hulu, you will guide multiple teams in their development of player libraries across dozens of platforms and shape the use of major streaming standards such as MPEG-DASH and HLS in Hulu and the larger industry. As the largest virtual TV provider, Hulu has incredible scale and investment in this area, presenting an exciting challenge and influential opportunity for the right individual!

WHAT YOU'LL DO

  • Lead design of our modular player architecture across Hulu, for use across web, mobile, and living room consoles, set-top boxes & smart TVs.
  • Influence development of QoS measurement, Adaptive-Bitrate (ABR) & CDN switching algorithms, dynamic ad-insertion, and other innovations that improve quality for viewer.
  • Work with standards groups to promote solutions for Hulu's needs and coordinate internal efforts across Disney tech communities
  • Work with the architect and dev communities to coordinate and promote best-practice methodologies, guidelines, procedures and repeatable and scalable frameworks.
  • Provide guidance and mentor the technical and business teams by providing solutions, recommendations and documentation of use cases for continuous improvement.
  • Follow incidents with the team, deriving insights for resiliency and self-healing capabilities into future iterations

WHAT TO BRING

  • BA/BS degree in technical discipline; or equivalent experience
  • At least 8 years experience in software development
  • Experience with media player stacks in one or more environments
  • Experience with networking and media protocols, including TCP/IP, HTTP/2, QUIC, DASH, HLS, and ABR playback logic
  • A mind for optimization. At this scale, small improvements can drastically effect quality for thousands of viewers, or make significant cost impacts.
  • Strong interpersonal, administrative, presentation and analytical skills
  • Clear communication, collaborative teamwork skills, and ability to build consensus with multiple stakeholders
  • A broad, enterprise-wide view of the business and varying degrees of appreciation for strategy, processes & capabilities, and governance

NICE-TO-HAVES

  • Experience managing external vendor relationships
  • Skill collaborating with multiple distributed teams to build alignment and find common paths forward
  • Advanced knowledge of content delivery across the public internet
  • Experience with video technologies, including ingest, transcoding, packaging, DRM, metadata, and SCTE, EIDR, or other industry standards
  • Experience designing and building distributed systems for serious scale and reliability, preferably in hybrid cloud / private datacenter scenarios
  • Experience working with finance and data teams to identify insights to guide our strategy, execution, and operations.
  • Passionate about public speaking; this role could present phenomenal opportunities to get our message out to the community!

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Our Hiring Process

  • Step 1

    Apply for a role through our career site, or through a referral, and complete any assessments required for the role. Make sure to browse through Hulu.com and our careers site to get an understanding of our product and culture.

  • Step 2

    If you’re a potential fit, a recruiter will reach out for an initial screen. They will want to learn more about you, your background, goals, and aspirations – and answer any questions you have about the position. You may also be asked to speak to the hiring manager for the role.

  • Step 3

    Come on in and meet the team in person. This is typically the final stage and your chance to leave a lasting impression through your enthusiasm, preparation, abilities, and resume. You may also be asked to present “pre-work” that shows how you would handle a specific challenge or scenario.

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