• Lead/Senior UI Programmer - SUMO SHEFFIELD

  • About Sumo

    Sumo Digital is one of the UK's most prolific and secure independent game developers with a talented team spread across 4 Studios; Sheffield, Nottingham, Newcastle and Pune, India. It’s an exciting time to be part of Sumo; we are growing across all our studios to support a very bright and busy future.


    We have a host of well known partners that we work with including Microsoft, Sega, Sony Disney and many more. Working alongside them our previous 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 title Snake Pass (multi-platform). 


    Looking down the road we have several exciting but unannounced projects that we are working on (all very hush hush!), but we can share that we are incredibly proud to be working on the highly anticipated Crackdown 3 (Xbox One), Dead Island 2 (multi-platform), Project Nova (PC) and Team Sonic Racing (multi-platform).


    Here at Sumo we are planning for big things. Don’t miss out. Join us.

    Role and Purpose

    This is an unmissable opportunity for an experienced Lead/Senior Programmer to lead the UI team on a flagship AAA franchise title currently in development at our Sheffield studio.


    Undoubtedly a key hire for this project; and presenting a career defining opportunity to make a real impact on one of the most exciting games currently being made in the UK.


    Want to know more? Please call Rebecca Askham on +44 (0)7810 354116 or email baskham@sumo-digital.com 


    Anticipated start date: Q3 2018 (with some flexibility)


    • Provide Leadership, support and direction to the project UI programming team
    • Work closely with UI artists and designers to implement, modify and debug UI features in both C++ and scripts
    • Collaborate with other internal departments (Art, Design, Audio, QA, etc...)
    • Profile and optimise UI performance and troubleshoot UI issues
    • Improve and extend game UI framework as needed
    • Create and extend UI tools as appropriate
    • Mentor more junior UI programmers

    Skills Experience and Qualifications


    • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent training and professional experience
    • Extensive experience working in the game industry with at least one shipped title in a UI role
    • Strong C++ programming skills
    • Excellent communication skills and ability to lead and manage a team
    • Experience developing on consoles (PlayStation, Xbox)
    • Current engine experience (UE4 Slate/UMG, Unity, etc...)
    • Experience with localisation systems


    • Tool development experience in C# or scripting languages
    • Experience with UI middleware (XAML, Scaleform)
    • Client/server architecture experience
    • REST API experience
    • Experience developing custom UI solutions and frameworks

    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! The Sheffield studio has undergone a transformational refurb and now has a huge social area, funky decor and on site cafe 'Milestones' serving fresh home cooked food. 


    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.

    The Sheffield studio is located 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.

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