Lead Programmer - Near Light



We are looking for a Lead Programmer to help bring our unannounced next-gen VR game to life at Near Light. You will be collaborating with a talented team to help us explore, create, and deliver innovative software.

As Lead Programmer, you will lead and manage the code team. You will be a team player who can collaborate cross-discipline in a fun and inclusive environment, sharing ideas and expertise while maintaining a bigger picture of the product.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Build high-quality, scalable features for our AAA-quality VR games.
  • Assist the game producer with task planning and management.
  • Guide features through the full development cycle – from rapid prototyping, throughout development and release, with iteration/balancing and bug fixing.
  • Work alongside the Technical Director to develop robust, innovative systems.
  • Communicate technical designs for game features.
  • Help QA to understand game systems and their properties so they can test and verify work accurately.
  • Be a positive behavioural and mental role model for the team and studio.
  • Create a healthy working environment, ensuring positive scenarios of success for your team.
  • Support an agile, fail-fast methodology when discovering and exploring gameplay content.


Essential capabilities:

  • Advanced knowledge of C++ programming, design patterns and software engineering principles.
  • 3D maths, algorithms and data structures knowledge.
  • Communication skills - Excellent verbal and written communication skills with an ability to communicate with technical and non-technical people to help them overcome issues.
  • Aptitude for providing feedback, noting potential issues, and mentoring junior coders.
  • Performance-minded development and optimisation skills.
  • Collaborative with a multi-discipline team, empowering artists, and designers.
  • Capable of understanding complex tasks to produce results efficiently.

Desired experience:

  • 8+ years proven experience developing high-quality features for 3+ published PC, console, or mobile titles.
  • Experience working on a multiplayer game and has a working knowledge of best practices during development.
  • Experience working professionally with Unreal 4, with Unreal 5 being an extra bonus.
  • Experience developing for VR.
  • Interest in the VR market and the latest gameplay innovations.


Who we are -

We are Near Light, an award-winning developer and publisher delivering world-leading interactive VR experiences. We are the latest studio to join the VR Developer & Publisher company that is nDreams.

Near Light is looking for new team members who can help to shape our next-generation VR games and we encourage individuals from all backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, genders and experience levels to apply for this role.

Why Near Light?

Our growing studio shares a passion for innovation, collaboration and defining the future of VR. We encourage an open, creative, and diverse culture, empower people to explore their ideas and put their stamp on projects. With humble beginnings as an independent studio of our own, we combine big projects and opportunities with a personal, caring touch.

We have the small, inclusive, and open creative atmosphere of a start-up, with the experience and backing of the team behind Shooty Fruity, Fracked, and #1 Selling, Award-winning Phantom: Covert Ops. This is a rare opportunity to contribute to the culture of a growing studio and be at the heart of both a new team and project right from the start.

We offer in-house, hybrid and remote opportunities alongside great perks, including flexible hours, duvets days, your birthday off, dedicated personal development time and support, and regular socials and parties. Beyond this, there’s an excellent holiday offering, pension scheme, health insurance, life cover and much more.


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