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Lead AI Programmer


Splash Damage


London, United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Programming and Development




Mid-Senior Level

Permanent | Full Time


Description About Splash Damage
We founded Splash Damage with a mission to create lifelong friendships amongst our players and our staff by building the world's most engaging multiplayer experiences. We only team up with the world's leading partners and have worked with many of gaming's most beloved universes over the years. 
Our studio culture is built around autonomy, friendliness, and constant learning, and we look after our talent with a comprehensive benefits package. The Sunday Times named Splash Damage the UK's 47th Best Company to Work For in 2018, and we've been awarded their Best Companies accreditation four years running. We also believe our teams create better work when they have a range of perspectives and opinions to draw from, and we are committed to increasing diversity across our studio to consistently enable that. 
We are currently working on numerous exciting titles for PC and consoles, including Gears 5, Gears Tactics, Halo: The Master Chief Collection and a few that haven't been announced yet. Come join us!

The Role  
Members of the Gameplay and AI programming team are responsible for implementing new and exciting NPCs, behaviours,  Bosses  and gameplay features within a multiplayer environment. We work closely with other disciplines to  help them  realise their ideas through rapid prototyping and iterative agile development.  
As a  Lead  AI  Programmer, you will be responsible for spearheading the effort of your team from architecture design, to implementation of large-scale  AI game features .   You will consider the skills and talents of your team members and use their experience to  identify risk, build roadmaps  and become a force-multiplier for your team, mentoring them every step of the way.  You will also help drive the project forward by working with your project Technical Lead to  plan and maintain roadmaps and improve processes.  
We believe that constantly improving on our skills is an essential part of the job and offer regular leadership,  management,  and mentoring training opportunities.  
You excel at:  

  • Setting clear technical direction,  intent,  and best practices within your team.  
  • Identifying risks and blockers early and proactively removing them.  
  • Working effectively in open and collaborative environments.  
  • Working closely with project leadership to plan long term road maps and improve development processes.  
  • Seeing the big picture impact of decisions and critically evaluating them.  
  • Nurturing professional growth within your team with an enthusiastic attitude and a team-first mentality.  
  • Communicating ideas,  intent,  and constraints to both technical and non-technical team members.   
You have:  
  • Expert  knowledge of C++, with relevant professional experience.  
  • Strong understanding of game-development related 3D maths principles.  
  • The leadership skills to lead  a n AI  development  team.  
  • Professional experience iteratively implementing AI features from inception to delivery.  
  • Experience working in all phases of game development, from feature design  to planning and establishing roadmaps ,  implementation,   and  bug-fixing.  
  • A strong understanding of AI behavioural & navigational techniques used in modern games.  
  • A strong interest in researching and implementing new AI related technologies.  
  • Experience working closely with design teams  and leadership  to elicit requirements  and help shape great AI-driven game experiences.  
Even better if you have:  
  • Professional development experience with real-time networked multiplayer games.  
  • Professional Unreal Engine 4 development  experience on PC and/or consoles .  
  • E xperience with multi-threaded development >  
  • Experience developing for Scarlett, PS5,  Xbox One and/or PS4.  
  • Experience profiling and optimising code for optimal CPU,  memory,  and bandwidth usage.  
  • Experience in animation programming.  
  • Experience developing procedurally generated environments.  

Studio Culture 
Splash Damage offers a fun, friendly and relaxed working environment. Everyone here shares a passion for video games and that shows in daily office life. We get together regularly for a wide range of social events, enjoying pub quizzes, cinema trips and gaming nights, competing in our plethora of sports and game groups, and letting our hair down at our legendary company parties, karaoke and our weekly Friday get togethers for in-house drinks, games and more. 
Find out more on our  Studio page . 

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