Lead Programmer (Hybrid Options)

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Posted 24 October 2022
Salary Negotiable
Job type Permanent
Contact NamePaul Walker

Job description

Aardvark Swift is supporting ustwo Games in their search for a Lead Programmer to join a new and ambitious project, shaping the technical architecture and leading the engineering team through development.

You will be part of the project’s leadership, being collectively responsible for achievement of the project’s goals, quality of the product and efficiency of the team (up to 20 people).

This role would be ideally suited to someone with experience working with AI systems.

Your responsibilities…
  • Helping build a tight-knit, collaborative team with high levels of trust and empathy
  • Leading the programming team on the project (up to 5 programmers), helping plan and guide their work
  • Collaborating with other leads on the project to help make design choices that take into account technical cost and risk
  • Line-managing other programmers, mentoring and supporting personal development within the team
  • Ensuring code quality and good working practices are developed and maintained
  • Owning technical decision-making, building a codebase that can be iterated during development and is performant and maintainable after release
  • Leading by example: write code, do code reviews, collaborate with designers and artists
  • Guiding engineering work throughout the project, from prototype to post-release and change approach to suit different stages of the project

The skills and experience you’ll bring to the role…
  • 5+ years industry experience
  • Experience of multiple full production cycles
  • Firm understanding of how to write games in Unity/C#
  • You can demonstrate broad knowledge of games engineering techniques
  • Experience working on 3D games and good 3D maths skills
  • Experience working on game AI systems

Desirable but not essential…
  • Mobile development experience
  • PC/Console development experience
  • Secondary skill sets such as game design, art, audio etc

ustwo studio is a 30-person studio in London, best known as the creators of Monument Valley and more recently Alba: A Wildlife Adventure and Desta: The Memories Between. They are a multi-discipline team drawing from a diverse range of backgrounds and creative influences aiming aim is to craft emotional, surprising experiences, for a broad audience, which change the world’s perception of what interactive entertainment can be.

ustwo are a friendly, passionate bunch, with a buzz of creativity and where flexibility is an important part of their company culture. They offer employees flexible hours and hybrid working with 2 days from the studio and 3 days from home.

Perks and benefits include…
  • Private medical insurance with Bupa
  • Company pension
  • Profit sharing scheme
  • Mental health days
  • Individual training budget and training days
  • Discretionary travel and working from home allowance
  • Wellbeing benefits platform with Juno
  • Company socials and away days
  • Plus, a host of amazing family friendly policies