Principal Graphics 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

Sumo Sheffield is looking for an exceptional Principal Graphics Programmer to help realise the unique aesthetic of an incredibly ambitious, AAA action title.

You will join an established team of talented developers at the inception stage of this ground-breaking new project. Your skills and perspective will complement a team built on transparency, trust, and integrity; a team who are not afraid to challenge themselves in the pursuit of excellence.

As a Principle Graphics Programmer working with the project’s Technical & Art Leadership, you will champion quality across the project and collaborate with all disciplines in the delivery of this exciting new game.

Within this role you will:

  • Be responsible for the graphics systems across the game.
  • Work closely with Code Leadership to plan, estimate, and write high-quality performant graphic systems.
  • Work closely with the Art Team and offer technical guidance an any proposed art content.
  • Work with the Art Team to plan and maintain an efficient material hierarchy.
  • Investigate bugs or issues in the graphics system when encountered.
  • Design, write and test efficient code that meets and exceeds internal quality criteria.
  • We need you to have:

  • A deep knowledge of the graphics pipeline, low-level graphics APIs, shader languages and GPU profiling and optimisation techniques.
  • 3+ years games industry experience.
  • Excellent working knowledge of C++.
  • Have worked as a senior graphics programmer on at least one published Unreal project.
  • Be receptive to critical feedback, evolving designs and iteration
  • Good inter-discipline communication skills with the ability to explain difficult concepts easily.
  • You will also need to:

  • Think critically and apply analytical skills in resolving complex issues.
  • Mentor less experienced programmers.
  • Nice to haves:

  • Console programming experience.
  • 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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