Lead Programmer

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November 11, 2020
Full Time
London, UK

We’re looking for an experienced programmer to join our studio and work on the next game in the Monument Valley series. As Lead Programmer, you will help guide the technical development of our games from inception to delivery. This role is responsible for making extraordinary products by promoting great collaboration between disciplines and ensuring overall engineering quality.


  • You will look after one project and manage direct reports on this project.
  • Initially work with a small team (of 4-5) to initiate and bring ideas to life for the project.
  • As part of project leadership, you will be collectively responsible for quality of the product and efficiency of the whole team (up to 10 people).
  • Lead the programming team on your project (up to 4 programmers), help plan and guide programming work
  • Collaborate with other leads on the project to help make design decisions that take into account technical cost and risk.
  • Line-manage other programmers, mentoring and supporting personal development within the team.
  • Ensure code quality and good working practices are developed and maintained
  • Own technical decision-making, building a codebase that can be iterated during development and is performant and maintainable after release.
  • Lead by example: write code, do code reviews, collaborate with designers and artists.
  • Guide engineering work from the very beginning of the project, from initial prototype to post-release support. Change approach to suit different stages of the project.


  • Strong background in the games industry with Unity experience
  • People management experience within multi-disciplinary teams
  • Worked on released titles on mobile platforms
  • Broad knowledge of game development, spanning both the technical and creative areas of production

What we can offer you

An inclusive work environment with a commitment to your growth and development. We offer benefits such as 5% pension, private medical care, weekly yoga classes, monthly massages, a dedicated training budget, flexible working days (with staggered start and finish times), regular working from home and lots more.

About us

We’re a mobile games studio that loves to make interactive entertainment which challenges the medium, with a strong focus on user experience and elegance in presentation. From our BAFTA award-winning hit Monument Valley, to innovative virtual reality experience Land’s End, we hope our dedication to craft and platform specific design shows in every product we create.

We are a people centric organisation aiming to make a positive impact in the world. And we believe that the best way to do it is by fostering true diversity of thought and a commitment to creating a workplace where people of every race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical ability or attribute and religious belief feels included, is appreciated for who they are and can have the space to thrive and grow.

Work at ustwo games

We’re still a relatively small team, but our aspirations are pretty huge. We’re always looking to challenge ourselves in the types of games we make, and in the audiences we try to reach, and in order to succeed in meeting those challenges, we want the best possible team mates to join us!

Our team already contains a diverse mixture of individuals from across the games industry, and other creative fields such as animation, illustration and digital product design. It’s this diverse mix of voices and experiences that encourages us to think about games in non-traditional ways, and also makes sure our social calendar is pretty eclectic!

We welcome applications from both within and outside the games industry, and offer a range of employee benefits.


Monument Valley is a surreal exploration through fantastical architecture and impossible geometry. The player guides the silent princess Ida through mysterious monuments, to uncover hidden paths, unfold optical illusions and outsmart the enigmatic Crow People.

Following the success of Monument Valley came a completely new story set in the same fantastical universe. Monument Valley 2 tells the tale of a mother and child as they embark on a journey of discovery. The game allows the player to assist Ro as she teaches her child about the mysteries of the valley, exploring stunning environments and manipulating architecture to guide them on their way.

The Monument Valley series has changed the gaming landscape on mobile and has helped encourage creators to make something that is short, poetic and beautiful. A new generation of gamers are influenced by this success, and are experiencing these new, exciting and perfectly formed stories and experiences for the first time.

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