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Technical Architect





United Kingdom

Programming and Development




Permanent | Full Time


Company Overview:

A leader in creating deep and engaging experiences on PC and mobile, Jagex was founded in 2001 and is today one of the UK's biggest and most respected video game developers and publishers.

Famed for its flagship MMOs RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, Jagex has welcomed more than 260million player accounts to its world and created a $1bn lifetime franchise revenue. Today the RuneScape franchise exists beyond running games in live operations; our titles are living games that connect and inspire millions of players, with content and experiences both inside and outside of inexhaustible game worlds.

Both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, on PC and mobile, offer ever-evolving, highly-active worlds and our community-focussed development ethos empowers players to have a real say in how each game is shaped.

Jagex is expanding and extending its portfolio with fresh franchise titles, new IP and, in 2018 launched Jagex Partners, delivering third-party publishing and operational services exclusively for the living games of the future.

Jagex employs more than 400 people at its Cambridge headquarters and is on the hunt for talented people to work across the business to help the company to achieve yet another year of record growth and player satisfaction.

Job Purpose:

The Technical Architect will play a key role in our technology team to drive and shape our technology landscape with an overarching aim to introduce a best-in-class technology. Leading the architecture initiatives, this role will assess the current technology state and review our future aims by working with teams technically on execution and delivery through coaching, assessments, and tools. This role will work across the Studio and will focus on the following areas: Infrastructure, Cloud, Security, Engineering and Data.

Key Duties Include:

    • Collaborating/partnering with technology leadership and staff across the business and technology to continuously improve our technology and experience across the enterprise.
    • Incorporate the aspects of Security, Availability, Performance, and User Experience in all your designs while improving and maintaining the existing designs.
    • Work with engineering teams to design and implement scalable, reliable systems using good practices and cloud native architecture principles where applicable.
    • Create technology drawing that dovetail into our overall business strategy to business and technical requirements.
    • Assist, test, and help to create Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan (BCDRP) ensuring targeted solutions meet the defined Recovery Time Objective (RTO)/ recovery Point Objective (RPO) requirements.
    • Quickly assess the current and future technology states related to the financial and gaming environment, to directly assist engineers, ensuring clarity and alignment across the wider org, to meet financial audit requirements.
    • Assist defining and executing architecture processes such as the Architecture Review Board (ARB), Design reviews, Technical Debt registration, Design Pattern approvals and reporting.

Corporate Responsibilities:
    • Responsible for collaborating/partnering with staff across the business to continuously improve our technology across the enterprise.
    • The ability to quickly assess the current and future technology states, to directly assist engineers, ensuring clarity and alignment across the wider org, standards, and regulations.
    • To role model progressive technical leadership across the org with a focus on our values, player obsessed, scientifically creative and courage for change.
    • Draw on technical and industry (gaming) expertise on how to multiply the effect of the overall business strategy.
    • Will be able to work within an environment that is ambiguous and complex, translating this into clear and effective requirements and technical diagrams.
    • To always behave in a professional manner, maintaining a positive and conscientious work ethic whilst also demonstrating initiative and determination to get the job done.
    • To work effectively with colleagues both within the immediate team and across the company whenever necessary.
    • To demonstrate a willingness to adapt to the evolving environment of the company, teams and work requirements.

Essential Requirements:
    • Gamer at heart -> we expect our employees to be product focused at all levels.
    • Technical depth and breadth so you can bring together solutions - (security, network, linux, windows, datacenter architecture, cloud architecture, software development, and automation).
    • Expert in coaching staff on technical architecture.
    • Expert knowledge in technical or enterprise architecture with relevant experience.
    • Expert in technical aspects of game publishing as it pertains to game hosting, corporate IT, and platform development environments.
    • Is passionate about security and knows how to balance cyber risk which aligns to the needs of the business.
    • Experience in vendor management / negotiations.
    • Experience with disaster recovery / business continuity plans.
    • Excellent communication and collaboration with client/stakeholder/engineers - listening and providing answers.
    • Strong problem-solving skills.
    • Attention to detail.
    • Ability to gather requirements and assimilate information and create architectural artifacts.
    • Up to date knowledge of technical applications and infrastructure.
    • Good knowledge of quality standards and best practice.
    • Ability to be adapt and prioritize.
    • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
    • Ability to think ahead and anticipate problems, issues, and solutions.

Company Benefits:

- Flexible Working

- Bonus Scheme

- Private Health Care

- Gym Membership

- Generous Pension Contributions

- Life Insurance

- Free Cycle Repair

- Income Protection

- Dental Plan

- Free Fruit and Drinks

- Subsidised Canteen

Feel like you fit this role, but don't meet all the requirements? We strive for fresh perspectives, so as long as you can demonstrate how your attitude and other abilities might make up for any gaps we would welcome your application!

Jagex are an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.

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