Technical Director

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; big things are on the horizon and we want you to be part of our continued journey. Join us!

The role @ Sumo

We are actively recruiting a new AAA Core team as part of our expansion strategy, capable of innovating & developing the next wave of gaming.

As part of this new drive we are currently on the search for an exceptional Technical Director to join our Sheffield studio. You will be working in the newly formed Core team and will be the back bone of the team’s Code discipline, assisting in shaping what it looks like and helping to drive diversity as we begin to work on an exciting new project.

Your main responsibilities:

  • Technical Strategy ~ take the lead in technical strategy and direction for an exciting new IP with one of the world’s biggest publishers.
  • Communicate ~ development progress clearly and regularly with the publisher and production.
  • Collaborate ~ act as a sounding board for Project Leads; offering feedback, guidance and advice as needed.
  • Risk Management ~ identify technical risks on projects and develop contingency plans to put into place with the team.
  • Recruit, Grow & Mentor ~ able to grow and develop the technical teams, with a focus on recruitment, mentoring, developing team members and performance management.
  • Coding Practices ~ be responsible for ensuring we follow solid coding practices & maintaining a high bar for our code quality.
  • Sharing Knowledge ~ with other Technical Directors to propose solutions that improve the development of projects in the studio
  • Positive Working Relationships ~ with Studio Discipline Directors.

To be successful you will have:

  • Proven team management and communication skills.
  • Exceptional Coding skills in C++
  • Proven commercial leadership experience in the gaming industry either as a Technical Director, or a Senior/Lead on a major AAA game.
  • Experience working on games for console or PC throughout an entire development cycle.
  • A consultative approach, working across the whole studio to deliver your projects.
  • A sound understanding of software development practices.
  • The ability to adapt or suggest adaptations to existing Engines and Workflows

It would be advantageous if you have:

  • Experience working on new IP products.
  • Experience in games as a service.
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.