As a growing game development and art outsourcing studio, Skyhook work on a variety of fantastic games. We are seeking an experienced Lead Programmer on an exciting open-world Sim project. You will work closely with a team of programmers, taking overall responsibility for providing technical guidance and mentorship to ensure work meeting the technical requirements of the project. As Lead Programmer you will work with producers, leadership and other internal departments to ensure expectations are met and exceeded.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

Key duties which include:

  • Providing technical oversight on a new Sim based project from pre-production to release stage
  • Overall supervision of project delivery and communicating progress to key stakeholders
  • Leading and mentoring team members, ensuring common focus and direction is maintained
  • Identifying issues and resolving problems as it arises
  • Engaging with key QA stakeholders as required
  • Providing documentation and guidelines as needed
  • Ensuring best practice and quality of work is maintained across the development team

Any additional duties/ expectations as an employee of the company above and beyond specific job role  



  • Proven experience within a Lead Programmer role, or equivalent
  • Working knowledge of Unreal Engine, preferably UE5
  • Full cycle as lead programmer on at least one commercially released game
  • Experience in leading and providing feedback to team in a similar role
  • A strong eye for detail and excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • A strong understanding and passion for games and their development


  • Multiplayer experience


  • Fantastic team culture and working environment
  • Zero crunch culture
  • Flexible working hours
  • 25 days holiday +Bank Holidays, rising with length of service each year
  • Holiday buy back scheme
  • Annual pay reviews
  • Discretionary bonuses
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Contributory workplace pension scheme
  • Referral bonus scheme
  • Parental leave
  • Company Events, including social events, industry events, charity events and more
  • Continual training and development for all staff
  • Paid parking
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Christmas-New Year shutdown

Skyhook Games are an equal opportunities employer and is committed to having a diverse workforce and inclusive environment. Reasonable adjustments will be made for candidates with a disability.


If you feel you meet the requirements and are interested in applying for the role, please send your CV and cover letter to:  [email protected]