Added by on 2014-09-12

Dovetail Games Recruiting UI Engineer/Architect

Dovetail Games, 3d, cgi, Pipeline TD – Mid, Modeling/Texturing Artists, CG Supervisor, Stereo Conversion Artist, GUI Artist, Technical Designer, Technical Artist, Environmental Artist, 3D Artist

UI Engineer/Architect

Role title: UI Engineer / Architect
Reports to: Development Director
Department: Development
Base Location: Chatham
Secondary Location (if applicable): N/A

Overview of Department

Dovetails Games is seeking to recruit a UI Engineer to join our rapidly expanding Studio. As a UI Engineer you will join the game creation process and be responsible for the architectural design and implementation of the UI for our simulation games. You will design and develop high quality UI code, deployed into our games, working alongside the UI and game designers.

Overview of Role

Summary of Key Responsibilities

Own the architectural design of game GUI solutions.
Works with the UI and game designers to determine efficient graphic and code representations of GUI designs.
Prototyping and implementing front-ends, in-game menus and HUD elements.
Writes new code and maintains existing code in C++, HTML, CSS and Javascript to support user input, screen, inter-screen and GUI object behaviors, animations, and transitions.
Determines technical solutions to design requirements.

Relationship Management

Audience:

Development Director, Art Director and Design team
Members of the UI Team (UI artists / Designers)
Internal Brand & Marketing Partners
External Suppliers and Contacts

Key Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following;

Owns the technical design specification and implementation of simulation GUIs
Use a combination of HTML, CSS and Javascript & Coherent Labs UI to deliver fabulous UIs
Prototyping & implementing front-ends, including flow & screens, and market-place screens
Prototyping & implementing in-game menus and HUD elements
Design and implementation of tools and systems to enable artists and designers to test and iterate menu designs and artwork
Implementation of meta-game logic systems (e.g. player progression, challenge achievement tracking and player feedback)
Ensuring first party compliance & compliant messaging for games systems
Localisation systems & localisation of game content
Determining technical solutions to creative design requirements
Writes new code and maintains existing code in HTML, CSS and Javascript to support user input, screen, inter-screen and GUI object behaviours, animations, and transitions
Integrates content into the front end of the game
Develop tools, features and pipelines for the front end logic and screens
Manages the save game files and generally works with many different types of content (movies, front end screens, databases, icons, 3D models, special effects, and in-game user interfaces)
Works with Interface Graphic Designers to determine efficient graphic and code representation of GUI designs
Creates leading edge reusable technologies, both systems and engines if required
Follow industry trends with regard to front-end technologies and techniques

Person Spec

Qualifications and Training

Essential

A good degree in computer science, mathematics or equivalent

Experience

Essential

At least 2 years experience in the games industry, preferably in a UI development role
CSS, HTML & Javascript programming experience
Working knowledge of C++
At least 1 shipped game title (any platform)
Project Management – strong organisational skills
Ability to set up systems and procedures
Desirable

Experience of Coherent Labs UI solution
Unreal Engine experience
Experience on any current generation consoles
Skills, Aptitudes and Abilities

Essential

Strong time management skills for themselves and others
Ability to analyse data and report with recommendations
Ability to prioritise workload

Desirable

Presentation skills
Negotiation skills
Personal Qualities and Attributes

Essential

Excellent organisation and people skills
Positive and outgoing personality, with an aptitude for problem solving
Creative and Innovative
Takes initiative
Demonstrates accountability/integrity
Confident to challenge and ask questions
Work well in a dynamic, rapidly changing environment

Desirable

Simulation Gamer
Gamer
About Dovetail Games

At Dovetail Games we are passionate about building beautiful worlds that empower players with the freedom to unleash their creativity, and live out their dreams. Today we build and publish the World’s No.1 Train Simulator, but this is only the start of our journey. We’re growing fast and we have big ambitions. We are looking for individuals with the energy, drive and skill to craft a new generation of entertainment, across a multitude of gaming platforms. 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.
If you think you have what it takes to be part of our journey, then join the team in one of our three UK locations – Chatham, Godalming or Stirling.
At Dovetail Games, we’re embracing the future of gaming.
Are you?

If you would like to apply for this role please email your CV and covering letter to jobs@dovetailgames.com stating the job reference in the email subject header.
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