Lead Engineer

Engineering Toronto, Ontario


Want to work on some of the biggest franchises in gaming? Certain Affinity, the largest independent video game developer in Austin, Texas, is opening a second location in Toronto, Canada — and we’re looking for exceptionally talented people to collaborate with our Austin studio. Together we’ll be co-developing AAA FPS games and creating our own compelling new IP.

Certain Affinity is looking to hire a Lead Engineer to lead a team of engineers 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 engineers 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 engineering team.
  • Hire and mentor less experienced engineers, 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 code bases
  • 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 engineers 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
  • Able to travel internationally

Extra Credit

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