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Lead Programmer, China Build (NOC 21232)

by Digital Extremes

Date Posted: Aug 31, 2023
Digital Extremes

Job Description


The Lead Programmer, China Build (NOC 21232) will drive the implementation of the project’s technical vision with the focus on a very high level of quality and evaluate the technical risks associated with project proposals, development plans and milestone schedules.


Permanent and full time (40 hours per week).




250 York Street, Suite 100, London, Ontario N6A 6K2 Canada.


  • Drive the implementation of the project’s technical vision with the focus on a very high level of quality and evaluate the technical risks associated with project proposals, development plans and milestone schedules.
  • Collaborate with the Producer to help determine appropriate and realistic milestone scheduling and approval processes for the programming team.
  • Regularly meet with programming team members to review current status of programming tasks and provide feedback and direction to ensure technical quality of project and the milestone is maintained.
  • Communicate regularly with the Producer and Project Lead to stay up to date on project status and design changes.
  • Take final responsibility for high-level technical design.
  • Identify technical problems, and work with the affected parties towards solving them.
  • Become hands-on when appropriate.
  • Communicate with art and design teams to establish technical requirements.
  • Ensure the team is always working to a holistic, well-articulated systems architecture.
  • Profiling, performance-analysis, and performance tuning.
  • Contribute innovative and original ideas toward all aspects of the game’s production and development.
  • Assist development team by coding features and systems not on the critical path.
  • Modify, integrate and test coding features.
  • Operate effectively as a team leader and mentor, guide, coach and provide feedback.
  • Gain the confidence, trust, and respect from team members through effective communication, constructive feedback, and fair and objective treatment of the team.
  • Build a respectful, objective, encouraging atmosphere for ideas and creativity.
  • Represent the programming team’s perspective on development issues, professional development, tools requirements, etc.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Math, or college diploma/certificate in the relevant field.
  • 7 years experience in programming/engineering development.
  • 7 years experience in game industry software development.
  • 5 + years experience as a team lead.
  • Experience developing for modern game systems.
  • Excellent programming skills in C++, Python, Lua, and Maya.
  • Communication, attention to detail and leadership skills.
The wage range for the Lead Programmer, China Build (NOC 21232) position is between CAD $257,000 - $270,000 per year, based on work experience and qualifications.
Digital Extremes provide a competitive benefits package, including the following:
  • Extended healthcare. 
  • Three weeks of paid vacation per year.
  • Prospective discretionary bonus based on company’s financial performance and individual performance.
  • RRSP matching plan.
  • Reasonable moving expenses.


Founded in 1993 by James Schmalz, Digital Extremes Ltd. ranks as one of the world’s top independent video game development studios. Originating with the co-creative of Epic Games’ multi-million unit selling Unreal® franchise including Unreal and Unreal Tournament, Digital Extremes went on to develop Dark Section®, BioShock® for the PlayStation®3, the BioShock 2 multiplayer campaign, and The Darkness® II.

The studio has reached its greatest critical and commercial success with the free-to-play action game, Warframe®, boasting a global community of 50 million registered players on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. 

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Our culture is centered on providing great opportunities to our employees so that everyone feels they are making a meaningful impact. Developing new and existing clients is our long-term focus. We are honored that our work environment has been consistently recognized as one of “Canada’s Top 100 Employers”. We summon you to join our elite team! 

The rewards of a career with Digital Extremes include: 

  • Competitive salary with bonus opportunities
  • Excellent benefits and paid time off
  • Matching RRSP plan
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Virtual access to Dialogue, our mental wellness and healthcare services app
  • Professional development and career support
  • Work-life balance fitness subsidies
  • Be part of “Giving Back” through a multitude of fundraising venues at Digital Extremes
  • Virtual events such as team building exercises, Game night, Live band performances, Adult and separate children’s holiday and summer parties for global teams!


Digital Extremes is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We welcome and encourage applications from people disabilities. Accommodation are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment process. We thank you for your interest, however, only those candidates selected for the next steps in the hiring process will be contacted.


Please apply for this opportunity directly through our website:


Digital Extremes Ltd.
250 York Street, Suite 100
London, Ontario N6A 6K2 Canada
Tel: 519-657-4260
Fax: 519-471-9972

Digital Extremes