Senior Software Engineer (Match AI)

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Position at Sports Interactive
Senior Software Engineer (AI)

Position Overview

The match engine team at our studio are looking for a talented software engineer to enhance our artificial intelligence and help us take our football match simulation to the next level. The match engine team are responsible for the technological advancements of our state-of-the-art in-house engine which simulates and visualises football matches.

You will join a passionate and flourishing team who care deeply about the realism and visual quality of the match simulation in our games.

As part of this team, you will be working directly on all aspects of the AI within our simulation and collaborating very closely with fellow match AI engineers and our specialised match engine quality assurance team. You will also have the opportunity to work across a range of areas, including but not limited to the AI, animation, and our internal tools. This does include collaborating closely with our animation, gameplay, and user interface teams to ensure we have quality features which will flow through into the match experience.

You will be an important part of driving the direction and realism of our AI and the match experience that our users have in our products, and you have full input into the team specifically as well as the studio generally with the opportunity to voice your ideas and suggestions.

Our match simulation is shared across multiple products and is a critical part of the games we make, and you will consider challenges involving the match experience across several platforms, including on mobile devices.

We are looking for self-motivated people with good communication skills who can complete work independently as well as part of a team.

Key Responsibilities

Develop, extend, improve, and maintain our code base, workflows, and tools. Work closely and develop our match engine AI, animation, and internal tools, to continuously improve the look and human feel of our match simulation. Work across multiple platforms and projects to ensure we deliver the best performance and experience to our customer base. Collaborate with other disciplines, including QA, producers, and other engineering teams, on both development and future planning. Work closely with seniors/leads and production to drive new features and set long term roadmap. Help research and implement new simulation technologies as needed.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Strong knowledge of C++, design patterns and software engineering. Minimum five years of professional experience using C++ as the main language. Experience designing and developing systems within the games industry. Strong academic background with a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) or higher in a relevant technical field such as computer science, software engineering, mathematics, or physics. Strong mathematical, analytical, and problem-solving skills. Good communication skills for effective collaboration with software engineers, artists, animators, QA, and production staff. Self-motivated with a drive to improve yourself and others continuously.
Studio Overview

Sports Interactive (SI) is a multi-award-winning game development studio and the world’s leading developer of sports management simulations. Founded in 1994, SI became a wholly owned subsidiary of SEGA in 2006. Based at the Here East technology hub in Stratford, East London, the SI team continues to expand as it brings its titles to an ever-growing audience via an increasing variety of delivery platforms.

SI has enjoyed sustained commercial and critical success for its extremely detailed and immersive simulation experiences. Its games are amongst the highest-rated PC titles (according to Metacritic) and frequently occupy both the ‘top selling’ and ‘most played’ charts on Steam.

The Sports Interactive team is diverse and international, bringing together world class and high potential talent with a combined passion and drive for creating genre-defining games. Team members enjoy a flexible working schedule and a relaxed studio environment that encourages a close-knit, collaborative approach to game development.

SI is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief. Our studio has disabled access and facilities.

SI offers a generous benefits package to all full-time team members including gym membership, in-house massage therapy and private healthcare (including dental). The studio is also a London Living Wage employer and proudly boasts one of the lowest staff turnover rates in the industry with just over 30% of the current full-time team members having been at the studio for 10 years or longer. SI also has many longstanding partnerships with leading charities, local schools and major sporting organisations.

Further information on Sports Interactive, its games and life at the studio can be found

This job description is an accurate reflection of the duties and responsibilities of the post as at the time of writing but will be changed from time to time as the job is a career development job which will be adjusted according to the progress of the job holder. It does not form part of the contract of employment.

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