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Engine Programmer

Permanent Position


Rare is an Xbox Game Studio creating the kind of games the world doesn’t have. Our values – explorers, evolving, together – are fundamental to the games we make and how we make them. Rare offers rewarding and fulfilling careers for exceptional people, supporting you to learn and grow. Our studio is a welcoming campus in the heart of the Midlands, where the majority of our team work in a flexible hybrid work pattern.

Role Purpose

Are you a budding Engine/Systems Programmer looking for an opportunity that encourages growth, autonomy and undertaking interesting technical challenges that could influence a whole global network of studios? We have an opportunity for you...

Our cutting-edge Engine team are seeking an aspiring Engine Programmer to join us. You would be working across both Sea of Thieves and Everwild, collaborating with game teams to identify scalable approaches to new problems, optimising and hardening new and existing systems, tracking down tricky bugs and developing new runtime and workflow capabilities to enable us to continue delivering experiences the world doesn’t have. We have a particular interest in continuing to build out our animation engineering capabilities, so any interest and experience in this area would be very welcome.

Our Engine Programmers are the first to trial new technologies and consoles, to ensure Rare stays at the very forefront of game development. Regularly involved at initial design stages of game features, Engine Programmers embed in other teams to collaborate, influence and steer our games’ technical development.

As this is an entry-level role, we look forward to you bringing fresh ideas and perspective to the team. Not only will your perspective be highly valued, we promise you'll have access to a range of knowledge and objectives to broaden your skillset and support your growth and learning. Providing opportunities to stretch, thrive and specialise will be a top priority.

This role sits in a team that prioritises a healthy work/life balance and consists of highly knowledgeable people who appreciate nothing better than learning from each other and sharing experiences – we'd love to learn from you, and we'd love to share our skills and expertise with you as we get better, together.

Key Accountabilities

  • Empower Rare's Engineering, Content and Design teams to achieve more.
  • Collaborate with other programmers on the Engine and Game teams to build creative solutions to technical problems and provide insights on performance, memory, scalability, robustness and testability.
  • Help contribute to the technology used to build Rare's next games, minimising technical debt and maintenance risks.
  • Support our commitment to improving the quality of development processes at Rare.
  • Devote time to personal improvement to grow your skills, develop specialisms and embody engineering excellence.
  • Commit to upholding an inclusive mindset and engaging meaningfully with our values of diversity and inclusion.

Required Skills And Experience

  • Curiosity, proactivity, a desire to absorb new ideas and understand how things work.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and positively.
  • Experience with object-oriented programming, especially C++.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Enthusiasm for low-level code and high-level architecture; bit-twiddling and systems design should excite you!
  • Passion for performance programming – crafting lean and efficient code is something you care about.
  • Commitment to embracing diverse perspectives, overcoming personal bias and aspiring to be an ally to all.

Desirable Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in Computer Science or relevant field.
  • Enthusiasm for animation engineering.
  • Familiarity with automated testing methodologies.
  • Experience with commercial game engines, especially UE4/5.