Senior Build Engineer

With a rich history of developing multiple AAA franchises such as Little Big Planet and Crackdown, as well as contributing to genre-defining titles like the Forza Motorsport and Hitman series, Sumo Sheffield’s vast development experience spans multiple genres and platforms.
As winners of the TIGA Star Employment Award for 2021, recipients of the GI Biz 2020 Best Places to Work Award and listed as one of the UK’s 100 Best Large Companies to Work for in 2021, Sumo Digital has enjoyed 18 years of stability and growth since its formation in 2003 and continues to strive for excellence across every single project.
The team have a track record of working on some of the world's biggest and best games and received two BAFTAs for their work on Sackboy: A Big Adventure. As the scale and exclusivity of projects continues to grow, there’s never been a more exciting time to join the Sumo Sheffield family!

As a Senior Build Engineer at Sumo Sheffield you will be responsible for maintaining the stability of the project builds across all target platforms and environments.  

You will be responsible for the design and implementation of systems to automate building (compilation, linking, packaging, etc) testing, deployment and release/certification of a given title.  

You will be capable of quickly identifying the cause of any build disruptions, and for either resolving those problems directly or communicating with relevant stakeholders to help resolve those build issues.

You will be responsible for applying updates to Build Environments (OS, Application, IDE, etc.).  Furthermore, you will coordinate with relevant Stakeholders to manage changes to Development, Test and Retail Environments.

You will be helped in this and report to the Lead Programmer on the Development Team.

A typical day involves maintaining Environments & Systems for existing projects, while developing strategies for improving and automating the build and test processes for existing and future projects.

You know how to use the tools required, including systems and scripting languages for automating building and testing.  

You may also have the skills to develop and refine tests to improve the quality of the testing process.  

You will have excellent communication skills enabling you to accurately communicate issues and report on the status of the build systems and builds themselves.

You are proactive in identifying gaps in our end-to-end pipelines and are continually proposing and implementing improvements.

Within this role you will require:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with Jenkins, TeamCity or similar CI/CD systems
  • A strong understanding of SCCM tools (Perforce, git or Subversion) and workflows (branching, streams, integrations, etc.)
  • Experience with Maven, Gradle, or similar build management tools
  • A solid understanding of Linux, OSX and Windows Operating Systems
  • Experience in a minimum of one scripting language (Python, Bash, Perl, Ruby, PowerShell).
  • We need you to have:

  • Experience working with Distributed Build Systems and Infrastructure (SN-DBS, Incredibuild, FASTBuild, etc.)
  • Experience writing and maintaining automation scripts
  • Knowledge of large-scale asset pipelines
  • Experience in a range of programming languages (C#, C++, Java)
  • Good time management and self-motivation skills
  • The ability to take direction and feedback.
  • Experience deploying to cloud compute and storage environments
  • Game industry experience, and experience of console build tool chains
  • You will also need to:

  • You are highly motivated to tune and optimise pipelines in order to improve team efficiency.
  • Think critically and apply analytical skills in resolving complex issues
  • Author and present technical proposals for process improvements
  • Mentor less experienced programmers.
  • Nice to haves:

  • Familiarity with VMWare or similar technologies
  • Familiarity with application containers (Docker, Kubernetes, etc.)
  • Familiarity with AWS, Azure, etc
  • Familiarity with Compile-time and Link-time optimisation strategies
  • Familiarity with Crash/Incident Reporting Systems
  • Familiarity with Log Aggregation
  • Familiarity with Retail/Production Telemetry & Metrics
  • Console programming experience.
  • What We Offer:

    ·               Annual Bonus & Annual Salary Reviews
    ·               Electric Car Scheme
    ·               Salary Sacrifice Pension Scheme
    ·               Flexible Working  
    ·               27 Days Holiday, including your birthday a duvet day and Christmas
    ·               Holiday ‘buy and sell’ scheme
    ·               5 Paid Learning Days, including 1 volunteer day per year
    ·               Access to 4,000 Udemy Courses, The Gnomen Workshop, GDC Vault and more
    ·               Enhanced Mat/Paternity & Adoption pay
    ·               Free Life Assurance - 4x Salary
    ·               Free Income Protection Scheme -up to 75%
    ·               Free Dental Insurance
    ·               Supportive Employee Assistance Programme with confidential 24/7/365 helpline & app
    ·               Access remote GP, Mental Health, Physio appointments & medical second opinions
    ·               Additional flexible benefits scheme
    ·               Cycle to Work Scheme
    ·               Mental Health First Aiders
    ·               Payroll Giving Scheme
    ·               Game & Book Libraries
    ·               Long service & project completion awards
    ·               Wrap Parties
    ·               Alternative Travel Prize Draw
    ·               The Sumo GameJam
    ·               Great family events
    ·               Studio clubs, inc. running, board games, film…
    ·               Life Drawing
    ·               Yoga Classes
    ·               Free fruit and drinks
    ·               Employee Referral Bonus     
    ·               Career Development      
    ·               Relocation Support to the UK
    ·               Visa Sponsorship
    Where do we stand on diversity?

    At Sumo, we want to enable everyone to bring their full, authentic selves to work every single day. We acknowledge that the games industry is far from perfect and a global organisation with people all over the world, from all kinds of backgrounds, we know it’s part of our duty to provide everyone at Sumo with a safe, accepting and affirming working environment.
    We encourage and welcome applicants from all backgrounds.
    More about Sumo Sheffield
    Sumo Sheffield is located just outside the city centre in Sumo Digital’s HQ, just off J34 on the M1 and a stone’s throw from the city’s primary shopping and leisure complex. With a multi-building campus comprised of industry-leading facilities, an onsite gym and subsidised canteen, Sumo Sheffield provides everything needed for all teams to create the world’s best games.
    Sheffield is the fifth largest city in the UK and is easily accessible by road and rail from Leeds, Manchester and the Midlands. The city enjoys a wealth of facilities to suit a wide array of interests, including:

    o   World-class sports facilities
    o   Iconic theatres and galleries
    o   Multiple retail and shopping experiences
    o   Diverse and renowned restaurants and eateries
    o   The award-winning National Video Game Museum

    More about Sumo Digital
    Sumo Digital is an award-winning international family of studios. Recent releases from Sumo Digital studios include: BAFTA-Award winning Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Hood: Outlaws & Legends, Control Ultimate Edition on Google Stadia, Apple Arcade Award-winning Little Orpheus, Hot Shot Racing, WST Snooker and Spyder.

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