Lead Engine 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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What we need:

Smilegate Barcelona is seeking an experienced Senior / Lead Engine Programmer to lead a team of highly skilled engine 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 high and low level - capable of hands-on work as well as leader and mentor to your team.
  • A strong understanding of Unreal engine and how to expand it.
  • Understanding of all game engine systems to work with and discuss needs from other departments and generate cost-effective pipelines.
  • A deep desire to build up a world class Engine 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 and Level Design team to define the best coding processes that balances rapid iteration with stability.
    • Be the representative and champion for Engine coding team to all other parties.
  • Coordinate Engine coders establishing code guidelines, code structure and performance budgets.
    • Communicate with console manufacturers to understand and get the best of the latest generation hardware.
    • Continuously monitor the performance of all game systems.
  • Help build up a world class Engine Programming team by being involved in interviewing and hiring process.
    • Be the mentor, guide and leader of your team of handpicked coders.
    • Provide meaningful feedback 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 Engine programmer.
  • 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 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.
  • During the Covid time, the company is paying employee´s lunch through our catering services. Post Covid we will offer Ticket restaurant.  
  • Sanitas private Health insurance. In this policy you will have included Dental coverage  and Antigen Covid test free (2 test per 30 days until April). 
  • Wise Corner Session. 
  • Nespresso coffee, organic fruit and other beverages
  • Company parties and events
  • Fridays beers
  • Relocation Package and work permit support (when needed)
  • Special tax Regime support (taxation of 24% Spanish )

We usually respond within a week

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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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