Games Developer with Backend Experience

Run An Empire
London (Greater)
30 Nov 2017
02 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Description

Summary of the Role
We’re looking for a mid-level or expert developer with strong server side experience to join our existing development team. You will be responsible for architecting the server side from day one implementing a change from Firebase to the best system for our needs, whilst working with the client-side team on the Unity code base.

Key Responsibilities
- Leading the implementation of a custom server-side solution.
- Working closely with the development team across the entire technical stack.
- Planning for scalability and performance.
- Structuring how we collect and present player data to derive insight.
- Assisting in optimising our development processes, including effective communication and collaboration across the whole team.
- Promoting a culture of innovation and quality within the development team.

Desirable Skills
- A deep knowledge of server side technologies with experience implementing your chosen language in a number of production contexts.
- Experience working as part of small team of developers and designers in a focused single product environment.
- The ability to prototype rapidly and learn from user feedback.
- A passion for building systems to scale; assessing the long term implications of development decisions
- Preferably some C# or Java experience
- Experience working in an agile and lean environment where data and user feedback are essential.
- Experience with tools such as: Git, Trello, Slack, Mixpanel, Heroku, AWS, Postgres.
- Excited at working in a start-up environment
- Ideally you have a degree in Computer Science, Maths or related subject.
- Nice to haves include: Unity3D experience, game studio experience, an interest in running, some knowledge of the Android and iOS platforms, good at Settlers of Catan.

- A fun & social working environment
- Salary based on experience
- Compensation package including options and pension
- A supportive environment to grow your skills including budget for personal development.
- The opportunity to progress to a leadership or management role.
- The chance to help shape a business from a very early stage, and an opportunity to develop and learn new skills across various technologies and skill sets.
- The chance to lead the technical architecture of the product from day one.
- Studio based in Somerset House at the heart of an artistic and creative hub called Makerversity (laser cutters! 3D Printers! Pub visits!)

How to Apply
Please apply with a C.V. and a brief covering letter. The first stage of the application process will run until 24th November, at which point we will shortlist our chosen candidates for telephone interview. We will endeavour to contact all applicants at this time. You can send applications directly to

Please do not get in contact if you are a recruiter.

Company DescriptionRun An Empire is a location-based strategy game for runners. Put on your running shoes and compete against your neighbours to command the mightiest empire. Build strategically, raid neighbouring kingdoms and ally with friends in a global, mass-participation, augmented reality world.

We’re passionate about creating a social, playful and immersive experience that gets people healthier. We’re a close team spanning product, business, development and design. We believe in making a true game that is rewarding, strategic and social whilst having a positive global impact on people’s health.