Backend Developer

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June 19, 2024
Full Time
United Kingdom

We’re FuturLab, the award-winning game studio behind PowerWash Simulator, the Velocity series, Peaky Blinders Mastermind, and many more awesome games. 

We’re looking for a Backend Developer with 2-3 years experience in designing and implementing microservices, hosted in a cloud environment such as AWS or Azure. 

You’ll be working in a small agile team, along with a Frontend Developer and DevOps Engineer to create new features to support titles running on PC, VR and consoles. Get involved in the award-winning global hit PowerWash Simulator and other exciting new projects!


Role and Responsibilities: 

  • Working with the team lead to design, scope, and implement features in an agile, iterative release approach 
  • Collaborating closely with Frontend Developer to define API contracts, request/response models, etc. 
  • Building and maintaining CI/CD pipelines to manage deployments through development environments, and to production 
  • Monitoring and troubleshooting environments as and when issues arise 
  • Proactively seeking improvements to existing systems 
  • Sharing knowledge with team members, contributing to code reviews, and keeping documentation up to date and relevant 



  • Designing and implementing RESTful services at scale, written in Java, C#, Node.js, Go, etc. 
  • Experience working with Docker/Containers and orchestration tools like Kubernetes 
  • Unit and Load Testing for web applications (JMeter, k6, 
  • Working with SQL and NoSQL database types, and caching (i.e. Redis) 
  • Production level experience working with Cloud Providers (AWS, GCP, Azure) 
  • Building CI/CD pipelines and maintaining runners (GitLab, Jenkins, TeamCity) 
  • Designing and scaling event-driven systems 
  • Use of monitoring and alerting tools (Datadog, Prometheus, etc.)  



  • Experience with 3rd Party providers such as PlayFab, GameSparks, Heroic Labs, or Epic Online Services 
  • Experience with Infrastructure-as-code tools 
  • Experience working with Windows based development environments 



  • Competitive salary (dependent on experience)  
  • Performance related bonus.  
  • Bi-annual salary reviews based on your performance.  
  • Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm (No weekends, No overtime, No Crunch!)  
  • Opportunity to work from home (UK only), out of our Brighton office, or hybrid.  
  • 21 days annual leave + 9 Bank Holidays, which includes our very own FuturLab Bank Holiday!   
  • 2 Duvet Days. (No questions asked)   
  • Extra day off for your birthday.  
  • Studio closure over the Christmas period.  
  • 5 paid training and 2 paid volunteer days per year to work on your personal development.  
  • Opportunities to attend and speak at gaming events/conferences.   
  • Free MS Game Pass or PS+ subscription  
  • Free game codes, game swag and merchandise.  
  • Bike2work scheme.  
  • Enhanced Maternity - 9 months full pay (statutory benefit topped up by FL)  
  • Paternity leave - 8 weeks full pay  
  • Enhanced Sick Pay.  
  • Enhanced Pension.  
  • Private Healthcare, includes dental and optical cover.  
  • Remote therapy service through Spill -8 x 50-minute virtual sessions over 6 months whenever you need them. Unlimited ‘ask a therapist’ text questions.  
  • Eye tests & standard glasses for display work.  
  • Amazing offices with a great culture. E.g. Regular social activities, Free fresh fruit, Free iced treats in the Summer and Free locally roasted, Small Batch Coffee and Speciality Teas!  


FuturLab foster an inclusive and welcoming culture, check out the Life at FuturLab page for reasons why you’d love working here!   

If you have the skills, experience and passion for the role then please get in touch as we’d love to hear from you!  


To Apply:

Complete the application form and attach your latest CV and cover letter/portfolio link.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process as required, please add any adjustment requests to your application.    

Candidates without a valid UK work Visa cannot be considered. 


Hi, we're FuturLab! We are an award-winning video game studio based in Brighton, UK. We believe that happy, healthy teams make great games, so we take a people-first, no-crunch approach to development.

We’re best known for our critically acclaimed Velocity series and, of course, our super-soothing hit PowerWash Simulator, which has set us on a path of pioneering games designed to soothe and satisfy.

We’ve been creating unique gaming experiences since 2003. From humble beginnings creating flash games as a two-person outfit to the over 100-strong team we have today, we’ve grown alongside the industry and are proud to be a part of the UK’s gaming heritage.


Why FuturLab?

FuturLab began as an ambitious duo working out of a living room. 20 years and 5 offices later, we’re now a 100-strong, remote-friendly studio with a sunny HQ in Brighton. Whilst we’ve grown in numbers, we’ve tenaciously defended the close-knit, collaborative feeling of a small studio, at the same time, using our successes to invest in new ways to improve the lives of our team, both inside and outside of work.

From art to programming to marketing - and everything in between – FuturLab is home to some of the most talented creatives in the industry. We value skill, humility and kindness – so we’re a friendly bunch too! We look for these same traits in any potential newcomers.

Whether stationed at home or from FuturLab HQ, we all work within the studio hours of 9am-5pm to make collaboration as easy as possible. We are a proud no-crunch studio, so, come 5pm, we down tools and enjoy life outside of work.

Featured Game

Release the Pressure with PowerWash Simulator! Wash away your worries with the soothing sounds of high-pressure water. Fire up your power washer and blast away every speck of dirt and grime you can find, all with the simple satisfaction of power-washing to a sparkling finish.

Peaky Blinders: Mastermind is a puzzle-adventure game, based on the multi-award-winning TV show. Become the Mastermind as you control key characters and pull off perfectly synchronised plans.

Velocity 2X, was launched in 2014 and quickly became our biggest game to date. We won numerous awards for Velocity 2X including Best Arcade Game 2014 (TIGA awards), Vita Game of the year 2014 (GameSpot) and Indie Game of the Year 2014 (TheSixthAxis).

Velocity 2X received over a million downloads on the PlayStation 4 in its first year and, before PowerWash Simulator, it was the game to put FuturLab on the map.

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