Technical Lead - F1 Manager

Cambridge / Hybrid / Remote /
Programming – Coding /
/ Hybrid
Frontier is an established, market leading independent developer and publisher of videogames for PC and consoles. We have achieved serial successes across a wide variety of titles including Elite Dangerous, Planet Coaster, Jurassic World Evolution, Planet Zoo and F1 Manager. Founded in 1994, we are based in the world-leading technology cluster and historic city of Cambridge, England. With a growing team of over 800 talented people supporting our existing portfolio and ambitious future roadmap, along with our publishing label Frontier Foundry, we are passionate about creating innovative genre-leading games and authentic worlds for our communities of players.  

About the Role
We are looking for a Technical Lead to join the F1 Manager Development team. F1 Manager is the officially licensed F1 management sim which aims to offer the most detailed and authentic motorsport management experience on the market. A true AAA management title, F1 Manager combines the instantly recognisable look and feel of F1’s official branding with an exhilarating broadcast-style race day experience.

In your role you will collaborate with Engineering Managers, programmers, and other stakeholders to design technical solutions which support the creative team’s vision for the game. Having a direct impact on the success of the game you will be accountable for the delivery of these technical solutions.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team of skilled developers working alongside real-world Formula 1 teams to create one of the most authentic representations of the world's most exciting motorsport. Your passion for technical excellence will be pivotal to delivering the quality that we strive for in all our games. This position does not have explicit direct line management responsibility, leaving you to focus on providing technical direction and guidance for your team.


    • Be involved with planning technical architecture for new features and content.
    • Help identifying technical issues in planned or existing code and either address these or delegate to suitable members of the team.
    • Take the lead in ensuring suitable performance across all platforms, including PC and current-generation consoles, and help other programmers with optimisation.
    • Assist other teams in sticking to memory budgets, develop tools to ensure budgets are clear to content creators, and construct memory budgets for new projects.
    • Liaise with the production team on technical tasks, including working out timescales and communicating risks.
    • Undertake technical mentoring, evaluation, and feedback to support the development of programming skills for junior programmers on the team, on both an ad-hoc and formal basis.

About you

    • Essential
    • Excellent C++ programming skills and experience with its use in a large codebase.
    • Previous senior level experience working on shipped titles.
    • Experience with modern console development (e.g., PS4, XBSX).
    • Excellent optimisation, debugging and problem-solving skills.
    • Experience working with performance and memory requirements.
    • Experience in technical leadership and directing the work of others.
    • Desirable
    • Knowledge of Perforce, including branching and merging of complex projects.
    • Experience with Unreal Engine 4/5 in a commercial context.
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.