TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

As a Technical Director, you will be highly innovative and have a strong passion for the development of inspiring and creative games. You will work with a cross-functional team and take responsibility for setting the high-level vision and work closely with all disciplines to deliver on the overall game. 

Third Kind Games is an independent game studio 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 we have been growing ever since. 

We’re now one of the largest independently owned game dev studios, we have also launched our new studio in Poland, built on the same shared TKG spirit and values.

We work with some of the biggest AAA names in the industry such as Blizzard, Amazon, Microsoft and Mythical Games. Alongside our client projects, we’re also working on our own IP, so it’s a super exciting time at Third Kind Games!

At TKG we want to offer a place where our team can be their most creative, imaginative and curious selves. We dare to dream and turn that ambition into a reality with our combined skills and experience, pushing us lightyears ahead.

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.

ROLE OVERVIEW
  • You will be responsible for the entire programming team, working on our own IP within a brand new game concept utilising Unreal Engine 5.

  • You will directly manage and support a small dedicated team of lead programmers for this innovative project. Your lead programmers shall manage the day to day activities and workloads of their individual programmers. 

  • You will be responsible for defining all processes and tools used by the team, and the career development of all programming team members.

  • You will understand our consumer needs and ensure the technical vision is understood by our teams and partners so the game delivers great player satisfaction and maximum enjoyment. 

  • You will be responsible for pulling together the overall technical direction of the game by collaborating and inspiring our teams to achieve this and meet key milestones.

  • You will lead by example and develop high programming standards with the team.

  • You can communicate and evangelise your vision to both internal and external stakeholders at all levels to ensure the features and visions for the game are delivered.

IDEAL CANDIDATE
  • You can foster a culture of innovation and collaboration, motivating our cross-functional teams to develop unique games with an engaging player experience.

  • You can understand the technical and production elements to ensure a practical concept is delivered and exceeds the customer expectations.

  • You will lead and encourage our technical planning sessions, scrums, and retrospectives and help us drive the development of our projects and the team.

  • Naturally inquisitive, you keep up to date with the games market, emerging technologies and industry trends and cascade to your team.

  • You will be able to lead and motivate programmers and designers to prototype, develop, and refine unique features.

  • You will be able to talk and present enthusiastically about technical ideas, championing their potential.

  • You will be highly adaptable and a great problem solver.

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS
  • 5+ years industry experience in leading a high performing programming team.

  • 10 + years of programming experience in C# or/ and C++.

  • Experience in software design practices including architecture, software design patterns and algorithmic solutions.

  • A realistic, pragmatic and commercially aware approach to games development.

  • Proven ability to develop fun gameplay concepts, ideas and features that keep players wanting more.

  • Experience of designing and launching a live AAA Game.

  • Experience with Unreal.

DESIRED
  • Experience with Unity, or similar game engines.

If you think this is the role for you please send us your CV and an introductory email, which helps us to get to know you better. We aim to respond to your application within 2 working days. 

 

Usually we will conduct a telephone interview, prior to any face to face or virtual interviews.

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