Senior Gameplay Programmer

Programming | New Project

This is an excellent opportunity for a passionate, and experienced Gameplay Programmer, to join the team behind Total War, Alien: Isolation and Halo Wars 2, to create unforgettable game experiences on a new project. Our studios are based in Horsham, West Sussex.

Working with the team, you will look to produce efficient and effective solutions to engineering problems, building on top of Unreal Engine.

Key Responsibilities 

As a Senior Gameplay Programmer, you will be working with a cross-functional team of programmers, designers, artists, QA, and brand. Using your technical expertise, you will work collaboratively with design to engineer the creative vision and provide alternative solutions in the face of technical limitations.

On a day-to-day basis, you will:
  • Use your commercially proven coding skills and expertise to develop gameplay within the Unreal Engine
  • Maintain, help enforce and champion engineering standards across the programming team
  • Be involved in reviewing existing implementations, and gameplay ideas, and be proactive in suggesting new ways to create engaging experience for the player. The early stages of each project will involve fast iteration of ideas and prototyping
  • Be an active participant in helping determine the most efficient way of proving or disproving gameplay loops
  • Collaborate and problem-solve with the wider game development team on the project (designers, programmers, artists, brand managers and testers) to bring features from conception to reality
  • At all stages of development, consider function in a live environment and the importance of test. 
Knowledge, Skill and Experience 

  • Experience in using Unreal Engine on a full development cycle
  • Extensive Professional C++ programming experience
  • Desire to work in a collaborative environment
  • Self-directed and focussed attitude
  • Pragmatic approach to problem solving
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to enable effective collaboration across the project
  • Enthusiastic about modern development techniques.
  • Knowledge of Unreal Engine
  • Development experience across the following is useful to have, but can be taught to the right candidates
    • Experience of fast iteration prototyping
    • Experience of Agile practices
    • Experience in DevOps and CI/CD related technologies
  • Experience of mentorship and leading people (In a professional or non-professional capacity).

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.

Flexible working at Creative Assembly includes hybrid, fully remote 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.

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 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.