Senior Server Engineer - Star Wars IP

Engineering London, London

NaturalMotion’s Action Strategy Group (ASG) is a BAFTA-nominated team developing an exciting new Star Wars™ game, running live operations on Dawn of Titans and developing a third unannounced game, all from our London studio. 

We are a tight-knit team, with a sociable culture and a strong team identity whilst being able to experience all the benefits that come from being part of NaturalMotion and Zynga. The team crafts world-leading, mid-core games on a foundation of trust and camaraderie.

In 2018 & 2019, NaturalMotion Studios were named one of the Best Places to Work in the UK games industry by


We are looking for an experienced senior server engineer to join our world-class team. The ideal candidate will have a passion for large-scale high-availability systems, a devotion to software craftsmanship, an unwavering commitment to quality, and the desire to have their work seen by tens of millions of people worldwide

Key Roles & Responsibilities:

  • 5+ years of professional experience in infrastructure development for mobile and/or web applications
  • Able to work collaboratively with engineering, design, user experience, product and analytics teams to identify needs, evaluate requirements, write software specifications and design, and implement sophisticated software solutions
  • Writes well designed, efficient and testable code with one or more Object Oriented languages (Java, Go, PHP 7 are some of the languages we use) and their associated frameworks
  • Able to work on multi-week long tasks and actively contributes towards the tech plan for the ASG server team
  • Able to communicate with key partners and colleagues

Experience Required:

  • Experience in AWS and have a deep understanding of their product offering
  • You are an authority on Kubernetes and building scalable distributed Microservices
  • Familiar with Infrastructure monitoring, error budgets and destructive testing
  • Experience of IaC (Must have used any of Terraform, ansible, chef, puppet previously)
  • Familiar with declarative build pipelines
  • You are familiar with security best methodology including IAM roles, service accounts and the principle of ‘least privilege’
  • Familiar with DDOS prevention, backdoor attacks and system integrity
  • Have knowledge of memory/performance optimisation, extremely large scale applications and be able to factor cost/budget considerations into your design
  • You are an advocate for making data informed system design decisions

Nice to haves:

  • Do you have experience working in the games industry?
  • Do you have a passion for strategy games?
  • Proficiency in Linux
  • Experience deploying to other cloud providers such as GCP

What do we offer?

  • Competitive salary, discretionary annual bonus scheme and Zynga stock allowance
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • 25 days holiday, plus public holidays and Christmas shutdown
  • Private medical care and healthcare cash plan
  • Life insurance and critical illness insurance
  • Flexible working hours
  • Free fruit, snacks & soft drinks provided daily
  • Annual season ticket loan and cycle to work scheme
  • Summer and Christmas parties

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We will consider all qualified job-seekers with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.

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