Unity Programmer

About Sumo Leamington

Established in 2019, Sumo Leamington is led by a team of industry veterans with a wealth of experience in the games industry.

With three core specialisms: service-based games, free to play titles and mobile, the team at Sumo Leamington are focussed on creating games which players keep coming back to – day after day, year after year.

As winners of the TIGA Star Employment Award for 2021, recipients of the GI Biz 2020 Best Places to Work Award and listed as one of the UK’s 100 Best Large Companies to Work for in 2021, Sumo Digital has enjoyed 18 years of stability and growth since its formation in 2003 and continues to strive for excellence across every single project. 

The team at Sumo Leamington is growing, and we’re looking for the industry’s brightest stars to help bring a series of incredible projects to life.

We’re looking for Unity programmers at all experience levels to join the Sumo Leamington development studio, working on the exciting games we have in development. All of Sumo Leamington’s games are developed using the Unity engine plus a host of other technologies. Some projects are PC & Steam titles, and other projects are for mobile platforms.
We are seeking programmers who are passionate about game development, high quality engineering, and have experience of any area or areas of game development using Unity – whether it’s gameplay, UI, network & server programming, or some other aspect of modern videogame development. Maybe you’ve been responsible for programming everything on a game on smaller projects!

We would love to have a chat with you to learn about what areas of game development interest and excite you, and have a conversation about how Sumo can help you gain new experiences, grow your skills, and realise your career ambitions.

Sumo Leamington is a remote-first studio, which means your place of work will usually be at home, but you may occasionally be required to come on-site to our incredible new office, right in the town centre of beautiful Leamington Spa.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Implement game features to a high technical standard using Unity & C#. This may sometimes also include writing Unity Editor tools for other developers to use
  • Team-work is vital - Work with other development disciplines, such as design, art and animation (and more), to build a clear picture of requirements for the project feature you’re tasked to work on, so you and your colleagues can deliver game polished features which delight our players
  • Learn any new technologies, languages and technical skills as necessary to deliver the features you’re working on
  • Participate in Team planning & Agile processes
  • Participate in Code Reviews
  • Use version control to commit your work to
  • Fixing bugs which have been discovered and logged by our QA teams
  • Use Confluence, or other relevant document creation tools, to create & maintain technical documentation.
  • Essential Experience & Skills

  • 2 years or more of programming experience in the games industry
  • At least 2 years using Unity engine and C#
  • At least 1 shipped video-game title
  • Demonstrate ability to learn new languages and technologies to adapt to requirements
  • Debugging code on various platforms
  • Code profiling and optimisation experience. (Unity profiler experience is desirable).
  • Strong understanding of Git
  • Understanding of branching policies & Pull-Request workflow
  • Reviewing code, providing constructive feedback and suggestions for code improvements
  • Task tracking systems, such as Jira, Azure DevOps, Trello, or something similar
  • Strong technical documentation skills
  • Planning milestones and deliverables for a programming team, breaking down working into smaller tasks, and estimating how long tasks will take

  • Other experience which would be useful, but is not essential

  • Games as a Service – have you worked on games with a long lifespan which are updated regularly with new levels and content, new game modes, and other ongoing improvements?
  • Benefits of working at SUMO Leamington Spa

  • Remote first with occasional visits to the office for team members who are able to travel to the office.
  • We provide all our developers with top-of-the-range development hardware
  • Monthly Studio-wide Learning Day, where everyone can learn new skills which are relevant to their role.
  • Work with an incredibly friendly & diverse team.
  • A great work/life balance, Sumo Leamington has a zero-crunch policy.
  • Many great perks, including regular social events, both IRL (in Leamington Spa) & online (e.g. quiz nights & Escape Rooms).
  • What We Offer:

    ·               Annual Bonus & Annual Salary Reviews
    ·               Electric Car Scheme
    ·               Salary Sacrifice Pension Scheme
    ·               Flexible Working  
    ·               27 Days Holiday, including your birthday a duvet day and Christmas
    ·               Holiday ‘buy and sell’ scheme
    ·               Access to 4,000 Udemy Courses, The Gnomen Workshop, GDC Vault and more
    ·               Enhanced Mat/Paternity & Adoption pay
    ·               Free Life Assurance - 4x Salary
    ·               Free Income Protection Scheme -up to 75%
    ·               Free Dental Insurance
    ·               Supportive Employee Assistance Programme with confidential 24/7/365 helpline & app
    ·               Access remote GP, Mental Health, Physio appointments & medical second opinions
    ·               Additional flexible benefits scheme
    ·               Cycle to Work Scheme
    ·               Mental Health First Aiders
    ·               Payroll Giving Scheme
    ·               Game & Book Libraries
    ·               Long service & project completion awards
    ·               Wrap Parties
    ·               Alternative Travel Prize Draw
    ·               The Sumo GameJam
    ·               Great family events
    ·               Studio clubs, inc. running, board games, film…
    ·               Life Drawing
    ·               Yoga Classes
    ·               Free fruit and drinks
    ·               Employee Referral Bonus     
    ·               Career Development      

     Where do we stand on diversity?

    At Sumo, we want to enable everyone to bring their full, authentic selves to work every single day. We acknowledge that the games industry is far from perfect and a global organisation with people all over the world, from all kinds of backgrounds, we know it’s part of our duty to provide everyone at Sumo with a safe, accepting and affirming working environment.
    We encourage and welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

    More about Sumo Leamington:

    Sumo Leamington is situated just outside of the town centre and was recently awarded the Games Industry BIZ Best Diversity Award – a testament to its ongoing commitment to creating a home for everyone. The Studio features many onsite facilities  – everything needed for the team to create the world’s best games!
    Ranked the happiest town to live in two official polls, Leamington Spa is a hidden gem nestled amongst the stunning countryside of Warwickshire and remains a hotspot for talented individuals and creative minds within the games industry.  Those living in Leamington Spa can enjoy:

    o   Local attractions such as Jepson Gardens and the Royal Pump Rooms
    o   A rich and diverse culture
    o   An expansive history and stunning architecture
    o   Picturesque scenery, outstanding gardens and walking routes
    o   Beautiful museums and galleries

    More about Sumo Digital:

    Sumo Digital is an award-winning international family of studios. Recent releases from Sumo Digital studios include: BAFTA-Award winning Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Hood: Outlaws & Legends, Control Ultimate Edition on Google Stadia, Apple Arcade Award-winning Little Orpheus, Hot Shot Racing, WST Snooker and Spyder.

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