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Technical Director – (PC/Console)

Our client is on a mission to establish a premier game development studio in Saudi Arabia, dedicated to producing top-tier games for a global audience. Their goal is to nurture Saudi Arabia’s enthusiastic gaming community, create homegrown intellectual property, and transform the Kingdom into a global gaming hub. Joining this dynamic team means working alongside some of the industry’s best talent from around the world, as well as innovative and dedicated Saudi professionals.

Position Overview:

We are seeking a Technical Director with extensive experience in AAA console development. In this role, you will leverage state-of-the-art technologies, pipelines, and services to bring the game vision to life. You will lead a team of programmers, work closely with various departments, and ensure the successful deployment of online services to enhance user experiences.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead and mentor a team of programmers, providing technical direction and oversight.
  • Oversee the technical architecture, development, and build processes.
  • Develop and maintain high-quality online services and backend systems for game support.
  • Implement tools and processes to enhance productivity and game stability, utilizing AI tools where applicable.
  • Manage projects including staffing, technology/tool selection, risk assessment, and project dependencies.
  • Create maintainable high and low-level code to extend Unreal Engine functionalities.
  • Optimize performance, scalability, reliability, and data synchronization of online services.
  • Design and implement automation solutions for studio operations, including content creation and distribution.
  • Collaborate with various departments to streamline workflows, reduce manual tasks, and improve productivity through technical solutions.
  • Oversee the design and maintenance of data pipelines, databases, and data warehousing solutions, ensuring efficiency and scalability.
  • Conduct code reviews, provide feedback, and enforce coding standards and best practices.
  • Identify and resolve technical issues related to online services and studio tools.
  • Work with project managers to plan, estimate, and allocate resources.
  • Provide regular updates on project status, milestones, and risks to stakeholders and management.

Qualifications & Key Skills:

  • Minimum of 5 years in a Technical Director or Senior/Lead Programmer role.
  • Shipped at least 3 games across various platforms and engines, with Unreal Engine experience preferred.
  • Proficiency in C/C++/C# and other relevant programming languages (5+ years).
  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a related field.
  • Proven leadership and team management skills with a track record of mentoring technical teams.
  • Experience in shipping games on console or PC, with detailed knowledge of SDK and technical requirements for Sony PlayStation 4 and 5, Microsoft Xbox One and Series X|S, or high-end Windows PCs.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills for addressing complex technical challenges.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills for effective collaboration with cross-functional teams and stakeholders.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Familiarity with agile software development methodologies like Scrum or Kanban.
  • Join a visionary team that is pushing the boundaries of the gaming industry in Saudi Arabia and making a significant impact on a global scale.
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