LEAD PROGRAMMER

Third Kind Games, is a growing, independent game developer based in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, the heart of the UK games industry.


Third Kind was founded in 2016, by a group of industry veterans from many high profile companies such
as Activision, Codemasters, Sony, Crytek and more.


Third Kind focuses on emerging technologies and greenfield projects, supported by a dynamic and
creative team who are able to explore new ground in this ever changing landscape.


Our latest title in development is Blankos Block Party, a collectables game using blockchain technology, where the player can build their own worlds, create their own MMO gameplay, and blend their Blankos to create totally unique new characters.


We are always expanding and we are looking for others to join us as Third Kinders.

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A THIRD KINDER?

Our team is a diverse group of people. They are collaborative, high performers who embrace ideas and knowledge from everyone in the Third Kind family, with the aim of developing and inspiring ourselves and
our games.


Work life balance and flexibility are very important to us and our team.

 

We also actively encourage our teams to explore their creativity outside of work on their own projects.

THE IMPACT YOU WILL HAVE
  • You will understand our customer needs and ensure the programming team contributes to player satisfaction and enjoyment, making our games more fun to play.

  • You will recruit and lead a small team of Programmers, creating a positive environment which  focuses on open feedback, mentoring and the career development  of your team.

  • You can prioritise the daily workflows to ensure a balanced approach to workload and production management on behalf of the Programmer team.

  • You will lead by example and use your knowledge to support the development and performance of the team. 

  • You will be working with a highly experienced team on all areas of the game, both client and server.You will fully own complex systems through design and development, working closely with the Programmers and other disciplines to realise their visions.

  • You will help to drive to our creative planning sessions, scrums, and retrospectives.

  • You will play an active role in the mentoring and development of junior staff.

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FROM AN IDEAL CANDIDATE
  • You will be capable of working autonomously, gathering your own requirements and creating your own solutions.

  • Strong understanding of how an engine works and the commercial implications.

  • Naturally inquisitive, you keep up to date with emerging technologies and industry trends and cascade according to support the development of your team.

  • You will prefer a creative, open-thinking environment over one driven by specs and detailed requirements.

  • You can take a design brief and flesh out the ideas, finding the problems, the fun, and explaining these to relevant stake-holders.

  • You will be adept at communicating with colleagues and customers to work well as a team.

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS
  • 10+ years' industry experience.

  • 5+ years' C++ or C# experience.

  • Experience in leading a team.

  • Experience with engines such as Unity, Lumberyard and Unreal.

DESIRED
  • Experience with cloud services such as PlayFab and GameSparks.

LOCATION

Royal Leamington Spa is a well known hub for game development in the UK. It has become known as Silicon Spa for its booming population of game developers and businesses, and it has a rich history in game development dating back over 30 years. It is a beautiful spa town with great shopping, dining, and recreational spaces, situated close to Warwick, Shakespeare’s Stratford, and the Cotswolds.

 

The company has recently moved to a charming new office located directly in the centre of Royal Leamington Spa, just a 1 minute walk from the shops and cafes.

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