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Lead Programmer (Core Tech)

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🇨🇦 Toronto, ON

Our Mission

Ubisoft's 19,000 team members, working across more than 40 locations worldwide, are bound by a shared mission to enrich players' lives with original and memorable gaming experiences. Their dedication and talent have brought to life many acclaimed franchises such as Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, Watch Dogs, Just Dance, Rainbow Six, and many more to come. Ubisoft is an equal opportunity employer that believes diverse backgrounds and perspectives are vital in creating worlds where players and teams can thrive and express themselves. Suppose you are excited about solving game-changing challenges, cutting-edge technologies, and pushing the boundaries of entertainment. In that case, we invite you to join our journey and help us create the unknown.

Our Studio

Ubisoft Toronto was founded in 2010 and has contributed to many award-winning Ubisoft brands, including Assassin's Creed®, Far Cry®, For Honor™ and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell®. In 2018, the team at Ubisoft Toronto developed its first new IP, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, and a new technology that seamlessly blends physical and digital gameplay. In 2020, Ubisoft Toronto led the latest game development in the Watch Dogs franchise – Watch Dogs: Legion. Ubisoft Toronto received praise for the tech and design work, for creating the first game in which you can play as anyone in an open world, and for its rich and detailed rendition of a future London. Now, in 2021, Ubisoft Toronto is on the verge of shipping Far Cry 6, the most ambitious Far Cry game to date, featuring the talented Giancarlo Esposito. We're also kicking off new projects, and we can't wait to share more details once we're ready.

Are you looking to work with enthusiastic experts who are tackling industry-changing challenges in entertainment and beyond? At Ubisoft, we offer an open environment where teams embrace innovative ideas and share knowledge with a genuine collaborative spirit.

The role of a Lead Programmer (Core Tech) at Ubisoft Toronto:

As a Lead Programmer at Ubisoft Toronto, you lead the game's technological vision that brings to life the creative ambitions of the project. To achieve those ambitions, you build teams composed of talented and inspired programmers, overseen by just-as-passionate programming team leads, constantly in touch with them. You plan, identify issues and closely follow up on features in development for the game. Thanks to your leadership and your ability to make the best decisions when faced with challenges in production, your programming teams can achieve their ambitions.

Sometimes, you roll up your sleeves and go deeper into the technical details of a problem. You maintain your programming skills to the point where you understand the issues your team is dealing with and can critique and contribute to the solutions that are being proposed. Your global vision and your deep comprehension of what everyone does on your team allow you to harmonize and multiply the results of everyone's hard work. When quality systems are delivered and work together cohesively, you know you contribute to offering a rich experience to our players. And that's what truly motivates you.

Type of Position: Permanent, full-time.

The daily life of a Lead Programmer (Core Tech):

  • Communicate the project's editorial vision and engage your team on the evolution of deliverables;
  • Voice the challenges, the observations, and make recommendations on behalf of the project's programming teams at the core team level;
  • Create and continuously re-focus the technology strategy for your game;
  • Work closely with game design and content creation to help them push to the limits of technology but not beyond;
  • Lead the programming team to define what's possible. Look ahead at upcoming technology and plan for the future;
  • Be ready to jump in at short notice to help understand and react coherently to any unforeseen issues;
  • Oversee planning and staffing for your programming teams
  • Train your programming leads to improve their management and strategic skills continuously;
  • Act as a role model. You demonstrate care for people, express inclusive behaviours and foster a safe and respectful work environment;
  • Be the safety net that allows your team to flourish;
  • Build and leverage an inter-project network to facilitate collaboration across locations, departments, and disciplines.

What it takes to make it

  • A minimum of 10 years experience in game programming;
  • A minimum of 5 years experience managing a team of game programmers;
  • Proficient in C++ and other programming languages commonly used in-game production;
  • Participation in at least one complete game production as a team lead programmer, including experience submitting to 1st Parties (Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, Google);
  • Interest and experience in most aspects of game technology development (gameplay, AI, UI, animation, engine, 3D, audio, network and tools);
  • Impeccable strategic leadership and communication skills;
  • Remain calm when facing challenging situations (you know that there is always a solution);
  • A deep understanding of video game production with the flexibility to see the perspectives of other game production disciplines.

We know that skills and competencies show up in different forms and can be based on different experiences. That's why we strongly encourage you to apply even though you may not have all the requirements listed above.

We Offer:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package:
  • Disability Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Extended medical insurance
  • (Optional) RRSP contribution
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Bonus (If Applicable)

Why Ubisoft Toronto?

At Ubisoft Toronto, we look for people who are excited to create the future of games in one of the most diverse cities in the world. We believe that embracing our individuality helps us build stronger creative teams and develop better games for all players.

When you're a member of our team, your professional development is a priority. Ubisoft Toronto conducts annual performance reviews and salary increases to help you further your career and grow with our studio. We also offer a comprehensive health benefits package, generous RRSP matching, industry education support, training, and career development.

We host regular team celebrations, organize events for employees and their families, and we offer a variety of health and wellness initiatives including yoga, on-site occupational therapy, flexible work hours, and continuing programs to promote a balanced life.

Join us and see for yourself why Ubisoft is rated one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, and one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People multiple years running!

Join Us!

At Ubisoft Toronto, we believe diversity is our studio's biggest strength. We're committed to creating an inclusive work environment that reflects the diversity of our player community and is inclusive and respectful of the individuality of our team.

We encourage applications from Indigenous people, racialized people, neurodivergent people, people with disabilities, people from gender and sexually diverse communities and/or people with intersectional identities.

If this sounds like your kind of studio, what are you waiting for?

Ubisoft Toronto is committed to providing accommodations for accessibility upon request.

We thank you for your interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No agencies, please.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.