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Staff Engineer, Player Experience – HBO Max

Seattle, WA
Full Time
HBO Max
Requisition ID: 176566BR

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HBO Max is the future of entertainment and storytelling.

WarnerMedia’s new streaming entertainment offering, HBO Max is the culmination of some of the most innovative new technology and greatest creative talent in the industry. Anchored by the entire HBO service, arguably the greatest brand in television, HBO Max also features fan favorites from the WarnerMedia library including Warner Bros., New Line, DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes, and more. HBO Max will also be home to key third-party library acquisitions, such as Friends, South Park and Doctor Who, and more than 50 exclusive Originals in its first year, from the likes of groundbreaking creative talent such as J.J. Abrams, Ridley Scott, Jordan Peele, Steven Soderbergh, Michael Mann, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, Anna Kendrick, Greg Berlanti, Melissa McCarthy, Robert Zemeckis, Ellen DeGeneres, and other visionaries. HBO Max launches in May 2020.

The Job

The Player Experience team builds the user experience critical to every HBO Max customer – video playback. We own the user interface components for video playback across mobile, desktop, and connected devices. Our mission is to build a best-in-class, intuitive and responsive player. We work closely with design and product partners both to improve our existing experience and to add new features to delight users.

As a software engineer on WarnerMedia’s Player Experience team, you will build and support client-side components for our streaming video applications including the upcoming HBO Max service. You will own the entire video user experience, including core player interface, multi-language support, and new features we can’t spoil before launch. You’ll also drive behind the scenes efforts to improve quality of experience via telemetry and data analysis, and contribute improvements to our overall UX platform by driving adoption of technologies like React and TypeScript.

The Daily

  • Join a growing team with many opportunities to expand your skillset, including your ability to design, implement and own critical features in a product used by millions of customers.
  • Build engaging and intuitive user experiences.
  • Work with the latest streaming media technologies and video capabilities.
  • Learn to evaluate multiple technical approaches and drive consensus with peers.
  • Use data to solve real world problems and improve customer experience, including prioritization of incoming issues reported by customers, partners, and internal QA.
  • Have access to experienced engineers as mentors and technical resources.


The Essentials

  • A strong understanding of Computer Science fundamentals, including algorithms, data structures, and operating systems.
  • Fluency in a modern programming language, ideally JavaScript or TypeScript.
  • To be a quick learner that can leverage surrounding resources to solve problems.
  • Passion for software engineering with a strong sense of ownership for the code that you and your team write, and a desire to become an expert in client-side video technology.
  • To seek self-improvement and adapt to suggestions and feedback.
  • To hold yourself and your team to high standards while maintaining respectful relationships.
  • Ability to provide periodic on-call support for critical emergent customer-facing issues.


The Nice to Haves

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or science-related discipline or 2+ years of experience in software engineering on shipped consumer products or platforms.
  • Hands-on experience developing and maintaining modern user interfaces on one or more platforms (web, mobile, TV).
  • DevOps experience, where you’ve owned and operated the systems you’ve developed.
  • Full-stack industry experience, or hands-on familiarity with both client and server technology.
  • Hands-on use of React / React Native.
  • Hands-on use of TypeScript 2+ / ECMAScript 6+.
  • Experience with video applications, especially streaming video.
  • Device platforms (e.g. Android, iOS, tvOS).
  • User experience telemetry.


The Perks

  • Exclusive WarnerMedia events and advance screenings
  • Paid time off every year to volunteer
  • Access to well-being tools, resources, and freebies
  • Access to in-house learning and development resources
  • Part of the WarnerMedia family of powerhouse brands


​About Us

WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences through its consumer brands including: HBO, HBO Now, HBO Max, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC Entertainment, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others.
America's most successful premium television company, Home Box Office delivers two 24-hour pay television services—HBO®and Cinemax®. HBO continues to take advantage of the latest technological innovations with advancements that include the availability of HBO programming online though HBO GOSM and MAX GOSM , as well as HBO On Demand®. and Cinemax On Demand®. in HD. Just as HBO is a company noted for its commitment to excellence in the products and services it delivers to consumers, it makes the extra effort to create a work environment in which fairness, equity, trust, and individual responsibility are valued. HBO is committed to retaining and recruiting skilled and motivated employees, placing a priority on qualified team players who contribute to the diversity of their workforce. HBO offers competitive benefits to include medical, dental, vision, a matched 401(k) plan, flexible spending, a commuter benefit program and tuition reimbursement.
Warner Media, LLC and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity employers. Qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, and genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status or any other category protected by law.