Lead Programmer

Alpha Channel Games
Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6K 3E3 CA
13 days ago

Join our vibrant team at Alpha Channel Inc., an imaginative force in game development, and play a pivotal role as our Lead Programmer. This is not just another job; it's a chance to leave your mark in the gaming world. You'll lead, develop, and maintain our entire technical stack and programming team, bringing groundbreaking games from concept to reality.

What You'll Do:

- Lead and Inspire: Drive and manage our diverse programming teams. Foster unity in project development and ensure that everyone is aligned with our vision.

- Solve Complex Challenges: Address technical hurdles within our game engine. Your expertise will enhance load times, optimize memory utilization, and elevate overall performance.

- Bring Ideas to Life: Transform creative visions into playable realities. Your technical insight will be crucial in shaping our games.

- Equip Your Team: Define and provide essential technical resources. Your leadership will ensure the team has everything needed to succeed.

- Mentor and Grow Talent: Share your knowledge with junior programmers. Cultivate a strong technical foundation and encourage innovation.

- Navigate Risks: Be proactive in identifying development risks and devising solutions to overcome them.

- Be the Expert: Deep dive into our game, be it through gameplay or design discussions. Your input will be vital in shaping our future hits.

- Balance and Prioritize: Work within production constraints to effectively scope and prioritize tasks.

Your Qualifications:

- Proven Experience: 8+ years in game development, with at least one AAA title under your belt.

- Technical Expertise: Proficient in C++, C#, GIT, & Perforce. Familiarity with CI/CD systems.

- Communication Skills: Excellent at articulating ideas and working collaboratively.

- Autonomous Worker: Thrive independently and take initiative.

- Mentorship Passion: Eager to guide and uplift junior developers.

- Performance-Driven: Focused on developing high-performing code.


- Experience with Unreal Engine 4/5.

- Development experience for modern PCs and consoles.

- Proficiency in performance and memory profiling.

- Leadership experience in small to medium tech teams.

- Familiarity with JIRA.

Why Alpha Channel?

- Innovative Culture: Join a team where creativity and technology meet.
- Growth Opportunities: Enhance your skills and advance your career with us.
- Collaborative Environment: Work with passionate humans who love what they do.
- Visionary Project: Dive into beautifully realized worlds, rich with history and driven by player emergent design.
- Veteran Leadership: Learn from and grow with a team of veteran AAA developers committed to doing things differently.
- Creative Freedom: Enjoy the ability to innovate and bring imaginative solutions to life in an environment that values originality.

Don't meet all the requirements?

We care more about outcomes than ticking boxes, and we know the perfect person for the role often has a CV that's a little different. We warmly encourage individuals from all backgrounds to apply for this position.

Research shows that women and neurodivergent individuals are particularly less likely to apply if they don't meet all the criteria in a job listing. If you're second-guessing yourself, we encourage you to get in touch anyway.

We value diverse minds and the unique perspectives you bring, understanding that the true potential often lies beyond conventional criteria.

Please let us know if you require any accommodations during the application or interview process, as we are committed to providing an inclusive and supportive experience for all applicants.

How can we support you?

We want to set you up for success and make our recruitment process as accessible as possible for you. In your application, feel free to let us know if you need anything to make your experience or environment more comfortable. We'll do our best to support you.

Need convincing?

We are incredibly grateful to be recognized as a GI.biz Best Place to Work, 2023. To have achieved this so early on in our journey is a testament to the team and our collective contributions to our culture.

As a small studio, we set out to do game dev differently and so to win this award gives us such a sense of pride.

We are excited for the future of the studio and to continue sharing our creative projects.

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