Lead Programmer

Helsinki 00100 Finland
22 days ago

We are looking for a Lead Programmer for our next big game!


As a Lead Programmer of the talented and passionate programming team behind RETURNAL you will work closely with programmers and project leadership, and also with other disciplines to help drive the next step in the evolution of Housemarque games.

It will be your role to ensure cohesion and quality across the codebase, take part in facilitating professional growth among the programming team, and champion the technical vision of the project. Your programming responsibilities will be tailored to match your skills and interests.

What responsibilities does the role include?

What will help you to be successful in this role?

These can further add to your success:

Examples of things you'd be doing on a typical work day

On a typical day as a Lead Programmer at Housemarque, you might be having a regular one-on-one with one of your programmers, cultivating your trust-based relationship and following up on any discussion topics from last time. You will be reviewing programmer applications as part of a hiring team. As part of our effort to grow the programming craft at Housemarque, you might prepare to talk about and engage others in a programming topic.

In a peaceful moment, you will spend some time programming a feature that you know is important but not urgent. You will get it done eventually but you know you can't commit to a tight schedule due to the nature of lead work. Because you want to lead by example, you also concentrate on writing a thoughtful review of a piece of your colleague's code.

To ensure that your teammates have meaningful things to work on also in the next sprint, you participate in some work planning together with the producer of your team. You provide insights in the subject matter while they bring in the production view.

Occasionally you engage in casual chat at the office with your teammates about code and life in general. Some of the interesting conversation happens also over lunch in any of the multiple lunch restaurants that downtown Helsinki can offer.


At Housemarque, we believe " Game is King! " because gameplay always comes first.

With technical excellence and compelling narrative, spiced with our trademark neon flair and top-notch audiovisual feedback, we want our players to always feel actively engaged with the worlds we have created for them.

Our latest Award-Winning game Returnal , released on PS5 in 2021, embraces all these qualities. THIS is our DNA!

We value Nordic work-life balance by growing sustainably and ensuring our employees have the time and means to develop personally and professionally during work time.

We were established in 1995 with strong roots in the Finnish demoscene . In June 2021 we joined the PlayStation Studios , after years of partnership.

If you wish to join us for our next journey, apply today!

What we offer to you?

This is a permanent, full-time position based in Helsinki, Finland.

We will start interviewing promising candidates immediately so please apply as soon as possible.

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