• Senior Programmer - SUMO SHEFFIELD

  • About Sumo

    Sumo Digital is one of the UK's most prolific and secure independent game developers with a talented team of over 290 staff currently based in Sheffield. A second UK studio in Nottingham opened in March 2016 and has rapidly grown to a 50+ strong team with many fantastic new opportunities on the horizon.


    Since our inception in 2003 we have had a string of successful titles across all gaming platforms for partners that include Microsoft, SEGA, Sony, Disney and many more.


    Our most recent successes include Forza Horizon 2 (Xbox 360), LittleBigPlanet 3 (PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3), Disney Infinity 3.0 Toy Box Speedway (multi-platform), and our first self-published titleSnake Pass (multi-platform). We are also incredibly proud to be working on the highly anticipated Crackdown 3 (Xbox One), Dead Island 2 (multi-platform) and Project Nova plus several other exciting but currently unannounced projects.

    2017 will be Sumo’s biggest and best year ever. Come and be part of it.

    Role and Purpose

    We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Senior Programmer to join the Sumo Sheffield teams to assist with development of existing console and Windows based projects. 




    • Work with the code team and production to achieve the highest possible quality product
    • Assist with planning and direction of the work of the code team
    • Mentor more junior members of the code team

    Skills Experience and Qualifications

    Knowledge Requirements: 

    • Proficiency 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
    • Excellent debugging and optimisation skills
    • Practical experience with 3D math
    • Worked on at least 2 shipped games
    • Experience with asset pipelines dealing with large scale data sets
    • Experience working on at least one large scale game project


    Demonstrated Ability To: 

    • Communicate effectively within a large multidisciplinary group project environment
    • Think critically, and apply analytical skills in resolving complex issues
    • Find and fix complex bugs in any area of the project
    • High personal standards as demonstrated in quality and pride of work
    • Create and own complex systems from start to finish
    • Author technical designs and best practices
    • Quickly master tools and development processes
    • Able to take direction and criticism
    • Plan work and meet deadlines designated for team projects
    • Professionalism and the ability to function well within a team
    • Mentor less experienced programmers
    • Self-motivated

    What We Offer

    We offer a super benefits package including generous holidays, flexitime and excellent employee benefits. Further perks include our legendary annual Sumo Big Day Out, plus epic Christmas parties, money on your birthday, on site free gym and free fruit for everyone! Our new, regular studio Game Jams are a highlight - staff spend a full day developing and pitching their own game ideas for possible development by Sumo.

    Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built upon the basis of every team member having the opportunity to shine and have a realisable input into the games we create. We are a very happy ship with lots of incredibly nice people that partake in shared interest groups, lunchtime clubs, charity fundraising events and lots of socialising.

    We are proud to be located in Sheffield, just off J34 of the M1 offering easy road and rail access from Leeds, Manchester and the Midlands. Sheffield itself enjoys wealth of facilities including world class sporting facilities, stunning theatres and galleries, shopping, restaurants and incredible parks and green spaces - all on the doorstep of the beautiful Peak District National Park. We love it here.

    Please apply via the Apply Now button or click Email this job to a friend to refer someone you know.

    For a confidential chat about this role please call our Recruitment Team on +44 (0)114 2426766.


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