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Lead AI Programmer

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🇪🇸 Barcelona

Smilegate Barcelona is seeking an experienced Senior / Lead AI Programmer to lead a team of highly skilled AI programmers to perform in the most effective way, fostering a culture that balances productivity, innovation learning and healthy communication.

We are looking for someone with:

  • The ability to operate at a high and low levels - capable of hands-on work as well as leader and mentor to your team.
  • A strong understanding of how to transform design requests into NPC Behaviour.
  • Enough design knowledge to interface to design leads in complement and amplify their specs to become a fully workable system.
  • A deep desire to build up a world-class AI team.

What the role involves:

  • Working hand in hand with Lead Gameplay Programmer and Design Leads to build a structure that supports rapid prototyping while keeping code stability in the long term.
  • Coordinate with QA and Gameplay Lead to define the best coding environment that balances rapid iteration with stability.
  • Be the representative and champion for the AI coding team to all other parties.
  • Coordinate AI coders establishing code guidelines, quality goals and performance budgets.
  • Work hand in hand with the Combat, World and mission design teams to make sure they have the most efficient tools.
  • Analyze, validate and incorporate feedback from the team and external user testing.
  • Help build up a world-class AI Programming team by being involved in the interviewing and hiring process.
  • Be the mentor, guide and leader of your team of handpicked coders.
  • Provide meaningful feedback to your team through team meetings, 1 on 1 sessions, and 360 feedback.
  • Be on top of the personal development goals of your coders, making sure there is always a healthy environment that fosters learning.

Role requirements:

  • Excellent track record - credited on at least 2 shipped AAA games either as Senior / Lead AI programmer.
  • Experience and deep working knowledge of gameplay and AI systems.
  • Unreal Engine working experience in a modern console environment.
  • Innovative thinker with creative problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary, iterative environment.
  • Strong understanding of development processes, workflows, and tools.
  • Ability to lead and delegate as required.


  • 23 vacation days per year + Christmas Holiday (From Dec 24 ~ Jan 1)
  • Flexible Working Hours & Flexible Friday.
  • Restaurant Tickets: approx 180 € per month (2.160€/year).
  • Private Health insurance including dental coverage.
  • Breakfast in the Office.
  • Company parties and events.
  • Relocation package and VISA support.
  • Friday beers and the most important....very nice SmileMates

Are you ready to join our Smile-family? We are already excited to have you!