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Lead Programmer

The goal at XR Games is to be the best developer of VR titles in the world.


Founded in 2017, XR Games is a multi award-winning virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) game development studio with over 100 members of staff. We make games that provide 3D virtual experiences for players to navigate, explore, and have fun in.


We work closely with Sony Pictures to bring movie licences to life in VR as well as working with the world’s largest publishers and hardware manufacturers such as Meta, PlayStation, Microsoft, and more!


Following the success and critical acclaim of projects such as Zombieland: Headshot Fever, we are now working on multiple high-profile projects with recognisable IP’s & licences as we continue to grow and invest in our future.


The Role

We are looking for a Lead Programmer to assume overall responsibility for an exciting VR project. Reporting to the Head of Programming you will be responsible for growing and managing a team of programmers as well as being a key point of contact for the client.


Your Accountabilities


  • Project Leadership - Overseeing the programming team, co-ordinating their efforts and ensuring the project progresses according to the defined timeline. You will provide technical guidance, make key decisions and drive the project to completion.


  • Management - You will have line management responsibility for the programmers on your project and will be expected to help develop their skills and careers as well as the project. You will also play an important role in the recruitment of new programmers for the team.


  • Client Management - You will act as one of the primary points of contact for client interactions where you will be able to address any technical queries or concerns.


  • Resource Planning - Assessing the project requirements you will be able to allocate resources effectively and ensure your team has the right tools, technology and talent to deliver. You will work closely with production and HR to optimise the resources available.


Are you the right person?


The right person for this role will already have significant experience in a lead role and will have shipped multiple projects in a lead programer capacity. Your experience should mostly be working on projects with a C++ / Unreal Engine tech stack and you should be able to demonstrate your team leadership/management capabilities.


Our Values - Creative / Reliable / Problem Solver / Collaborative / Positive / Authentic

Our culture values are the DNA of what makes a good XR Games Employee. Throughout the interview process our team will be seeking evidence of these values in your personality, behaviour & experiences and will be taken into account alongside your work experience, skills and knowledge when it comes to hiring decisions.

Core Competencies:

  • Deep C++ coding experience

  • Good experience with Unreal Engine

  • Experienced with porting projects

  • Strong decision making skills

  • Strong leadership skills

  • Strong commercial understanding


At XR Games hybrid & flexible working is standard, we have a blended team who could be based in our Leeds HQ or remote around the world depending on the role. For this role to be successful, we will require the person to have a regular presence in the studio and therefore being 100% remote is not a possibility. We can and will assist financially with relocation for those looking to do so as well as sponsoring visas too.


Package Includes;

  • 25 days holiday (plus Bank Holidays)

  • +1 extra birthday holiday

  • Flexible start time – work when works best for you! 

  • Access to Currys Tech Scheme

  • Access to a Private Healthcare plan

  • State of the art office facility – complete with a fully equipped bar, gym, pool table, multiple games rooms, high spec kitchen areas with breakfast provided…

  • UK relocation financial assistance 

  • Regular employee socials such as game launch parties, Game Jams and more

  • Free game codes for our latest titles 

  • Total 8% shared contribution pension 

Have you made it this far?

If you’re still reading, we think there’s a strong chance you might be our kind of person.


Here’s the thing, though — research suggests that 60% of women and underrepresented folks might have already talked themselves out of applying. Even if you don’t check every box above, we want to encourage you to introduce yourself. 


We believe a diversity of perspectives and experiences makes a team stronger — and the stronger our team, the closer we are to developing the best VR games possible.

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