Team Lead Programmer (AI)
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.
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 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.
On being a Team Lead Programmer (AI) at Ubisoft Toronto
As a Team Lead Programmer for the AI team at Ubisoft Toronto, you guide a group of talented and inspired AI programmers who develop technology critical to creating games Ubisoft fans can’t wait to play. Your team achieves its ambitions thanks to your technical know-how, leadership and ability to make informed decisions. You take pride and share a passion for the systems your team develops together.
Your vision and your deep comprehension of what everyone does on your team allow you to harmonize and multiply the results of everyone’s contribution. When quality systems are delivered, and when they work together cohesively, you know you have contributed 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 Team Lead Programmer (AI) at Ubisoft Toronto
On a typical day, you gather your team to discuss progress with assigned tasks. You note issues and brainstorm ways to address them. You review outstanding bugs and how best to approach them. You communicate regularly with leads from other disciplines to plan, identify risks and deliver on time.
You code alongside your team daily. You regularly update your Project Lead on your team’s assignments and meet with other leads both within and outside your project to discuss improving workflows and sharing technology.
What it takes to make it
- An undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, or equivalent training or relevant experience;
- A minimum of 5 years experience in game programming;
- Proficient in C++ and other programming languages commonly used in-game production;
- Significant knowledge and experience with existing and cutting-edge AI technologies (e.g. pathfinding, behaviour trees, planning, character controllers, machine learning);
- Participation in at least one complete game production or equivalent in a programming role or technical management;
- Impeccable strategic leadership and communication skills;
- Act as a role model. You demonstrate care for people, express inclusive behaviours and foster a safe and respectful work environment;
- Remain calm when facing challenging situations (you know a solution is always at hand);
- A deep understanding of video game production with the ease of seeing the perspectives of other game production disciplines.
Nice to have
- Previous experience managing a team of game programmers is an asset.
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.
- 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!
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.
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