Lead AI Programmer

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Smilegate Barcelona is seeking an experienced Senior / Lead AI Programmer to lead a team of highly skilled AI 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 strong understanding of how to transform design requests into NPC Behaviour.
  • Enough design knowledge to interface to design leads in complement and amplify their specs to become a fully workable system.
  • A deep desire to build up a world-class AI team.

What the role involves:

Working hand in hand with Lead Gameplay Programmer and Design Leads to build a structure that supports rapid prototyping while keeping code stability in the long term.

  • Coordinate with QA and Gameplay Lead to define the best coding environment that balances rapid iteration with stability.
    • Be the representative and champion for the AI coding team to all other parties.
  • Coordinate AI coders establishing code guidelines, quality goals and performance budgets.
    • Work hand in hand with the Combat, World and mission design teams to make sure they have the most efficient tools.
    • Analyze, validate and incorporate feedback from the team and external user testing.
  • Help build up a world-class AI 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, 1 on 1 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 Senior / Lead AI programmer.
  • Experience and deep working knowledge of gameplay and AI systems.
  • 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.
  • Strong understanding of development processes, workflows, and tools.
  • 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! 

We usually respond within a week

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!


Diagonal 409
08008 Barcelona Directions View page

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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