Tools & Automation Programmer (Full Stack, Javascript)

Programming Stratford (London)/Remote (possible), United Kingdom


Tools & Automation Programmer (Full Stack, Javascript)

Position Overview

We are looking for a developer to assume ownership of various systems that are used to receive data on a backend and running it through a pipeline to be put into our products. Such systems include our game test system for automated test coverage across our products, our in-house translation system that integrates with MemoQ and used by more than 70 translators worldwide for all our products, as well as other systems and many opportunities for new ones to support and improve the studio’s overall workflow, pipelines and productivity.

Our technology is built using Javascript (Node.js) and runs on Azure. We are looking for a driven and committed individual to come and hit the ground running. This is a hands-on role in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, and you will be expected to spearhead the direction of these systems going forward, identifying all requirements and implement solutions using modern technologies.

You will report to our Technical Director and work closely with all the various teams across the studio, and you are able to communicate well with non-technical stakeholders such as producers and designers.

For this role we are looking for a mid-level or senior, with excellent opportunities for progression and taking ownership of this role and grow a team around the discipline of automated testing and other critical services within the studio.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work closely with all teams in the studio to identify and understand needs and requirements, and design and implement systems to meet these.
  • Maintain and improve tools and systems that manage data running through a pipeline from backends all the way to becoming assets used in our projects and products.
  • Analyse and fix bugs in these systems as identified by yourself and other users of such systems internally.
  • Work with a wide range of technologies from command line tools through GUI tools, websites and databases.
  • Keep up to date with latest innovation in the industry and identify improvements for the future.

Knowledge, Skill and Experience

  • Excellent knowledge and experience of full stack and Javascript.
  • Experience with full stack website development.
  • Some experience of one or more shell languages, such as Powershell or Bash.
  • Some experience of C++, C#, Python or similar is beneficial.
  • Some experience with relational databases such as Microsoft SQL Server or MySQL. Knowledge of NoSQL is beneficial.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Dynamic and adaptable to existing and new technologies, working across different domains.
  • A passion for full backend-to-frontend systems and solutions to implement data and asset from source to final product.
  • Great interpersonal and team communication skills and ability to work in a team as well as independently.

Studio Overview

Sports Interactive (SI) is an ambitious development studio creating immersive sports management simulations. Since 1994, we’ve captivated a global pool of players with our iconic, BAFTA award-winning game, Football Manager. We’re a wholly owned subsidiary of SEGA having caught their attention in 2006 with our continuous critical and commercial success.

We’re a tenacious community, coming together at the Here East technology hub in Stratford, East London. Always expanding, the SI team takes on the gaming genre through a diverse array of disciplines. But no matter how big we dream, we keep our approach (and your schedule) flexible, creating a relaxed atmosphere where collaboration can thrive.

Working Here

We approach everything with passion, whether that’s making our mark on the gaming and football industries or doing our bit for the world around us. We want to share that outlook with everyone who shows up to work here each day. 

We like our talent tenacious, so you can expect to surround yourself with other ambitious individuals bringing their A-game to many different disciplines. We know collaboration is the key to constantly topping our best, and encourage our people to fiercely realise their own personal potential.

We believe everyone matters, no matter which part of the business you’re in. Above all else, we’re a team. A team with a down-to-earth dynamic, that works and plays together. We have fun doing what we do; one of the many reasons we’re one of the best places to work in the UK games business ( 2021 Large studio category).

And if you want a work/life balance, we’re behind you. Because while we live to create extraordinary games, we know that’s not all you’ve got going on. You can trust that we always keep things in perspective, fostering an environment where work can be more than just a job.

Our flexible working culture gives team members the responsibility to optimise their workloads, with in-office, hybrid and remote working options. Even in countries where we don’t directly employ*, we’ll even explore what’s possible via third parties and do our best to accommodate location preferences.

And when you’re not here making the world’s best management games, there’s a top-class benefits package for permanent team members based in the UK, including gym membership, private health, and dental care, plus many more perks. For those permanent team members outside of the UK, we strive to offer equivalent and localised benefits.  We’re also a London Living Wage employer and proudly boast one of the lowest staff turnover rates in the industry.

*We’re able to directly employ in the UK, Ireland, France, Sweden and Finland.

Inclusivity Matters
We’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from any relevant candidate irrespective of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion, or belief. Our studio has disabled access and facilities.

This job description is an accurate reflection of the duties and responsibilities of the post as at the time of writing but will be changed from time to time as the job is a career development job which will be adjusted according to the progress of the job holder.  It does not form part of the contract of employment.