Lead Game Programmer - Mobile Games

Game Programming Leamington Spa, United Kingdom


  • Job Title - Lead Game Programmer

  • Reports Into - Head of Programming

  • Location - Hybrid/ Leamington Spa

A Little Bit about Kwalee….

Kwalee is one of the world’s leading multiplatform game developers and publishers, with well over 1 billion downloads worldwide for mobile hits such as Draw It, Teacher Simulator, Let’s Be Cops 3D, Airport Security and Makeover Studio 3D. We also have a growing PC and Console team of incredible pedigree that is on the hunt for great new titles to join Scathe, Die by the Blade, Robobeat, Space Chef and Wildmender.

What’s In It For You?

  • Hybrid working - 3 days in the office, 2 days remote/ WFH is the norm

  • Flexible working hours - we trust you to choose how and when you work best

  • A dog friendly office (There’s dog-free areas too, if pooches aren’t your thing)

  • Profit sharing scheme - we win, you win 

  • Private medical cover - delivered through BUPA

  • Life Assurance - for long term peace of mind

  • On site gym - take care of yourself

  • Relocation support - available

  • VISA Sponsorship - available

  • Quarterly Team Building days - we’ve done Paintballing, Go Karting & even Ninja Warrior

  • Pitch and make your own games on Creative Wednesdays! 

  • Kwalee Artificial Intelligence (K.A.I) - win prizes for proposing useful AI initiatives

  • An amazingly well equipped office with ping pong, darts, pool tables and video games while keeping refreshed with free snacks and a stocked kitchen (we have every kind of milk imaginable)

Are You Up To The Challenge?

As a Lead Game Programmer you’ll be coding and developing hit mobile games as part of an experienced and successful team, as well as helping to develop and mentor more junior team mates.

Your Team Mates

Our game programming team are the people that bring life to all our games. They're experienced in developing Casual games and are in need of a Leader to help them consolidate and expand on their current know-how. They’re eager to learn from your Casual experience and they own their work fully.

You’ll be working closely with the Senior Producer and the leadership team on the project to create and deliver a reasonable and impactful roadmap.

What Does The Job Actually Involve?

  • Designing and writing high quality and reliable code for our games.

  • Using C# and Unity as the main technologies in your day to day work.

  • Reviewing and maintaining quality code.

  • Motivating your team to create engaging games.

  • Solving any challenges that might appear on the way.

Your Hard Skills

  • At least 5 years of experience in game development with C#.

  • Experience with Unity.

  • Experience leading a team.

  • Android / iOS / casual games development experience

  • Ability to derive and estimate tasks based on design documentation.

  • Experience with source control such as SVN, Git or Perforce

  • Understanding and appropriately implementing design patterns.

  • You have released at least one Casual Mobile game

  • You have experience in overseeing the development and release of LiveOps

  • Android build pipeline experience is highly appreciated

  • iOS development and release pipeline experience is a massive plus

  • RESTful experience would be a plus.

Your Soft Skills

Kwalee has grown fast in recent years but we’re very much a family of colleagues. We welcome people of all ages, races, colours, beliefs, sexual orientations, genders and circumstances, and all we ask is that you collaborate, work hard, ask questions and have fun with your team and colleagues. 

We don’t like egos or arrogance and we love playing games and celebrating success together. If that sounds like you, then please apply.

A Little More About Kwalee

Founded in 2011 by David Darling CBE, a key architect of the UK games industry who previously co-founded and led Codemasters, our team also includes legends such as Andrew Graham (creator of Micro Machines series) and Jason Falcus (programmer of classics including NBA Jam) alongside a growing and diverse team of global gaming experts.

Everyone contributes creatively to Kwalee’s success, with all employees eligible to pitch their own game ideas on Creative Wednesdays, and we’re proud to have built our success on this inclusive principle.

We have an amazing team of experts collaborating daily between our studios in Leamington Spa, Lisbon, Bangalore and Beijing, or on a remote basis from Turkey, Brazil, Cyprus, the Philippines and many more places around the world. We’ve recently acquired our first external studio, TicTales, which is based in France. 

We have a truly global team making games for a global audience, and it’s paying off: - Kwalee has been voted the Best Large Studio and Best Leadership Team at the TIGA Awards (Independent Game Developers’ Association) and our games have been downloaded in every country on earth - including Antarctica!