Lead Programmer

About the Employer
We build ground-breaking games and content for some of the world’s biggest publishers including Microsoft, Sony, Apple and Sega. Sheffield is our largest studio and headquarters, situated just north-east of the city centre, where we’ve built and contributed to some of the world’s best-loved game franchises.

It’s an exciting time to be part of Sumo, winners of the Develop: Star Awards 2019 Best Studio and GI Biz 2020 Best Places to Work; big things are on the horizon and we want you to be part of our continued journey. Join us!

Sumo Sheffield is made up of a diverse mix of fantastic people, although sometimes, some groups are still under-represented. We are working to remove obstacles that can make it difficult for those groups to progress their careers in the games industry. We welcome applications from under-represented people in the gaming industry, including, but not limited to BAME, LGBQT+, women, people with physical disabilities, neurodiversity or mental health issues, and parents or carers.

Lead Programmer role @ Sumo Sheffield
We are looking for a Lead Programmer to join us on an exciting new multiplayer shooter IP. This is a fantastic opportunity to play a pivotal role in developing the codebase from the ground up, helping the programming team to architect, plan and troubleshoot development, to deliver on the high-level vision for the game.

As Lead Programmer working with the project’s Technical Director, you are responsible for the output and development of the programming team. You will create, maintain, and evangelise best practices for the code team. In this role, you will be a champion for quality across the project and collaborate with all disciplines in the delivery of an exciting new AAA franchise.

You will join an experienced group of talented developers who share a passion for creating AAA quality games. Your skills and perspective will complement a team built on transparency, trust, and integrity; a team who are not afraid to challenge ourselves in the pursuit of excellence.

Within this role you will:

  • Lead the code team to achieve the highest possible quality product
  • Work with the Technical director and production to assist with planning and direction of the work of the code team.
  • Help production prioritise and track the work of the code team
  • Encourage best code design practices within the code team
  • Write high quality source code
  • Assist the Technical director with the day-to-day management of the team
  • Coordinate the code team to deliver milestones

We need you to have:

  • Excellent code design skills
  • Have acted as lead on at least 1 shipped title
  • Experience planning and scheduling work for a code team
  • Expert in C/C++, minimum of 5 years' experience
  • 4 years' experience working in the game industry required
  • Experience in PC and/or console programming
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience working on at least one large scale game project

You will also need to:

  • Think critically, and apply analytical skills in resolving complex issues
  • Author technical designs and best practices
  • Mentor less experienced programmers

Nice to haves:

  • At least 2 years’ experience using Unreal Engine 4
  • Experience working on games as a service
  • Experience in a senior capacity working on a first-person shooter
What We Offer:

We offer a super benefits package including generous holidays and flexible working hours. Further perks include our legendary annual Sumo Big Day Out, plus epic Christmas parties, money on your birthday, on site free gym and free fruit for everyone! Our new, regular studio Game Jams are a highlight - staff spend a full day developing and pitching their own game ideas for possible development by Sumo.

Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built upon the basis of every team member having the opportunity to shine and have a realisable input into the games we create. We are a very happy ship with lots of incredibly nice people that partake in shared interest groups, lunchtime clubs, charity fundraising events and lots of socialising.

We are proud to be located in Sheffield, just off J34 of the M1 offering easy road and rail access from Leeds, Manchester and the Midlands. Sheffield itself enjoys wealth of facilities including world class sporting facilities, stunning theatres and galleries, the National Video Game Museum, shopping, restaurants and incredible parks and green spaces - all on the doorstep of the beautiful Peak District National Park. We love it here.