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Technical Director

  • Role: Technical Director
  • Team: Development
  • Location: Kent

The role

We are looking for a Technical Director to lead, support and mentor the Studio’s Lead and Senior Programmers, help overcome technical issues, drive and support best practices and efficiencies across our games, and set clear guidelines/expectations for the studio’s games and services.

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


  • The quality of technical deliverables for all studio UE4 titles
  • Shaping and driving the future technical roadmap and requirements for the studio
  • Leading, coaching and mentoring engineers throughout the studio 
  • Approving technical designs for all high-risk/high-impact systems across the studio’s development teams 
  • Driving the overall engineering culture at the studio, including internal and external talks and engagement 
  • Setting and enforcing software development standards and best practices across all engineering teams 
  • Working with the development teams to optimise, fix and establish excellent codebases throughout the studio. 
  • Overseeing the technical requirements of first-party submission processes 
  • Working with content and engineering teams to help optimise our titles and achieve performance  
  • Working closely with project leads to define the titles’ technical requirements, constraints, risks and opportunities – including all technical architecture and production process  
  • Working with Dovetail’s leadership team to define and manage change  
  • Facilitating the sharing of technical knowledge and learnings across the studio’s development teams, looking for opportunities to re-use solutions and processes across  
  • Identify and manage technical dependencies and risks for the studio
  • Stay abreast of global technology advancements, identify opportunities to progress Dovetail Games at a technical and business level

What we look for in you

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or equivalent
  • You are an expert in game systems programming with excellent C++ and UE4 knowledge 
  • Several years' experience in the video game industry as a Lead Engineer or Technical Director
  • Advanced knowledge of engine, graphics, multiplayer, gameplay, and tool development
  • Shipped multiple games as a Senior or Lead Programmer with relevant experience on current and previous generation consoles.
  • Experience with modern commercial games engines
  • A strong ability to communicate technical subjects to other disciplines.
  • A proven track record in building, managing and growing engineering teams capable of delivering AAA experiences across platforms.
  • Intimate knowledge of technical considerations in delivering live services.
  • Experience balancing technical, team, product and business requirements with successful outcomes.

About Dovetail Games

We are committed to promoting equal opportunities and diversity, and all applicants will be considered on their merit, qualifications, competence and talent regardless of any protected characteristics.

  • You will have a direct and significant impact on the future of our games.
  • You will 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
  • My Rewards benefits package including health cash plan, cycle to work, eyecare and tech.
  • 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.

Are you an expert in game systems programming with excellent C++ and UE4knowledge?  Are you a Lead Engineer ready for your next role?

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 a passionate person that drives for quality in everything we do, from developing talented people within the company, to delivering great simulation for our players.

Our products

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