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Kwalee

Junior Tools Programmer

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Kwalee
πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Royal Leamington Spa

Kwalee is an expanding, independent mobile games developer and publisher based in the beautiful town of Leamington Spa, England, within the area known as Silicon Spa where over 3,000 game developers work.

Kwalee is one of the world's fastest growing studios and has rapidly become the largest hyper-casual publisher in the UK. Thanks to hit games including Draw it, Looper, Jetpack Jump, Shootout 3D, Go Fish!, Plank! and Rocket Sky, Kwalee has hundreds of millions of players across the globe, placing us within the top 5 mobile developers worldwide.

The company was founded in 2011 by David Darling CBE - awarded by the Queen, co-founder of Codemasters and comprises of a highly skilled and creative team that has doubled its size in the last year. The team includes many industry veterans and the original creator of the Micro Machines video games (yes, you read well, we have celebrities here!).

As a Junior Tools Programmer you are the vital link between the server and the other teams, you could save hours of manual data-entry with a script, help raise ongoing issues requiring new server features, and assist in the automation of anything data-driven.

You love all things server but also like helping others. The server team has many channels of communication with other teams, from people confirming processes with us, to some needing data migrations, your role would be to manage these requests alongside building backend features.

What you tell your friends you do

β€œI’m the hero of the day, when actually I only needed to fix one line of code”

What you will really be doing

  • Contributing to the design and architecture of our servers using Python with Flask deployed on AWS EC2 Servers.
  • Implementing server features to robustly support millions of mobile game players.
  • You’ll be working with a worldwide multi cluster Couchbase and Elasticsearch database.
  • Interfacing with other teams on any server-related issues affecting them.

How you will be doing this

  • You’ll be part of an agile, multidisciplinary and creative team and work closely with them to coordinate efforts and get the best results.
  • You’ll think creatively and will be motivated by challenges and constantly striving for the best.
  • You’ll work with cutting edge technology, if you need software or hardware to get the job done efficiently, you can get it

Team

Our talented team is our signature. We have a highly creative atmosphere with around 60 staff where you’ll have the opportunity to contribute daily to important technical decisions. You’ll work within an extremely experienced and passionate team, including David Darling and the creator of the Micro Machines video games.

Skills and requirements

  • A proven track record of writing high quality database and program code for servers with Python. We are considering different levels of experience (from several months to years).
  • The ability to write quick scripts to accelerate manual tasks.
  • Knowledge of NoSQL databases (Couchbase, MongoDB, Cassandra, Memcache,etc.) could be useful but it’s not mandatory.
  • Knowledge of Unix, Linux or equivalent development environments
  • Some experience in game development would be a plus, although it’s not necessary.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • An avid interest in either console, PC or mobile games.

We offer

  • We want everyone involved in our games to share our success, that’s why we have a generous team profit sharing scheme from day 1 of employment
  • In addition to a competitive salary we also contribute to your pension, offer private medical cover and life assurance
  • Creative Wednesdays! (Complete freedom to design and make your own games every Wednesday)
  • Gym including free membership
  • 25 days of paid holidays plus bank holidays
  • Free snacks, fruit and drinks
  • Monthly employee awards
  • Quarterly team building days - work hard, play hard!

Our philosophy

We firmly believe in creativity and innovation and that a fundamental requirement for a successful and happy company is having the right mix of individuals. With the right people in the right environment anything and everything is possible.