Lead UI Programmer – Cambridge, UK

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Lead UI Programmer

Frontier Developments – Cambridge, UK

A bad user interface can ruin an otherwise great game, all because they frustrate the customer and provide a barrier to entry. Even the best gameplay can be forgotten if you’re forced to navigate an infuriating inventory menu. 

It’s easy to be seduced by stunning graphics, but when it comes to the gamer’s experience, that’s not what makes or breaks the package. If you’re a UI developer, you get this stuff. You know your craft inside and out.

We’re looking for someone like you to build a new team for Frontier. The studio are a major UK developer, responsible for titles such as Elite Dangerous, Jurassic World Evolution, and Planet Coaster. All of which have brilliant UI.

As the Lead UI Programmer, you’ll already have worked on other complex titles. You should have experience of handling multiple projects and deadlines, whilst managing expectations, getting the best out of the people around you.

If you’re looking to take your first steps into a leadership role, this could be your chance! You’ll get the opportunity to set the direction, while giving your team the freedom to decide how best to get things done.

You’ll work hard to make sure your team are fully empowered to make the best use of their skills, making sure work meets the standards set by stakeholders.

Although you’ll spend lots of your time managing people, this is also a technical development role. You'll need good C++ skills in your own arsenal, but we're sure this won't be a problem for someone as talented as you. 

If you’re capable within C#, Python, Java, and/or Lua, then that's great too! Console/PC experience is a must.

As a developer, this is a place where you can make some serious career moves. Set in Cambridge Science Park, Frontier have been influencing the games industry for decades, defining entire genres with their own “Cobra” technology.

Named one of the UK’s best places to work in 2018 by gamesindustry.biz – here’s a snippet of what Frontier’s “Total Reward Statement” has to offer:

  • 25 days annual leave
  • Private health insurance
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Health cash plan
  • Bicycle servicing
  • Regular parties and social events
  • A sharesave scheme (with tax benefits)
  • Flexitime
  • Relocation assistance

This state-of-the-art office is shiny and new, with off-road parking and easy access from all surrounding areas. There’s also an on-site canteen, with free fruit and water for when you need a little boost!

Don’t worry if your profile or CV aren’t ready just yet, we can sort that out later. I’m working exclusively on this role, so if you'd like to know more then just get in touch!

Email jordan@aswift.com or call +44 (0)1709 834777

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