Technical Director

Technical Director

Aiming to create best-in-class experiences that last forever in players memories, a team of Game Industry veterans is building a new AAA Open World game studio in Barcelona.

What we need:

Smilegate Barcelona is seeking an experienced Technical Director to lead a team of highly skilled programmers to perform in the most effective way, fostering a culture that balances productivity, innovation, learning and healthy communication. 

We are looking for someone with:

  • The ability to operate at a high and low levels. Capable of hands-on work as well as leader and mentor to your team.
  • A very strong understanding of the Unreal Engine and how to expand it, including its hidden limitations.
  • Understanding of all game engine systems needed for an open world AAA.
  • A deep desire to build up a world-class AAA team.

What the role involves:

Working hand in hand with all other departments to identify specific needs and build a structure that supports rapid prototyping while keeping code stability in the long term.

  • Coordinate with QA, Build Engineers, Gameplay, and Engine coders to define the best coding processes that balance rapid iteration with stability.
  • Champion excellence in programming practices, review code, and help architecting the most complex systems.
  • Communicate with console manufacturers to understand and get the best of the latest generation hardware.
  • Continuously monitor the performance of all game systems.
  • Coordinate Engine coders establishing code guidelines, code structure, and performance budgets.
  • Help build up a world-class Programming team by being involved in the interviewing and hiring process.
  • Be the mentor, guide, and leader of your team of handpicked coders.
  • Provide meaningful feedback to your team through team meetings, 1on1 sessions, and 360 feedback.
  • Be on top of the personal development goals of your coders, making sure there is always a healthy environment that fosters learning.

Role requirements:

  • Excellent track record - credited on at least 2 shipped AAA games either as Lead Engine programmer or Technical Director.
  • Experience and deep working knowledge on building Game Engine components.
  • Unreal Engine working experience in a modern console environment.
  • Innovative thinker with creative problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary, iterative environment.
  • Ability to lead and delegate as required.


  • 23 vacation days per year + Christmas Holiday (From Dec 24 ~ Jan 1) 
  • Flexible Working Hours & Flexible Friday.
  •  Restaurant Tickets:  approx 180 € per month (2.160€/year).
  • Private Health insurance including dental coverage.
  • Breakfast in the Office.
  • Company parties and events.
  • Relocation package and VISA support. 
  • Friday beers and the most important....very nice SmileMates 


Are you ready to join our Smile-family? We are already excited to have you! 


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Why join us?

We offer you an excellent place to work in the center of Barcelona, well communicated in a sunny office. We will keep you engaged and motivated. You will be part of the next AAA open world game and you will enjoy the process.

But let's go to the details:

  • Medical Insurance

    Smilegate will cover you with our medical plan.

  • Office perks

    Weekly fresh fruit, tasty coffee, and other office daily needs.

  • More benefits incoming

    Stay tuned! We're working to get an amazing welcome pack for our new joiners.

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