Senior to Principal Gameplay Programmer

Programming | Total War

The Role

We have an excellent opportunity for a passionate game developer to join our Total War team as a Senior, or Principal Gameplay Programmer. This role will be based at our headquarters in Horsham, in the heart of West Sussex.

You will be working as a key member of the code team on our next unannounced Total War title. In this role, you will be able to make a real impact on our game. You will bring your knowledge and experience to help push the boundaries of our game by collaborating with the wider development team, striving to make our titles better than ever before.

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 currently of 4 days a week in our Horsham studio.  This role cannot offer fully remote working.  Further details can be discussed during the recruitment process.

What you’ll be doing

As a highly experienced Programmer, you will be working closely with your peers, using your excellent coding skills and expertise to improve our existing gameplay and craft new and compelling features for future Total War titles. 

On a day-to-day basis, you will:
  • Build and maintain well-engineered C++ code with high levels of stability and performance
  • Use your experience to solve challenging problems, from designing and building entirely new systems to refactoring features to be performant, maintainable and extensible
  • Work together with the design team to help define the technical design of new game features
  • Strive for technical excellence in our codebase and collaborate with your teammates to encourage and uphold high standards across the team
  • Help to drive the technical roadmap of our future titles.
What we are looking for
  • Multiple years of games industry experience – ideally including experience of a complete game development lifecycle from pre-production, through to post-release support
  • Excellent C++ programming skillset, with knowledge of the latest language features
  • Ability to write clean, maintainable, extensible and portable code
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Self-motivated with a drive to improve yourself and others
  • A desire to collaborate closely with other disciplines
  • Passion and interest in games and game development.
Optional Extras
  • Cross-platform development experience
  • Graphics programming experience
  • Experience of leading the technical direction of a commercial game project – contributing to the architectural design and planning features
  • Experience working in a large codebase
  • Broad gaming experience and a sense for good game design
  • An avid gamer, ideally strategy games.

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. 

We have studio locations across Horsham, UK in Newcastle, UK and Sofia, Bulgaria. These include 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. 

Note to Recruitment Agencies: SEGA Europe Limited and our studios do not accept unsolicited candidate introductions from unauthorised third parties. For the avoidance of doubt, SEGA Europe is not liable for any fees, compensation or any other costs associated with the introduction of a candidate or recruitment services unless and until an agreement has been duly executed. Further details can be found here.