Improbable • UK

Technical Director – Backend Services

Employment type:  Full time

Remote-first

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

Job Description

The Multiplayer Group (MPG) are 300 developers and data scientists, helping our clients and partners build 20+ AAA projects at any one time. We’re probably the most experienced multiplayer dev group in the world and we’re set up to help the games industry make games more easily, to deliver the highest quality, and become long-term partners.
We hire the best people, our talented team is spread across the globe. We’re remote-friendly and big on wellbeing, so if you love the sound of us, we’d love to hear from you!
Your mission:
You will oversee project technology, advise internal and external stakeholders on backend services, server technology and support the Lead and Senior Engineers to deliver backend solutions for our clients. Also, you will extract requirements, architect solutions, identify any risks and facilitate communication within the project team. You will be reporting into the Head of Engineering and aid them in technical decisions and discussions.
Please note this position is fully remote based in the UK 🇬🇧

What you'll be doing:

  • Head a team of Lead, Principal, Senior and non-Senior Engineers, with responsibility for performance management and development/pastoral care ensuring exceptional level of service to our clients
  • Support the CTO, VP of Engineering or Head of Engineering in technical discussions with clients on prospective projects
  • Provide support/input to the People Team on HR initiatives relating to the MPG People Plan
  • Communicate with stakeholders on projects to extract requirements and advise on solutions
  • Architect, design and implement functionality for clients
  • Continuously work to minimise technical, maintenance issues and mitigate risks
  • Champion quality in MPG and our clients development process

What we'll need from you:

  • Experience with architecture and operation of highly scalable backend systems
  • Experience shipping and operating live games (or products) as Lead Engineer
  • Experience with multiple programming languages with focus on backendsExperience with a range of databases and their trade offs
  • Experience with people management
  • Ability to create high level documentation, diagrams, designs, etc
  • Ability to advise leads & team members on technical and production matters
  • Ability to communicate with multiple stakeholders and prioritise work
  • Ability to set direction, consider tradeoffs and communicate priorities effectively
  • Excellent communicator with the ability to verbalise conceptual thoughts and the willingness to accept constructive critique
  • Attention to detail with a strong ability to analyse and comprehend direction

What would help:

  • Experience with architecture of backends for multiplayer games is highly desirable
  • Golang, Java, C#/.NET or Python experience is highly desirable
  • Experience with cloud platforms: Amazon AWS, Google Cloud or Microsoft Azure
  • Expert Database experience with both SQL and No SQL highly desirable
  • Understanding of and experience with orchestration
  • Experience with infrastructure as code tools, e.g. Terraform

Company benefits

Work from anywhere scheme – Almost every role is available as remote, hybrid or in-office. We have a great office in central London, but are equally happy if you’d prefer to work from home some or all of the time.
Unlimited annual leave
Health insurance
Dental coverage
Dog friendly office
Work from home allowance
Enhanced maternity leave – 26 weeks full pay + 13 weeks statutory maternity pay
Enhanced paternity leave – 4 weeks full pay
Shared parental leave
Pregnancy loss leave
Fertility treatment leave
Adoption leave
Enhanced sick pay
Enhanced WFH tools
Teambuilding days
Open to part time work for some roles
Wellbeing allowance
Compassionate leave
Mental health platform access
Women’s health leave
Time off in-lieu
Optional unpaid leave
Carer’s leave
In office massages
In office yoga classes
Commuter loan
Fully stocked snack cupboard
Meditation space
Cycle to work scheme
Life insurance
Annual pay rises
Interest free loans
Share options
Equity packages
Sabbaticals
Volunteer days
Personal development budgets
Relocation packages
L&D budget
Employee discounts
Financial coaching
Employee assistance programme
Skilled worker visas
Charity donation scheme
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Autonomy
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Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Working at Improbable

Office locations

Spitalfields, London (next to Liverpool Street Station)

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

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