Lead Games Developer

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Job Title Lead Games Developer
Job Category Lead Programmer
Job Description Lead Games Developer
Guildford-based Fortitude Games, a satellite studio of Mediatonic Ltd, is looking for a Lead Games Developer with exceptional technical and management skills.
We want you to join us in building a new studio from grass-roots level and to play a fundamental role in developing it into a powerful and highly creative games company.
The Lead Developer is responsible for the overall technical strategy of the studio as well as the hands-on execution of projects from concept to market.
As the studio expands they will also lead and help scale the code team to meet and exceed the demands of a growing organisation.
Alongside the Managing Director you will share responsibility for time, budget and quality on projects, as well as bringing the talent and passion needed to help make the company thrive.

Responsibilities
In addition to team lead duties, the role will also require you to:
  • Interpret and execute project design requirements as well as the studio's overall creative aspirations
  • Agree and implement strategies for company R&D, infrastructure and systems
  • Analyse technical capabilities and identify resourcing requirements
  • Help appoint new hires and develop team members
  • Collaborate on roadmaps and sprint planning by providing time estimates and technical strategies
  • Ensure our technical proposals and progress can be clearly communicated to stakeholders, both internal and externally
  • Mentor team members by giving feedback, setting expectations and delegating as appropriate
  • Act as ambassador and champion for the studio both internally and externally

Essential Requirements
  • Excellent programming skills in C# and/or C++
  • An understanding and passion for readable, robust code and best practices
  • Previous commercial experience in a game studio and/or commercial experience working in a large development team
  • Familiarity with Unity (preferred) or Unreal
  • Strong understanding of game development tooling and processes, art workflow, performance optimization and memory management
  • Experience using source control systems such as Git and Perforce
  • Experience leading a project or mentoring a team
  • Experience programming for consoles including an understanding of TCRs/TRCs and the certification process
  • Strong maths skills
  • A deep passion for crafting games

Desirable Skills and Experience:
  • Modern graphics programming skills including Cg/HLSL and/or compute shaders
  • Experience with mobile SDKs (Android & iOS) and frameworks (2DToolkit etc.)
  • Understanding of client/server communication and data serialisation
  • Understanding of 2D and 3D animation principles
  • Experience with build scripts and systems (Jenkins, Team City, Ant, Make etc.)
  • Scripting languages (JavaScript, Python etc.)
  • Experience using and scripting common art and 3D software packages (Photoshop, Illustrator, Blender etc.)

Why this role?
  • An opportunity to be a pivotal part of a new start up, with the security of an established studio
  • Autonomy to shape the technical framework and have a huge impact on future games
  • Work with the latest technology within games
  • Have influence of other aspects of gaming outside of development

About Fortitude & Mediatonic
Fortitude is the Guildford-based satellite studio of Mediatonic Ltd. Mediatonic and its affiliates are one of the UK's largest independent game makers with around 100 exceptionally talented and seriously hardworking people who devote their careers to crafting awesome original games.
We produce multiple new titles every year and deliver them to millions of players with backing from the UK’s top industry veterans and carefully selected partners.
You’ll find our games on Smartphones, Console and PC platforms being enjoyed by millions of people all over the world! 

Working with us

Above all, we take pride in crafting games that challenge and inspire us. To do this, we invest in developing technology that will keep us at the forefront of the industry — and we invest in people for the long term.
We take on the most demanding creative and technical challenges we can,  and we provide our teams with the support, encouragement and resources to meet and excel in those challenges.
We believe that ambition and passion coupled with open and sincere communication will always be at the heart of any successful organisation — as well as plenty of social events and activities!

We hope to welcome you to the team!
Salary Dependent on Experience
Location Guildford, UK & Europe
Job Category Programming
Date posted 20/12/2017
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