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Core-tech Senior / Lead Programmer

  • Role: Core-tech Senior / Lead Programmer
  • Team: Development
  • Location: UK Remote / Office Based, Chatham

The Role

Our people can be based “where they do their best work” from either our HQ or from their home (UK based only / VISA sponsorship available). However occasional travel to HQ office will be required for key meetings and events.

Come build games with us! We’re looking for someone with a passion for technology, software, and game development! At Dovetail, we’re committed to building enthusiast-driven games based around:  

  • Large open-world online multiplayer environments  
  • Exciting gameplay, relying on skill, physics, exploration, and competition  
  • Cutting edge rendering and detailed mechanical and natural simulation technologies
  • Development of multi-platform next generation titles

We’re striving to improve performance, develop and optimise engine extensions, including the latest game engine features. If this sounds exciting, we'd love to hear from you! We pride ourselves on providing great opportunities for career and leadership development. We minimise crunch, and we're based at a brand-new river-front studio in the heart of the Historic Dockyard in Kent, UK.  


  • Research and development of new game and engine features across multiple franchises  
  • Develop improvements for existing tech features and engine modifications
  • Game and engine performance optimisation
  • Cross discipline support and involvement in all aspect of game development working with producers, programmers, and technical artists
  • Balance work between code base, new technologies and tools
  • Coordinate and lead the central technology team
  • Work with the team to solve complex technical problems

What We Look For In You


  • Extensive knowledge of C++ and software architectures
  • Experience in game engines architectures, game frameworks, tools and runtime
  • Knowledge of game development pipelines  
  • Knowledge in refactoring and optimization 
  • Interest and experience in game technology development
  • Good communication skills and team attitude


  • Degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, or similar subject
  • Experience with Unreal engine
  • Very good knowledge of one or more of: multiplayer/networking, graphics, simulation, animation, rendering or audio  
  • Familiarity with the architecture and constraints of current-gen and next-gen hardware


We are committed to promoting equal opportunities and diversity, and all applicants will be considered on their merit, qualifications, competence and talent regardless of any protected characteristics.

  • You will have a direct and significant impact on the future of our games
  • You’ll experience an environment where you will be challenged but supported
  • We have an industry leading work-life balance
  • We are developing games across multiple platforms using cutting edge technology
  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • Pension scheme
  • Eden Red Benefits Package including medical and eyecare
  • Free parking
  • Free fruit, tea & coffee and a stocked pantry
  • Access to funded fitness events and health checks.
  • Regular social and sporting activities, including charity fundraising.

Are you interested and experienced in game technology development? We want to hear from you!

About Our People


By Enthusiasts... For Enthusiasts

We are growing fast and we have big ambitions to lead the way at the pinnacle of innovation. We are looking for individuals with the energy, drive and skill to craft a new generation of entertainment, across a multitude of gaming platforms. We would love to speak with talented people who take pride in a job well done and thrive in a positive environment, where ideas are celebrated, and everyone has a voice.

Our Values


Make fabulous stuff

We are passionate about crafting high quality simulations that excite and engage both experienced and new players.


Enhance life

Our aim is to make software that enhances life. We don’t make games that are addictive, promote gambling, glorify violence or are discriminatory in any way. We would rather celebrate the human condition than devalue it.


Continuously improve

We work as one team, communicating frequently, openly and honestly in the knowledge that when we work together great things happen.


Walk tall

We are proud of who we are, and the entertainment we deliver to our customers around the world. We don’t work for Dovetail Games – we ARE Dovetail Games.

I am very proud of the company that our people have created. By enthusiasts, for enthusiasts.

Our products

Explore our range of simulation games