Job Vacancies

Senior Programmer

  • Role: Senior Programmer
  • Team: Development
  • Location: Kent

The role

Come build games with us!

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”.

We are looking for an experienced UE4/C++ developer to help us build great new features, and take our successful fishing franchise in new directions. You'll have the opportunity to work on: 

  • Large online multiplayer games in cutting-edge open world environments
  • Exciting gameplay features, built around skill, physics, exploration, and competition
  • Simulation and rendering of water and other complex environmental effects
  • Integration of the latest UE4 engine features
  • Engine modifications to wring the last drops of performance for our titles
  • Support for a range of existing and next-gen platforms
  • If these topics sound exciting, we'd love to hear from you! We also pride ourselves on providing great opportunities for career and leadership development. We minimise crunch, and we're now based at a brand-new fantastic river-front studio in the heart of the Historic Dockyard in Kent, UK.


  • Drive gameplay and systems development through all stages of production
  • Implement game, engine, and tool features within schedule and to an exceptional quality
  • Work hard within a closely-knit team to deliver to tight schedules
  • Contribute toward a continual company-wide improvement in code quality and standards
  • Mentor junior programmers
  • Cross discipline support and training

What we look for in you


  • Professional experience with UE4 (or similar)
  • 5+ years of professional, industry, programming experience, with C style languages (C++/C/C#/Java)
  • Strong software engineering skills, with an ability to program clearly, efficiently, and evolve your style and practices where required
  • A good understanding of relevant areas of mathematics (discrete, linear algebra, etc)
  • A good knowledge of graphics, physics, animation, audio, and online systems
  • Experience with profiling, analysis and optimisation


  • Degree in Game Development, Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, or similar
  • Familiarity with the architecture and constraints of current-gen hardware, and an appreciation of the opportunities and constraints of the next
  • Experience in animation programming or support
  • Able to work with AI decision models such as behaviour trees
  • A working knowledge of version control systems

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

Competitive salary and benefits

Pension scheme

Eye-care vouchers

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.

Think this job is right for you?

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

We work hard to build experiences that can be enjoyed by players of all ages. Our games simulate reality but are non-violent. 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.

"The creative freedom is what I enjoy most about working at Dovetail Games"

Our products

Explore our range of simulation games