Senior AI Programmer

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.
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Smilegate Barcelona is seeking an experienced Senior AI Programmer to join a team of highly skilled coders. We are looking for an individual to foster a culture that balances productivity, innovation, learning and healthy communication.

We are looking for someone with:

  • The ability to code high-level systems to low-level performance tweaks in C/C++.
  • A strong understanding of how to transform NPC design into meaningful and working feature sets.
  • Good game design knowledge to complement and amplify design specs to create player-centric rewarding experiences.
  • A deep desire to be part of a brand new team and project.

What the role involves:

Working hand in hand with designers to build a structure to support rapid prototyping while keeping code stability in the long term.

  • Coordinate with engine coders to define the best programming environment for each development phase.
    • Be the representative and champion for AI code to all other parties.
    • Coordinate and complement work from AI and system designers.
  • Coordinate with the rest of AI and gameplay 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 and gameplay programming team by being involved in interviewing and hiring process.
    • Be a mentor for other coders to foster a continuous learning environment.
    • Provide meaningful feedback to your team through team meetings, 1 on 1 sessions, and 360 feedback.

Role requirements:

  • Excellent track record - credited on at least 1 shipped AAA games either as Senior or Lead AI programmer.
  • Experience and deep working knowledge of AI systems.
  • Unreal Engine working experience in a modern console environment is a plus.
  • Innovative thinker with creative problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary and iterative environment.
  • Strong understanding of development processes, workflows, and tools.


  • 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! 

Additional information

  • Remote status

    Flexible remote

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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