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Senior Programmers - SUMO NORTH WEST


Sumo Digital Ltd.


North West, North West

South Africa

Programming and Development




Mid-Senior Level

Permanent | Full Time


Sumo Digital build ground-breaking games and content for some of the world's biggest publishers including Microsoft, Sony, Apple and Sega.

Sumo North West is the latest addition to the family. Established by Scott Kirkland - BAFTA nominated local games industry veteran and co-founder of (Sony) Evolution Studios and Secret Sorcery - the studio's mandate is to build a world-class team of technologists and creatives to provide efficient and effective solutions to prestigious partners from around the world, working on some of the biggest, newest and most popular IPs and platforms along the way!

The Role @ Sumo

Our Senior Programmers are critical to our development pipeline. In addition to programming, you'll mentor and develop more junior members of the team, and embrace best practices, maintaining quality, avoiding unnecessary complexity and striving for efficiency.

You'll be responsible for developing and maintaining robust game, engine and tool functionality in collaboration with Technical Leadership and the wider team to fulfil technical and creative requirements. You'll contribute to the creation and maintenance of realistic schedules in collaboration with Technical Leadership and Project Management, communicating progress and impediments as they arise.

Within this role you will:

  • Proven and respected engineer with a positive, can-do attitude and a history of success on significant projects;
  • Excellent cross-discipline communicator;
  • Broad and deep contemporary knowledge of game systems, engines and PC/console platforms;
  • Expert knowledge of C++, proficient in other relevant languages;
  • Goal orientated, proactive and methodical problem-solver;
  • Strong 3D math skills;
  • Proficient and pragmatic in debugging and profiling/optimisation;
  • Quality-minded, with great attention to detail;
  • Passionate about games and game technology;

  • We need you to have:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related subject;
  • Experience of platform service integration and platform-holder requirements;
  • Knowledge of commercial game engines and middleware;
  • Experience of localisation/culturalization pipelines and considerations;
  • Knowledge of continuous integration and build distribution systems;
  • Development experience spanning multiple genres;

  • You will also need to:

  • Think critically, and apply analytical skills in resolving complex issues
  • Find and fix complex bugs in any area of the project
  • Create and own complex systems from start to finish
  • Author technical designs and best practices
  • Plan work and meet deadlines designated for team projects

  • Sumo Digital, winners of the Develop: Star Awards 2019 Best Studio, continues to be one of the UK's most prolific game developers, enjoying year on year stability and growth since its founding in 2003.

    We have UK studios in Sheffield, Newcastle, Nottingham, Leamington Spa, Warrington, The Chinese Room in Brighton and Red Kite Games in Leeds, along with Sumo Video Games in Pune, India.

    In addition to offering a superb benefits package including generous holidays and flexi-time, we also take care of our people, with an emphasis on work/life balance and fun events such as our legendary annual Sumo 'Big Day Out', epic Christmas parties and much more! Regular studio Game Jams are another highlight of Sumo life - with successful concepts going on to commercial release including TIGA award winning Snake Pass and upcoming Spyder for Apple Arcade.

    Sumo North West is based in Warrington - a thriving Cheshire town situated between the metropolises of Manchester and Liverpool and historic Chester. Benefitting from a £139m transformation to create a new central leisure and retail attraction and with great road and rail connections, Warrington is an accessible and popular place to live, work and play!

    Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built on every team member having the opportunity to shine and have real, meaningful input into the games that we create. We pride ourselves on our positive atmosphere and sociable team who regularly partake in shared interest groups, lunchtime and after-work clubs, and charity fundraising events.

    With the backing of Sumo Group PLC, this is a rare opportunity to influence inception, growth and ultimate success of Sumo North West, rising to new challenges and developing skills as we lay strong and enduring foundations. If you have passion and talent, join us as we embark upon this exciting and inclusive new chapter for Sumo Digital and the North West game development community!

    Keep Calm and waka waka...