Software Engineer - Gameplay

Atomic Theory

Cardiff, Wales, UK

Full Time

Please note that this is a hybrid position with a mixture of in-office and home-based working. 

Part of the Rocket Science Group, Atomic Theory comprises a multinational team of seasoned AAA veterans with roots extending from Blizzard, PUBG, Epic, and Unity. We have a track record of delivering player-centric, AAA-quality experiences, and we're unwavering in our commitment to performance, accessibility, and the meticulous attention to the engineering tools and frameworks that underpin exceptional gameplay.

But Atomic Theory is also more than just a studio; for us, it's a sanctuary, a place where our diverse experiences can intersect and combine to carry our solutions to the next level. We're dedicated to aiding studios and publishers in navigating the toughest challenges across today's game development landscape -- and with offices in Albany, NY; Austin, TX; and Cardiff, UK, we thrive at the opportunity to Get Sh!t Done on a global scale. 

About the Role:

We’re looking for gameplay engineers to join our hardworking team! Crafting first-class player experiences is the core of our process; in this role, you'll be responsible for designing, implementing, and evolving robust technical solutions together with our partners to deliver creative gameplay that delights players around the world. Gameplay engineers should also relish the opportunity to collaborate across all development disciplines when bringing our partners' ideas to life, so excellent communication skills and the capacity to synthesize and augment your teammates' work are a must for success.

Our ideal candidates will have experience working within game development teams to create impactful player experiences, as well as a passion for games themselves.

What We Value:

  • 3+ years of programming experience with game engines (e.g., Unity, Unreal, proprietary).

  • Proficiency with C++ and strong math skills. 

  • Ability to design, implement, and maintain robust gameplay systems. 

  • Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external teams. 

  • Strong critical-thinking skills and the know-how to solve problems and debug programs.

  • Strong collaborative skills with a willingness to accept and respond to critical feedback. 

  • Capacity for self-motivation, the ability to work independently, and a strong work ethic.

You May Also Have:

  • Experience shipping one or more titles as an engineer. 

  • Experience leading the implementation of an impactful feature in a game.

  • Experience working with larger teams and/or collaborating on large projects.  

  • Experience collaborating with artists, animators, and designers to create player experiences.

What We Can Offer: 

  • Hybrid Working Arrangement: Our office in Cardiff is located right in City Centre, just a couple minutes away from the Cardiff Central Train Station! As a member of our team, you’ll have the flexibility to work at home and collaborate with your fellow engineers in person.  

  • Competitive Salary and Benefits Package: Your health and wellbeing is important to us, so we offer a variety of benefits including: 

    • Private Pension via Salary Sacrifice

    • Optional Private Medical, Dental, and Vision Coverage

    • Annual Leave, Plus Bank Holidays and Winter Break Office Closure

  • Annual Research Credit: We always encourage personal growth, so we provide all of our team members with an annual credit to further enhance your skills!

  • Professional Development: We offer biannual reviews, as well as opportunities to collaborate across disciplines, internal tech talks, and the chance to learn from specialists with backgrounds from across the games and software development industries. 

  • Work-Life Balance: We really believe that home life comes first and we promote a flexible working environment. And as an added bonus: We don’t crunch! 

  • Office Perks: In addition to everything above, we also provide: 

    • Weekly Team Lunches

    • Snacks, Including the Good (Yorkshire) Tea

    • Fully Equipped Team Lounge, Including our Favourite Consoles and Games

    • And, most importantly, a supportive and creative working environment made up of talented and friendly people, as well as the opportunity to work on some pretty cool games and projects – if we do say so ourselves!

A Friendly Note from the Recruitment Team:

Let us do the work for you: Even if your profile isn't an exact match for all of the qualifications listed above, we still want you to apply. Our team members come from a variety of different industries, not all of which are immediately relevant to game or software development, and we welcome all candidates of similarly varied backgrounds, communities, and identities.

Rocket Science is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing a worry-free workplace void of discrimination or harassment. Rocket Scientists are expected to foster and champion an environment in which everyone has the opportunity to feel included and is afforded the respect and dignity they deserve.

Rocket Science does not accept unsolicited résumés from recruiters, employment agencies, or staffing firms.