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Maxis Studios

Technical Lead - C++ and or Python

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Maxis Studios
πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ Madrid

Requisition Number: 165994

Electronic Arts Inc. is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. EA delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and tablets.

At Maxis, we excel at outrageous thinking. It is the fuel that inspires the best games in the world. We are trailblazers and great storytellers. But it is not just about amazing your peers – it is about amazing yourself and our fans. Take risks. Work with dazzling minds and dare to dream big. Together, we can change the way millions play every day. The Sims 4 has an extremely unique player base, with 60% of our audience being women between the ages of 18-24. We are looking for someone with deep insights on how to create the best experience for our players.

The Sims 4 is looking to expand on providing a world-class experience for our players. As part of an initiative to provide broader coverage, we are looking to establish a distributed development team based in the EU region to complement our team in Redwood Shores CA, USA. We are looking for a strong Technical Lead to oversee tech planning and implementation of features/tools and to lead a team of cross-functional engineers.

As a Technical Lead, you will:

  • Work collaboratively with Technical Directors, Producers, Designers, Artists, and QV partners to determine technical requirements for features and systems.
  • Provide cost estimates and identify technical risks and potential mitigation plans based on high-level designs.
  • Help architect and develop technical solutions for features and systems.
  • Do hands development and debugging of features in C++ and Python.
  • Help the engineering team troubleshoot issues and provide day-to-day guidance as needed.
  • Review technical designs and provide code reviews to ensure that feature work is completed to quality and to specifications.
  • Work with other Sims 4 Technical Leads and Technical Directors to enforce coding standards and engineering best practices, monitor the quality and performance of the game, and make improvements to solve project-wide problems.
  • Coach and mentor the engineering team.
  • Facilitate communication between engineering teams at different locations.


Please note that you do not need to qualify for all requirements to be considered. We encourage you to apply if you can meet most of the requirements and are comfortable opening a dialog to be considered.

  • Bachelor/Master’s degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or related field.
  • 8+ years of software development experience in games or a related field.
  • Experience with C++, object-oriented design, and implementation.
  • Experience architecting and implementing complex game subsystems.
  • Experience with a AAA data-driven game engine, such as a commercial engine like Unreal/Unity or an internal one.
  • Excellent debugging skills and experience using tools to help debug.
  • Ability to work with internally and externally developed code in a collaborative fashion.
  • Strong communication skills.


  • Experience leading engineering teams and guiding other engineers through the development process.
  • Experience working with multiple areas within the game tech stack.
  • Experience developing & shipping large-scale AAA games or equivalent products.
  • Intermediate level knowledge of Python.
  • Mac & Gen 4 console development experience.
  • Experience with Live Services.

About EA

At Electronic Arts, we exist to Inspire the World to Play. We create extraordinary new game experiences for our millions of players everywhere by bringing together talented people that combine creativity, innovation, and passion. We know that our strength lies in the diversity of our people. We immerse our employees into an inclusive culture, and provide opportunities for learning and leading that allow them to do the most impactful and rewarding work of their careers. We put our people first. We provide comprehensive benefit packages with a focus on health and wellbeing to support your needs and help you balance your career and personal life. We provide access to dynamic and collaborative work environments, opportunities to connect and contribute through our Employee Resource Groups, and support for a balanced life with paid time off and maternity and paternity leave, plus free video games and so much more! Electronic Arts is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, religion, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, family status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Electronic Arts also makes workplace accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as required by applicable law.