Engineering Manager (Elite Dangerous)

Cambridge / Remote /
Programming – Coding /
Frontier is an established, market leading independent developer and publisher of videogames for PC and consoles. Founded in 1994, we are based in the world-leading technology cluster and historic city of Cambridge, England. With a growing team of over 750 talented people, we are passionate about creating innovative genre-leading games and authentic worlds for our communities of players.  
We have achieved serial successes across a wide variety of titles including Elite DangerousPlanet CoasterJurassic World Evolution and Planet Zoo. We are continuing to grow our team to support our existing portfolio and an exciting and ambitious future roadmap, which includes the development of both own-IP titles and licensed-IP titles. Our IP-license partners include Universal (Jurassic World), Formula 1 and Games Workshop (Warhammer).We are also growing our team to continue the expansion of Frontier Foundry, our publishing label for games developed by carefully selected partner studios. 
We have a modern spacious studio located on the Cambridge Science Park in the heart of the Cambridge tech hub. For those who wish to relocate to the Cambridge area and work either entirely in the studio or flexibly between the studio and home, we can provide generous financial and practical support to facilitate your move. We are also able to offer remote working for those who would prefer to work almost exclusively from home or who are unable to relocate. We can discuss your preferences with you during the recruitment process.   

Purpose of the role 

This is a fantastic opportunity to take up a team facing leadership role on an experienced development team. Through this role you will make a valuable contribution to the Elite Dangerous game and ever evolving Elite universe. 
As our Engineering Manager on the Elite Dangerous development team, you will collaborate with lead programmers and other stake holders on the team to ensure your team prioritises and produces work to deliver the artistic, creative and technical vision for Elite.  
A key part of the role is to balance the needs of stakeholders and work with your team to capture the required coding related features. You and your team will create a technical plan and roadmap for delivery. 
To be successful in this role you’ll need to be passionate about improvement, efficiency and communication. You’ll work with a diverse team of programmers with differing levels of experience and domain knowledge. You will make valuable contributions to the code-base through both your leadership and, if you so wish, hands-on programming. 

Key Responsibilities:

    • Line manage and lead a group of talented and passionate programmers with diverse skillsets and experience. This will include team development, recruitment, performance management, coaching and mentoring. 
    • Work with the programming leads on how the engineering team can best achieve the technical direction. 
    • Supervise and coordinate the planning and delivery of work from the Elite Dangerous engineering team. 
    • Promote and support cross discipline collaboration. 
    • Oversee the development and creation of internal documentation, best standards and practices. 
    • Develop and improve practices like code reviews and knowledge sharing 
    • Identify and resolve skill and resource gaps within the team with a view to delivering the Elite Dangerous creative team’s vision. 
    • Use your technical programming skills and experience to help the team solve complex problems (optional). 
    • Keep your programming skills up to date and support the team by identifying appropriate opportunities to make your own hands-on contribution to the code-base (optional). 

About You:

    • Excellent communication skills, which will enable you to motivate your team and get your views and opinions across effectively. 
    • Proven people management and leadership skills with a passion for developing individuals and teams. 
    • A programming background in PC and/or console game development is desirable. 
    • Resilient under pressure with the ability to remain calm and take important decisions. 
    • Experience with identifying and developing compromises for stakeholders with differing needs. 
What we can offer you
We offer the chance to work with talented and passionate people, developing and publishing sophisticated and enduring games in a creative and collaborative environment. We love what we do, and we work hard to provide outstanding experiences for our player communities. Frontier rewards this passion and determination by sharing in the company’s success and by supporting our teams to keep doing what they love.

Well-being is a big focus at Frontier and we are continually evolving how we can support our staff. We encourage a healthy work/life balance and host a range of well-being activities, initiatives and sessions to support both mental and physical health.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes a success-based annual bonus, share option schemes, pension, life assurance, private family healthcare, flexitime working hours, enhanced maternity/paternity package, in-house subsidised catering, support with relocation, a Cycle to Work scheme and free bike servicing, and social events.

We welcome and encourage applications from qualified candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.