Lead Engine/Pipeline Programmer


Posted 02.02.2019

We are God of War! Join us!

You’re into games – you love making them, you love collaborating to make them. Your strength is guiding a team in developing efficient pipelines and infrastructure to support game prototyping, production, and testing.

And you are talented and motivated, with tons of initiative. You get things done. Sound interesting? If so, give us a shout.



  • Participate in high-level discussions about the interaction between code, content creation, and Q/A to determine direction needed for quality customer support
  • Research, define, extend, and maintain production pipelines, processes, and workflows
  • Upgrade, evolve, and maintain existing servers and infrastructure in collaboration with IT
  • Familiar with Perforce, Git, Jenkins, Windows, and Linux system administration
  • Mentor, guide, and lead programmers of all experience levels
  • Collaborate in making plans and driving them to timely completion
  • Exhibit pragmatic long view of systems to propose and guide necessary improvements
  • Profile and optimize software systems to improve performance
  • Write clear, maintainable, portable, and highly functional code as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Engineering or equivalent experience
  • Expertise in C/C++ required, Python desirable
  • Minimum seven years of professional programming experience
  • Strong programming generalist with solid code architecture skills
  • Good knowledge of 3D authoring packages (e.g. Maya or 3DS Max)
  • Professional experience demonstrating proficiency in algorithm design, understanding of complexity, and software architecture and design
  • Solid understanding of 3D math
  • Write clean, maintainable and extensible code with attention to reusability
  • Commitment to code quality, documentation, and sound testing procedures
  • Work across disciplines, with diverse team members who hold differing perspectives
  • Enthusiasm and initiative
  • Excellent spoken and written communication

We value talent, self-motivation, and team spirit. In turn, we provide an environment with a large degree of freedom and autonomy

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