Within this role you will :
Lead your team to achieve the highest possible quality product
Work with the Technical director, project leads and production to assist with planning and direction of the work of the AI team
Help production prioritise and track the work of your team
Work closely with Game and Level Designers, reviewing gameplay feature specifications and provide AI-specific insights where possible
Design, write and test efficient code that meets and exceeds internal quality criteria
Contribute to regular code reviews, championing code quality and best practices
Coordinate your team to ensure milestones are delivered
We need you to have :
Excellent code design skills
Have acted as lead on at least 1 shipped title
Experienced in developing advanced AI features and systems on at least one published 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
Experience with networking in games.
You will also need to :
Think critically and apply analytical skills in resolving complex issues
Author technical designs
Mentor less experienced programmers
Have a deep interest in the field of game Artificial Intelligence
It would be nice if you have :
Console programming experience
What we offer :
Defined Annual Bonus Scheme
ULEV car scheme
Monthly allowance to spend on enhancing benefits
Salary Sacrifice Pension
21 days free-use holiday
your birthday off
5 learning days including 1 volunteer day
a duvet day
Christmas shutdown from Christmas Eve to New Year
extra allowance accrued for longer service
Free dental insurance
Life Assurance 4x Salary
Income Protection of 75% for 5 years
Enhanced Mat / Paternity & Adoption pay
Employee Assistance Programme :
Help at Hand - Remote GP, Mental Health & Physio appointments
Free financial & home buying support consultations
Cycle to Work Scheme
Payroll Giving Scheme
Access to 4,000 Udemy Courses
Career Development Pathway
Project Completion Awards
Game / Creative Jams
Big Family Events
Studio social activities, e.g. running, board games, film, yoga, life drawing...
Prism - Sumo's employee diversity focus group
Free fruit and drinks in our studios
Employee Referral Bonus
Relocation Support to the UK
Where do we stand on diversity?
At Sumo, we want to enable everyone to bring their full, authentic selves to work every single day. We acknowledge that the games industry is far from perfect and a global organisation with people all over the world, from all kinds of backgrounds, we know it's part of our duty to provide everyone at Sumo with a safe, accepting and affirming working environment.
We encourage and welcome applicants from all backgrounds.
More about Sumo Sheffield
Sumo Sheffield is located just outside the city centre in Sumo Digital's HQ, just off J34 on the M1 and a stone's throw from the city's primary shopping and leisure complex.
With a multi-building campus comprised of industry-leading facilities, an onsite gym and subsidised canteen, Sumo Sheffield provides everything needed for all teams to create the world's best games.
Sheffield is the fifth largest city in the UK and is easily accessible by road and rail from Leeds, Manchester and the Midlands.
The city enjoys a wealth of facilities to suit a wide array of interests, including :
o World-class sports facilities
o Iconic theatres and galleries
o Multiple retail and shopping experiences
o Diverse and renowned restaurants and eateries
o The award-winning National Video Game Museum
More about Sumo Digital
Sumo Digital is an award-winning international family of studios. Recent releases from Sumo Digital studios include : BAFTA-Award winning Sackboy : A Big Adventure, Hood : Outlaws & Legends, Control Ultimate Edition on Google Stadia, Apple Arcade Award-winning Little Orpheus, Hot Shot Racing, WST Snooker and Spyder.