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Blackbird Interactive

Senior Engine Programmer (Optimization)

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Blackbird Interactive
🇨🇦 Vancouver, BC

Blackbird Interactive is a creative-fueled, future-driven, independent game studio where the best talent in the industry can find long-term careers to help grow their abilities while working on a wide range of projects, which encompass world-class IPs as well as our own creations across multiple genres.

In 2022, we announced that our studio is implementing a four-day work week as well as supporting in-studio, remote, and hybrid work arrangements as permanent options to our employees.

Senior Engine Programmer (Optimization)

Do you love working in low level code and optimizing game systems?

Blackbird Interactive is looking for a passionate and experienced programmer to join our team to be a key part of our engineering backbone working on an exciting and innovative IP. You will be part of a high performing team who can crunch ideas quickly and come up with dazzling solutions to challenging problems. You will have a collaborative approach and be directly involved in the day to day decision making and ship a high quality game.


  • Support and extend a modern C++ game engine on a variety of platforms.
  • Assess, plan, and assist in optimizations for CPU/GPU performance and memory usage.
  • Triage, and assist in fixing system crashes and TRC violations.
  • Assess requirements and provide development estimates to guide an evolving plan.
  • Embrace and improve our engineering practices for design, testing, and implementation.


  • 8+ years of game development on shipped products.
  • Strong understanding of modern C++.
  • Experience optimizing and debugging large codebases.
  • Strong interdisciplinary collaboration skills, including verbal and written skills.


  • Experience shipping AAA games on multiple platforms.
  • Experience with Unity 3D, Unreal, or other similar full-featured game engine.
  • Understanding of memory management systems, file systems, CPU/GPU profiling tools.
  • Demonstrated passion for games and technology.

Vacation & Extras

  • 4-day, 32-hour work week for all full-time staff
  • Mentorship program
  • Skunkworks internal game jam program
  • 20 paid vacation days per year
  • 10 paid stat holidays
  • 3 paid days per year for professional development
  • December holiday studio closure (extra paid time off!)
  • Comprehensive health/dental benefits from day 1
  • Life insurance
  • $300 Healthcare Spending Account per annum
  • RRSP matching up to $1500
  • Profit-sharing bonus program

If applying for an artistic role, please provide a link to your portfolio and/or demo reel.

Any questions about the role and/or accessibility requests can be sent to: [email protected]

Unfortunately, we cannot reply to everyone. Only successful applicants will be contacted about the next steps. Thank you for your understanding.

If you are interested in the role, please apply even if your experience and skills don’t perfectly match our ideal credentials. We are committed to inclusion and especially encourage members of historically marginalized communities to apply. As an equal opportunity employer we encourage applications from all qualified individuals. BBI does not discriminate against applicants based on gender, race, national and ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital and family status, and/or mental or physical disabilities.

Our work takes place on the stolen, unceded and traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.