Lead Programmer

Programming Toronto, Ontario


Would you like to work on some of the biggest franchises in gaming? Certain Affinity, the largest independent video game developer in Austin, Texas, has opened a location in Toronto, Canada and we’re looking for exceptionally talented people to join us. Our Toronto studio will collaborate with our Austin location, and together we’ll be co-developing AAA FPS games and creating our own compelling new IP.

Certain Affinity is looking to hire a Lead Programmer to lead a team of programmers with passion, focus, and drive. This role will balance hands-on programming and managing people. Learn more about the specifics below. If this type of role is what you have been looking for, we would love to hear from you.


  • Lead a team of programmers at a variety of experience levels
  • Turn ambiguous technical requirements into well-defined tasks that are delivered on time
  • Collaborate with artists, designers, and producers to prioritize, schedule, and assign tasks to the programming team
  • Hire and mentor less experienced programmers, providing feedback and career growth and development opportunities
  • Lead by example; 50% hands-on programming, 50% people management
  • Facilitate team communication and collaboration
  • Help establish and evangelize departmental processes and best practices
  • Find efficient and creative solutions in existing codebases
  • Be responsible for your team’s network, memory, GPU and CPU footprint
  • Ability to drive cross-studio development


  • Experience leading a team of 4 or more programmers on a shipped title
  • Proficiency in reading and writing C/C++
  • 3+ years of professional programming experience
  • Excellent collaboration and communication skills
  • Creative, motivated, focused, passionate, and results-oriented
  • Familiarity with the core systems used by game features such as scripting, UI, rendering, animation, physics, and data pipelines
  • Comfortable working in a large established codebase
  • Able to complete complex tasks with minimal supervision
  • Must be willing and able to travel internationally
  • A desire to work in a diverse and inclusive environment
  • Passion for video games

Extra Credit

  • Console experience
  • Development experience in Unreal 4
  • Experience in C# and Python
  • Passion for multiplayer action games