Working at Boss Alien

We are a tight unit of enthusiastic and experienced game developers. With a great studio at the heart of Brighton, Boss Alien is a brilliant place to work. We value our staff and the atmosphere is supportive and relaxed.

We’re looking for someone to push our games forward by producing stunning settings for the action to take place in. The team is committed to creating world class games for iOS and Android. We’d love you to be part of it if you can prove the following.

Senior Game Designer

We need someone who can slot into a talented, established team and hit the ground running. You’ll be a knowledgable game designer with proven skills who can conceptualise but more importantly be hands on with the set up and balancing of game objects and structures.

We encourage everyone in our team to be active game designers regardless of their discipline so you’ll tend to be a focus point for concepts and ideas. More of a co-ordinator than a dictator, you’ll bring together the best of the team’s intellectual power with your own to formulate designs that are practical, holistic and compelling.

This is an important role at the heart of the team. You’ll feel very involved and engaged in all aspects of the games you work on.

  • You’ll need excellent communication skills and be able to influence people with subtlety and grace.
  • This is a fairly technical role so some programming knowledge is an advantage while a good grasp of maths and a logical brain are essential.
  • You’ll have worked in a key design role on a number of titles. This probably equates to around five to ten years of industry experience.
  • You really understand F2P design and how to integrate fun and monetization.
  • You can deconstruct existing games laying bare their mechanics and structure.
  • You understand learning curves, pacing, mobile UX and what motivates players.

Boss Alien is a very friendly, supportive and egalitarian place to work. We try to be as light as possible on management and therefore value people who can work independently and take responsibility for themselves – co-ordinating naturally with others. Our games reach tens of millions of players are among the most successful in the world. It’s very rewarding to work on games with such a large audience. Come, join us and see for yourself.

Games Programmer (Intern)

What you will be doing

You will be helping us create amazing games. Working with an incredibly talented team, who will be able to assist you in developing your abilities and understanding of how games are made, we want you to be able to experience hands on creation of innovative mobile games.

What we are looking for

  • Studying a Maths, Physics, Computer Science or related degree
  • Good knowledge of C++/C#
  • A portfolio, we want to see what you have accomplished so far
  • A passion for creating games and for learning more about the industry.

Senior Programmer (mobile)

Boss Alien is a growing company working on projects with small team sizes. We need a few experienced programmers to play key roles on our team. If you’re comfortable taking on any challenge given you and experienced enough to deliver, this could be the role for you.

We are looking for smart, energetic, friendly people to join us.

To be a great fit, you’ll need to bring the following things with you:

  • You love making games.
  • You’re better at it than we are!
  • You have a passion to learn new skills and areas of expertise.
  • You have a desire to teach those around you all the cool things you know.
  • You’re someone we’d be excited to work with – you’re smart, nice and you get things done.
  • You love playing games as much as making them.

As well as this, we’ll need you to have:

  • At least 3 published games (console, mobile or desktop) and a few years industry experience under your belt.
  • Wide experience of the architecture of current games (networking, AI, rendering, gameplay, peripherals, tools, data processing pipelines …) – you are the kind of person who can fill the blanks in this list.
  • Deep knowledge of at least a couple of these areas, gained by writing the relevant systems in your published games.
  • Actively been involved in mentoring or leading junior team members and you enjoy doing it.
  • Expert knowledge of C++ or C# and aptitude to learn new languages quickly.
  • Great communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Knowledge of how to scope and break down requirements into actionable tasks.

Games Programmer (iOS/Android)

Boss Alien is a growing company working on exciting projects with small team sizes. We need programmers who are happy to work in whatever area is required of them – this could change on a daily basis!

We are looking for smart, energetic, friendly people to join us!

Required

  • 2.1 degree in Maths, Physics, Computer Science or related, or equivalent industry experience
  • Excellent knowledge of C# or C++
  • Excellent knowledge of algorithms and data structures
  • Experience of creating games on desktop or mobile platforms
  • Desire to make great games
  • Great communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Happy to work as part of a team
  • Demonstrable love for some area of game technology
  • A passion for playing games and solving problems
  • Flexible and keen to learn new skills

Great to have

  • Knowledge of two or more other programming languages (for example Java, Python, PHP, Clojure)
  • 1 or more years of games industry experience
  • 1 or more shipped titles on console, desktop or mobile platforms
  • Strong knowledge of console, desktop and mobile architectures
  • Knowledge of asynchronous engineering techniques
  • Experience of Unity, Unreal or XNA
  • SQL
  • Experience using digital content creation tools (for example Max, Maya, Photoshop)

Apply

Junior / Graduate Programmers with relevant demos and a positive attitude are encouraged to apply!