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Full Stack Developer

  • Role: Full Stack Developer
  • Team: Development
  • Location: UK Remote / Office Based, Chatham

The Role

Dovetail Games is proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all,regardless to gender,sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion (or lack thereof) education background and game preferences as we seek to recruit the very best from a diverse talent pool. We are committed to promoting diversity, and all applicants will be considered on their merit, qualifications, competence, and talent regardless of any protected characteristics. At the individuals request all roles will be considered for part time, term time only and job shares.

At Dovetail Games we are passionate about empowering our people to build beautiful worlds, craft breath-taking games and do the best work of their career to deliver our vision: “By Enthusiasts, For Enthusiasts”.

Our studio is situated in a river-front building in the heart of the Historic Dockyard in Chatham, Kent, UK. We are growing fast, developing our games using cutting-edge technology and delivering these on multiple platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and 5 and Xbox One and Series S/X

We are looking for a Full Stack Developer to join the team developing "Dovetail Live" - the central hub for our players and hobbyists, providing access to exclusive social functionality, offers, and in-game rewards. You will be joining a small team using bleeding edge technology where you will envision, design, and deliver high quality software using an agile, behaviour-driven and test-driven development process. 



  • Work with the Director of Dovetail Live and Engineering Team to ensure the implementation of the Dovetail Live programme vision 
  • Champion the development of both the Dovetail Live frontend applications and backend API services 
  • Work closely with game development teams in providing in-game online functionality 
  • Understand business needs and interpret programme vision to be able to advise on “best fit” solutions that work for all parties 

What We Look For In You

  • Commitment to continuously improve your skills and your code 
  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to communicate complex notions 
  • Professional experience developing and maintaining backend APIs 
  • Professional experience developing Single Page Applications using a modern ES6 JavaScript framework  
  • Professional experience with relational databases and ORMs 
  • Good software engineering skills, with an ability to program clearly, efficiently 
  • Strong understanding of, and experience in, full stack web development including: 
    • API Design and Development 
    • Security Best Practices 
    • Performance optimisation 
    • Service-Oriented Architecture 
    • Single Page Application Frameworks 
    • Flux-based Frontend State Management 
  • Experience with, or willingness to learn: 
    • NodeJS, TypeScript and the NestJS framework 
    • React and the NextJS framework 
    • Behaviour-Driven Development, using CucumberJS and Gherkin 
    • Unit Testing, using Jest 
    • End-to-End Testing, using Playwright 
    • Continuous Integration & Delivery, using GitLab 
    • NodeJS specific ORMs, especially Sequelize
  • Degree in Computer Science or similar, or in place of a degree, 5+ years of professional experience 
  • Experience working with a similar remit in a parallel industry 
  • A demonstrable history of building successful online systems 
  • DevOps experience or willingness to learn 
  • We use Kubernetes, Helm, Garden, and GCP, esp. AppEngine, CloudSQL and Kubernetes 
  • Familiarity with any of the following: 
    • Ruby on Rails esp. Discourse 
    • Java esp. KeyCloak 
    • React esp. NextJS and Expo 
    • Time-Series Databases e.g. TimescaleDB/InfluxDB 

Why work for us?

  • You will have a direct and significant impact on the future of our games 
  • You’ll experience an environment where you will be challenged but supported 
  • We have an industry leading work-life balance 
  • We are developing games across multiple platforms using cutting edge technology 
  • Opportunity to work fully UK based remote 
  • VISA sponsorship available on qualifying roles 
  • Competitive salary and benefits 
  • Pension scheme 
  • My Rewards benefits package including health cash plan, cycle to work, eyecare and tech 
  • Green Car benefits scheme provided by Tusker 
  • Gymflex membership 
  • Free parking 
  • Free fruit, tea & coffee, and a stocked pantry 
  • Access to funded fitness events and health checks. 
  • Regular social and sporting activities, including charity fundraising. 

Do you want to envision, design, and deliver high quality software? Apply now!

About Our People


By Enthusiasts... For Enthusiasts

We are growing fast and we have big ambitions to lead the way at the pinnacle of innovation. We are looking for individuals with the energy, drive and skill to craft a new generation of entertainment, across a multitude of gaming platforms. We would love to speak with 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.

Our Values


Make fabulous stuff

We are passionate about crafting high quality simulations that excite and engage both experienced and new players.


Enhance life

Our aim is to make software that enhances life. We don’t make games that are addictive, promote gambling, glorify violence or are discriminatory in any way. We would rather celebrate the human condition than devalue it.


Continuously improve

We work as one team, communicating frequently, openly and honestly in the knowledge that when we work together great things happen.


Walk tall

We are proud of who we are, and the entertainment we deliver to our customers around the world. We don’t work for Dovetail Games – we ARE Dovetail Games.

"I’m proud to be the first female Board Director at Dovetail Games"  Gemma Johnson-Brown, Chief Operating Officer

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