VFX Graphics Programmer

Programming | Total War

We have a fantastic opportunity for an individual who has a real passion for VFX, to join our development team working on exciting new projects in our Total War franchise. This role will be based at our studio in Horsham, West Sussex.

This is a great opportunity to contribute to a new core technology initiative. Working as a VFX Programmer in our VFX team alongside our experienced graphics team, you will have the opportunity to leverage the latest rendering techniques to push forward the look and feel of our games.

You will work collaboratively with several teams, bringing a creative mindset to question the limits of graphics programming and make a real contribution to the player experience on a world-leading strategy game franchise.

Flexible working at Creative Assembly includes hybrid, fully remote within country of employment for eligible roles, and in-studio. We recognise that there is no one-size-fits-all approach and empower our teams to define the working patterns which work best for them, which may mean different things for different teams and roles and at different times.

This role is Hybrid and has an expectation of at least 1 day per week in our Horsham studio. This role cannot offer fully remote working. Further details can be discussed during the recruitment process.

Key Responsibilities 

On a day-to-day basis, you will:
  • Research and implement state-of-the-art VFX related technologies
  • Have an opportunity to dive deep into our in-house Total War graphics engine and drive your own passion of VFX on both engine and editor sides
  • Work on a high-performance system that will not only push your knowledge on GPU/CPU optimizations and game graphics programming, but also include design, implementation, debugging and documentation. 
Collaboration and open communication are the main aspects behind our success as a team as you will be working closely with VFX Artists and Game teams on solving problems and implementing new features.

Knowledge, Skill and Experience

  • Passionate about in-Game VFX development, particle-based simulation, and various simulation techniques presenting nature phenomenal
  • Understand the application of SM5.0 Compute shader or equivalent
  • A good understanding of DirectX 11 (or equivalent) rendering pipeline
  • Comfortable with C++ developing environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Love of games.
  • Be able to demonstrate GPU Particle based simulation/rendering techniques
  • High performance system, multi-threaded / multi-core development experience
  • Familiar with DirectX 12, Vulkan or equivalent API
  • Good communication skills; both written and verbal
  • Enjoy playing RTS games or thorough appreciation of the Total War franchise.

About Creative Assembly

It’s an exciting time to be a part of our craft-led studio as we push boundaries, creating deep and detailed experiences that last. 

Our teams are diverse from across the world, from trainees to industry veterans who constantly challenge us and make sure we are striving for the best within our games and our studio life. We are united through our shared values of Quality, Focus, Teamwork, Respect and Trust and we win awards for our culture and our people-centric approach, having won a Best Place to Work Award for six consecutive years. We invest in our people, the studio, and our projects. We are a company that’s secure and safe – you don’t need to worry about job security at CA.

We’ll give you the creative freedom, tools, support, and development to achieve your potential. 

Our studios are based in Horsham, UK and Sofia, Bulgaria, including several bespoke state-of-the-art audio suites and a dedicated motion capture facility. 

We offer many benefits to support you and your family including:
  • Flexible working: hybrid, fully remote within country of employment for eligible roles, and in-studio working

  • Work from Anywhere for a temporary period each year (restrictions apply such as VISAs)

  • Enhanced holiday allowance, maternity and paternity breaks, flexibility with our core hours, and no-notice holidays

  • Bespoke relocation package for you and your dependents, with support throughout the process from our dedicated Relocation Specialists

  • Private medical and dental insurance, life insurance, permanent health insurance, critical illness cover and free health care screening

  • Generous holiday allowance plus full studio closure over the Christmas and New Year period, and all UK Bank holidays

  • Annual discretionary studio bonus

  • Join our award-winning education and social responsibility programme; the Legacy Project, as an industry ambassador to mentor and educate others

  • Defined career development pathways and personalised training support including SEGA Dev Day, internal masterclasses, prestigious creative workshops, on-site training with renowned specialists and global conference attendance

  • Opportunity to join our Diversity and Inclusion Network – an employee-led group

  • Season ticket travel loans and cycle to work scheme with free bike servicing and discounted car valet service on site

  • Free games and merchandise plus access to our extensive games library

  • Free breakfast in the studio every day - toast, bagels, pancakes, cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruit, smoothies, juices, milkshakes and more in our fully stocked kitchen

  • Wellbeing support with an employee assistance programme and onsite confidential sessions

  • In-studio heavily subsidised massage therapy

  • Discounts for home technology, travel insurance, corporate gym membership, cinema tickets, holidays, trips out and Ikea vouchers, and many local businesses including estate agents

  • Studio parties for you and your family; such as our Summer Festival, Christmas Party plus a separate Children’s Christmas Party. We also have Cinema days and wrap parties for game releases

  • Studio community activities such as life drawing, creative writing, Pilates, Walking Challenges, Couch to 5k, basketball, game and movie evenings, board game club, 5-a-side football, CA Choir, Sword fighting (yes, sword fighting) and loads more.
Our studio sites have disabled access. We are an equal opportunities employer and encourage 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.