Lead Programmer

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!

The Role @ Sumo Sheffield

We are looking for a Lead Programmer to join us on an exciting new multiplayer arcade/sports title.  This is a fantastic opportunity to play a pivotal role in managing the programming team’s technical direction.
 
In this highly collaborative & logistics-focused role, you will coordinate the programming team's collective efforts.
You will be responsible for the planning and troubleshooting of development on daily basis in order to deliver on the high-level arcade-fun-feel vision for the game.
 
As a Lead Programmer, reporting to the project’s Technical Director, you will create and maintain best practices for the game systems.  You will champion quality across the project and collaborate with all disciplines in the delivery of an exciting new AAA franchise.
 
You will join an experienced group of talented developers who share a passion for creating AAA quality games.  Your skills, experience and perspective will complement a team built on transparency, trust, and integrity; a team who are not afraid to challenge ourselves in the pursuit of excellence.

Within this role you will:

  • Manage daily, a team of game programmers
  • Work closely with and support all Discipline Leads (Art, Design, Production) to plan sprint & milestone deliverables.
  • Work closely with the Franchise Code Leadership Team to plan, estimate, monitor and evaluate the technical roadmap for the project.
  • Communicate technical challenges, risks and dependencies along with possible solutions to all Stakeholders
  • Evaluate and provide feedback on the Code deliverables, ensuring quality, performance and timely delivery
  • Work closely with Design Stakeholders to review gameplay feature specifications and provide feedback and technical direction
  • Prototype gameplay features and systems, when necessary, using in-house engine and technologies
  • Design, write and test efficient code that meets and exceeds internal quality criteria
  • Contribute to regular code reviews, championing code quality and best practices
  • We need you to have:

  • 5+ years of games industry experience
  • 2+ years of experience successfully managing a technical team
  • Excellent working knowledge of performant C++
  • Excellent communication (technical, written, verbal) skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and people management skills.  You understand your team as well as you understand the codebase
  • Experienced in developing advanced gameplay features and systems on at least one published title
  • Strong 3D Math
  • Be receptive to feedback, evolving designs, and iteration
  • You will also need to:

  • Be diplomatic and professional
  • Think critically and apply analytical skills in resolving complex issues
  • Author technical designs
  • Mentor less experienced programmers
  • Nice to haves:

  • Experience working with an Entity Component Systems (ECS) codebase.
  • Experience working with cross-team development on shared game technology (engine, systems, tools)
  • What We Offer:

    ·         Annual Bonus 
    ·         Share Incentive Plan
    ·         Competitive Pension
    ·         Flexible Working   
    ·         27 Days Holiday, including your birthday, a duvet day and Christmas
    ·         5 Learning Days
    ·         Access to 4,000 Udemy Courses
    ·         Game & Book Libraries
    ·         Wrap Parties
    ·         Alternative Travel Prize Draw
    ·         The Sumo Game Jam
    ·         Big Family Events
    ·         Studio clubs, inc. running, board games, film…
    ·         Life Drawing
    ·         Yoga Classes
    ·         Free fruit and drinks
    ·         Employee Referral Bonus      
    ·         Career Development       
    ·         Competitive Mat/Paternity & Adoption 
    ·         Employee Assistance Programme
    ·         Life Assurance 4x Salary
    ·         Income Protection of 75%            
    ·         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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