Senior Generalist Games Programmer

Clever Plays
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November 13, 2023
Full Time
Montreal, QC

We are looking for an experienced generalist programmer to share all of the programming tasks with the rest of the team, including but not limited to gameplay, UI, AI, network, integration, tooling, and debugging. As a senior, the candidate would be assigned a larger proportion of architectural and pipeline tasks, as well as finding the solution to various technical challenges, and would play a significant role in making sure the team delivers the game as expected.



Day-to-day programming tasks - 60 % OF ROLE

  • Contribute to a safe, friendly and productive work environment 
  • Lead choices of technologies, tools, pipelines, code structures and methodologies, and implement their technological solutions 
  • Develop gameplay features of many kinds
  • Create UI
  • Consult and collaborate with designers and artists during interdisciplinary tasks
  • Fix bugs
  • Ensure code quality with frequent testing and peer reviewing
  • Help manage versioning system and builds
  • Help with technical support and maintenance within the team


Management and development - 20% OF ROLE

  • Participate in project planning
  • Contribute to task management, including task estimation, delivery and post-mortem
  • Help ensure code integrity and quality throughout the team
  • Research technical requirements and constraints for our projects
  • Acquire knowledge on current programming techniques and technologies
  • Continuously develop one’s skills
  • Take charge of R&D reports


2.3 Teamwork and communication - 20% OF ROLE 

  • Share knowledge and know-how with other team members
  • Understand the objectives of the art, sound and design departments
  • Participate in inter-disciplinary meetings
  • Contribute to problem solving at the studio level
  • Contribute constructive feedback and ideas about our games during development



Necessary characteristics

  • Training: University degree in programming or equivalent
  • Experience: 7+ years of game programming
  • Having worked on at least one 3D game targeting Steam, Xbox and/or PlayStation


Other requirements / knowledge

  • Experience with:
    • code architecture
    • algorithms
    • optimization
  • Deep knowledge of Unity and C#
  • Familiarity with the mathematics of video games
  • Must understand French clearly, not necessarily speak it
  • Must be comfortable with a work day that starts at 9am


Not necessary, but valuable experience

  • Experience in rendering pipelines, DOTS, procedural animation, AI or porting
  • Experience in team/project management
  • To have done game jams or personal game projects
  • Basis in game design


Intangible criteria 

  • Strong capacity for technical problem solving
  • Jack of all trades attitude with resourcefulness
  • Ability to work for the benefit of the game, not just for the code
  • Autonomous and having initiative
  • Likes to learn and to stay up to date
  • Likes teamwork and knows how to communicate
  • Organized and punctual
  • Contributes to a pleasant work environment
  • Passionate about indie games



  • We’re passionate people working on games we're proud of
  • We’re a very small team, meaning everyone has a large impact on the games
  • No crunch, but if punctual overtime must occur, it is fully compensated in time or salary
  • Planned time for skill development
  • 4 weeks of vacation a year
  • Hybrid model, with 3 days at the downtown Montreal office, and 2 days at home
  • Transparent and solid management that cares and values the long term
  • Women, men, non-binary welcome; we implement a safe space for everyone
  • A bilingual (FR/EN) work environment



  • Job Position: Generalist programmer
  • Direct manager: Producer
  • Update: 2023-11-09
  • Number of employees under his/her responsibility: 0
  • Salary: Competitive salary for an indie studio and advantages



Come live the indie experience with us! Please send us an email with your resume.

Clever Plays

Clever Plays is an independent studio located in Montréal and founded in 2013. We develop video games for PC and console gamers. Our catalog includes Leap of Fate, a cyberpunk roguelite, and Operation: Tango, a multiple award-winning espionage co-op game. We are currently working on two new games, including an open-world tactical-RPG.

Creative statement: Our game development journey is never bound by convention or genre. We tackle ideas that challenge us so we can deliver bold and memorable experiences to our players. Forever curious. Always creative. We are Clever Plays.

As a workplace, Clever Plays’ values are respect, collaboration and quality.

Clever Plays also has a sister-company: the marketing agency Indie Angels, which provides marketing support to other indie studios and to ourselves, thus ensuring that Clever Plays’ games benefit from great strategy and discoverability.

Featured Game

Operation: Tango is an espionage-themed cooperative adventure challenging you and a friend to complete dangerous missions across the globe in a high-tech near-future world. As an exclusive team of two, you and your partner will become AGENT and HACKER, working in tandem to bring a high-tech global menace to its knees. With only your voice to link you, teamwork is crucial, and communication is key!

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