Senior Network Programmer - AAA - NW England

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Job Reference: BBBH3291
Job Type: Permanent
Sector: Games Programming
Location: England
Salary: Competitive Rate

We are looking for a Senior Network Programmer to join our Game Technology team. The Game Technology team is part of the Engine Room Department and is responsible for creating and maintaining the nuts and bolts that glue our award winning games together.
As a Senior Network Programmer on the team, you will be working with every platform conceivable, from hand-held devices, through desktop computers to consoles both current and next generation. Because of this, you will be using a wide variety of development environments and programming languages and tackling technical challenges of every sort.
You will be working with all the internal development departments in the Games Studios; the game programmers, low level renderer programmers, artists and designers who produce the amazing content that makes our games alive, the production team who manage the process and the publishers who get our games out to the public. You will also liaise with platform holders to resolve technical challenges and overcome any submission problems that come with the fast pace of the console and handheld market.
You will be expected to get involved with all aspects of the code base to ensure each programming department works effectively together. You will need to have experience with working with large code bases and be able to understand other people’s code quickly. You will be an experienced and passionate individual who takes your career in programming seriously. You will also be able to communicate your ideas well both verbally and in writing, and take pride in seeing your ideas come to fruition over the development process. A self-starter, you will be able to work independently and with minimal supervision.
This role is for a senior network specialist to work on our online multiplayer technology.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience of low level socket based network game programming.
  • Familiarity with online game techniques for matchmaking, error handling and reliability, network topology, object replication and prediction and client security.
  • Experience with online hosting providers such as; Amazon Aws (Gamelift), Multiplay, Microsoft Azure.
  • Familiarity with online/web technologies such as endpoints (REST).
  • Demonstrable games industry experience including several shipped titles.
  • A good degree in Computer Science, Math or Physics or related subject (2.i or above) or equivalent experience.
  • Fluent in C++ and object oriented programming.
  • A structured approach to programming with the desire to write clean, well commented, documented and maintainable code.
  • A positive can-do attitude with the ability to get things done.

A strong candidate will also have one or more of the following:

  • Experience programming consoles at a low-level on PS4, Xbox One, Switch or PC.
  • Understanding of machine architecture.
  • Strong 3D Math skills.
  • Strong debugging skills in a multi-threaded / multi-core environment.
  • The ability to analyse and optimise algorithms for efficiency.
  • Knowledge of Python, SQL, Java.

Personal Skills / Requirements:

  • Excellent communication and organisation skills.
  • Effective time management skills to meet deadlines without sacrificing quality.
  • Practical and methodical approach to both technical and creative problem-solving.
  • Highly self-motivated and show initiative.
  • Ability and willingness to accept and follow direction and to collaborate productively with others.
  • Exceptional eye for detail and drive for quality.

We offer successful candidates a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. Our work environment is inclusive, relaxed and friendly – one of the best things about working here is our fantastic people! We aim to support work-life balance, and some of the benefits we’re most proud of include: flexitime and other family-friendly benefits; discretionary bonus scheme; company pension scheme and life assurance.

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