Senior Software Engineer

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This role is a part of the UK government's Kickstart Scheme and is only applicable to 16 to 24-year-olds in the UK who are not in education and are currently claiming Universal Credit. Click here to view more Kickstart placement opportunities.

September 29, 2021
Full Time
Chicago or Orlando

Diversity matters at Iron Galaxy. Every day, our team strives to build an inclusive environment where all voices are equal. We encourage people from every heritage, lifestyle, or background to apply.

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This position is available in Chicago, IL, or Orlando, FL with relocation options for out-of-state applicants.

Iron Galaxy is looking for experienced Senior Programmers to join our world-class engineering team. Senior Programmers at Iron Galaxy work on a wide variety of projects, including creating new games from the ground up, co-developing games with partners, and porting existing games to new platforms. Our projects tend to have shorter development cycles; it’s not uncommon for a programmer to work on more than one project in a year. We’ve found that this helps keep things fresh and provides opportunities to utilize experience gained from previous projects.

As a Senior Programmer, you will be expected to take ownership of significant features and systems, debug difficult problems, and provide guidance and feedback to help your teammates grow. You should be comfortable navigating an unfamiliar codebase. While you may have one or more areas of expertise, you aren’t afraid to venture into other domains. In addition to your technical skills, you should have strong communication skills, and work well with diverse cross-functional teams. Responsibilities vary based on the project, and we will also aim to place you on projects that play to your strengths while also giving you room to grow. Here are some examples of what a Senior Programmer might be expected to do.


  • Provide feedback in code reviews
  • Identify performance bottlenecks and possible solutions
  • Create a technical design document for a new system
  • Review a game design document for a feature and provide feedback
  • Implement low-level subsystems for a new platform
  • Work with an evaluation team to provide information for a project bid
  • Ensure adherence to platform compliance requirements

Here’s our wish list for the ideal Senior Software Engineer at Iron Galaxy. If you possess many or most of these qualities, you may very well be the one we’re looking for!

  • Significant experience at a game studio (any size)
  • Deep understanding of C/C++
  • Strong debugging skills
  • Development experience on at least one game console
  • Able to adapt to new codebases and platforms
  • Passion for personal development and mentoring others


  • Medical (HDHP and PPO) Outstanding coverage: Includes a plan that covers employee + dependents at no cost
  • Health Savings Account Contributions made by the studio
  • Dental 100% paid for by the studio
  • Vision 100% paid for by the studio
  • 401K Generous company matching
  • Short Term & Long Term Disability Disability insurance options available
  • Group Life Insurance & AD&D Company paid life insurance
  • Voluntary Life and AD&D Employee paid life insurance options
  • Pet Insurance Two types of affordable pet coverage
  • Legal and ID Protection Legal advice service and Identity Theft protection
  • Parking and Transit Commuter Benefits Employee paid pre-tax parking and transit options
  • Paid Time Off Flexible bank for time off (vacation, sick, personal).
  • Holidays 13 company holidays, 6 days off for Winter Break
  • Birthday A floating holiday to use in the month of your birthday
  • Volunteer Day Paid time off for volunteer work
  • Mental Health Days Paid time off for mental health‍
  • Recovery Leave Paid time off for post-birth recovery
  • Bonding Leave Paid time off for new parents for births and adoption
  • Employee Assistance Program Free 24/7 counseling service

COVID Safety Notice: Iron Galaxy employees can elect to work from home until March of 2022. This policy extends to hires between now and then. Any equipment that you might need for projects will be shipped to you directly.

Iron Galaxy Studios (video game company, United States) - Glitchwave video  games database


Iron Galaxy is one of the world’s largest independent video game developers with 60+ shipped titles. Our people combine their talents to create amazing ports, epic remasters, and new experiences from the ground up. We partner with the biggest companies in the gaming industry to co-develop and support AAA game making at the highest level. At Iron Galaxy Studios, we champion a healthy work-life balance, continuous improvement, and support a diverse culture for all employees.


By joining our team, you can explore the limits of your imagination while gaining experience on a wide range of game development projects. From AAA Nintendo Switch ports, to original IP development, Iron Galaxy employees have the unique opportunity to work on all kinds of projects across a variety of genres and styles.

Our engineers, artists, designers, producers, QA staff, audio designers and operations team bring years of experience to the table, and are always eager to learn more. With both seasoned game industry veterans and developers just getting their start in the industry, the Iron Galaxy team is always working our hardest to improve year after year.

At Iron Galaxy, we ask everyone to put in their best 8 hours per day. Simply put, you won’t be crunching with 80-hour work weeks here. We believe that work-life balance is crucial at Iron Galaxy, and we’re committed to working in a “no crunch” type of environment.


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