Lead Engine Programmer [Unannounced Project] (278)

Job Description

Ubisoft Leamington has been a member of the Ubisoft family since January 2017 and has collaborated on Tom Clancy’s The Division & The Division 2, Far Cry 5 and Starlink: Battle For Atlas. Currently comprised of a 70-strong team, the studio is a solid and experienced group supported by a mix of veteran developers and promising young talent. Based in Royal Leamington Spa, Ubisoft Leamington is at the heart of a thriving destination for UK game developers.

The Lead Engine Programmer will lead an engine team within a collaborative multi-discipline environment with a focus on the three pillars of Leadership at Ubisoft:  Care about People, Drive Performance and Development and Lead in Complexity.

Responsibilities

  • Build an effective team to ensure it is fully resourced, a manageable size and a good mix of levels and foster the team player culture;
  • Plan, prioritise and set inspiring objectives for your team members all year long;
  • Empower your team members with clear expectations and hold them accountable for their key results;
  • Provide your team members with ongoing and meaningful feedback on performance and development -- ensuring positive acknowledgement of all achievements, both big and small;
  • Enable your team members to reflect and prepare their future in their role and at Ubisoft;
  • Engage and positively influence team members and stakeholders around a vision;
  • Navigate through ambiguity and embrace change with a positive mindset;
  • Create the environment for initiatives and ideas to emerge and grow;
  • Care about people:  be exemplary and supportive;
  • Communicate with impact and promote an open dialogue within your team.
  • Work with production, engineers, design and art team leads to create task estimates and schedules for the engine team and track development efforts across the team;
  • Ensure your team participates in standard studio development processes;
  • Liaise with internal and external middleware technology providers, and console manufacturers;
  • Balance active code development with the management requirements and responsibilities of a discipline lead;
  • Ensure the delivery of practical and timely solutions by the engine team that meets the game design and technical requirements;
  • Ensure code is modular, self-contained, and defensive and observes the technical constraints on the system by leading regular technical design and code reviews;
  • Define good programming practices and coding standards, and ensure they are enforced within the engine team through regular peer code reviews;
  • Ensure the creation of technical documentation for the engine team as well as other disciplines, and assist in the creation of submission materials as required;
  • Continually review the engine and development processes to identify potential improvements;
  • Be an advocate and ambassador for technology sharing across projects;
  • Supporting the line manager in any ad hoc tasks and duties.

Qualifications

Skills and Knowledge

  • Knowledge of refactoring C++ code to work on co-processors (e.g. SPU, compute shaders) is desirable
  • Excellent C/C++ programming skills, with excellent knowledge of object oriented development;
  • Extensive experience working with a large game codebase, and it's modules, middleware and associated pipeline
  • Deep understanding of software performance considerations, with ability to design and implement well performance systems/features
  • Proven ability to analyse unfamiliar code of a reasonable complexity to understand, extend, refactor and optimise an existing module
  • Proven ability to debug defects of a reasonable complexity, including memory related issues, multi-threading, and assembly level debugging
  • Understanding of the constraints and technical requirements for console platform development within their area
  • Familiarity with common scheduling, task and issue tracking tools – MS Project, Jira, etc;
  • Able to create, manage and track schedules for a team of engineers;
  • Self-motivated and pro-active with a strong work ethic;
  • Excellent oral and written communication and general soft skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of common algorithms, data structures and patterns, and the ability to apply them to problems while keeping constraints and performance in mind;
  • Proven ability to analyse unfamiliar code of a significant complexity to understand and extend the functionality of an existing module;
  • In-depth knowledge of different software development methods such as Test Driven Development, Unit Testing, Agile, etc;

Relevant Experience

  • Experience managing and leading technical staff;
  • 6+ years of commercial software development experience as a senior engineer with significant involvement in 2 published games a plus;
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject or equivalent industry experience.
  • Experience working with at least one modern console platform is an advantage
  • Experience with profiling tools
  • Experience working in a multi-site collaboration environment is a plus
  • Experience working at low-level with at least one modern console platform
  • Experience of working with external platform SDKs, APIs and middleware

Additional Information

Benefits & Relocation

Flexible working, 22 days annual leave + Christmas shutdown, private healthcare (with option to add immediate family), life insurance & income protection, workplace pension scheme, paid volunteering days, annual fitness & well-being allowance, games, technology & merchandise, subsidised travel and many more...

Relocation assistance is available to anyone currently living 50 miles or more from the studio location. Please contact a member of the talent acquisition team to find out what we have to offer and how we can support with your move here... relocation really doesn't have to be a daunting prospect.

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Ubisoft Reflections & Ubisoft Leamington is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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