Project Technical Director

Programming | New Project

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced Technical Director 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.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for keeping an engineering team healthy, productive, and guided in the right direction. This position’s primary responsibility will be to provide technical direction, mentorship, and guidance for the team of engineers that builds the game.

This is a unique opportunity to craft and build a new, diverse, and modern engineering team which embodies engineering excellence and forward-thinking management practices. You will have an understanding of how to balance technical concerns, with the needs of the game and business, to deliver a long running franchise providing clear technical vision.

Key Responsibilities

As Technical Director, you will be taking responsibility for the technical aspect of building and developing a new team. Initially working with a core team and subsequently growing and building technical, and leadership, expertise to support growth in line with delivery requirement of the game.

On a day-day basis, you will:
  • Provide technical direction, mentorship, and guidance to the technical part of our team
  • Guide the team into successful Leads, Principles, and future Directors
  • Work closely with production staff and other Directors to establish technical tasks and manage schedule requirements
  • Establish, promote, and apply the core values of the team
  • Represent the engineering team in regular Management and Business-review meetings
  • Rally the technical team into a single unified direction that supports the future of the game.
You will review and oversee completed engineering tasks in collaboration with the production staff, other leads, and directors. In the role of Technical Director, you will be using your commercially proven coding skills and expertise to help improving our existing gameplay and craft new and compelling features for future titles.

Collaborating and problem-solving with the wider game development team on the project - designers, programmers, artists, brand managers and testers - to bring suggestions from an idea to a released feature. You will be expected to work with and create unity and respect between all disciplines working on the project.

Knowledge, Skill and Experience

Essential
  • Significant previous experience leading engineering teams
  • Experience using Unreal Engine
  • Proven professional C++ programming experience and thorough knowledge of software design practices
  • In depth understanding of the technical challenges involved in taking a game from concept through to release
  • Desire to work in a collaborative environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to enable effective collaboration across the project
  • Enthusiastic about modern development techniques.
Desirable
  • Experience of fast iteration prototyping
  • Experience of Agile practices
  • Experience in DevOps and CI/CD related technologies and mindset
  • Avid gamer.


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 five 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 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.