Senior Gameplay Programmer

Specialising in AAA PC and console games development, Red Kite has a proven track record in the creation of cutting-edge games across varying genres.

Having set up home in the beautiful Grade-II listed Park Row House in Leeds city centre, Red Kite continues to develop top-quality games for multiple world-class publishing partners such as Sony, Microsoft, Activision, 2K, SEGA, Warner Bros., Epic, 505, Rare, Rocksteady, Codemasters, Sharkmob, Mediatonic and Remedy.

Several titles include Exoborne, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, Hogwarts Legacy, Fall Guys, Mafia: Definitive Edition, Mafia III: Definitive Edition, Control Ultimate Edition, Two Point Hospital, Knockout City, Battletoads, Crackdown 3, Payday 2, Team Sonic Racing, DiRT 4 and God of War III: Remastered.

It is a very exciting time to join Red Kite; not only are we working on multiple high-profile games, we are also developing our own IP. Here is what we can tell you about, we are:

  • Partnered with Sharkmob on the upcoming tactical open world extraction shooter, Exoborne
  • Continuing to support Warner Bros. on multiple titles
  • Collaborating with Mediatonic working on the smash-hit, Fall Guys
  • Working on 2 high-profile AAA 1st person shooters in UE5
  • Developing Red Kite's first original game

One of the most interesting aspects to working at Red Kite is the diversity of projects present within the studio and we constantly find ourselves pushing the boundaries when it comes to the gameplay that we are creating and the technologies that we are engineering.

The Role @ Red Kite Games

Red Kite are working on a variety of exciting open world AAA games and has a fantastic opportunity for an experienced gameplay programmer to strengthen and shape one of our teams.

In this role you will be expected to implement and take ownership of key game features, in collaboration with our multi-disciplined development teams.

Your knowledge and expertise will also be invaluable in supporting projects across a multitude of platforms, genres and game areas.

In your new role you will:

  • Collaborate with the design team to create, iterate and deliver gameplay mechanics
  • Implement well-engineered, reliable, scalable and maintainable code across a variety of projects
  • Follow best practices, development processes, documentation and coding standards
  • Mentor less experienced people, sharing knowledge and best practices with the team
  • Assist in planning your work and the work of others
  • Want to work in-studio alongside a very social and close-knit team

To be successful you will have:

  • Shipped multiple titles with at least one AAA game in a key position
  • Excellent C++ programming skills
  • A desire to solve problems
  • Programmed across a range of gameplay mechanics
  • A passion for games and game technology

Experience in any of these areas may be advantageous but not essential:

  • Prior console development experience
  • Leveraging tools and systems within Unreal or Unity to deliver gameplay mechanics
  • Adoption of efficient development methodologies (e.g. continuous integration, automated testing, tools pipelines, etc.)

Red Kite is located in central Leeds, a major UK city connected to London by rapid rail links and the M1 motorway – plus the rest of the world via Leeds Bradford airport. It's home to some of the best restaurants, bars and museums in the North of England, and is within easy reach of spectacular countryside (the Yorkshire Moors and Bronte Country), historical York and the Yorkshire East coast (you should definitely check out Whitby and Runswick Bay).

Nurturing Red Kite's studio culture is at the heart of everything we do, which has been recognised by the following awards:

  • - Best Places To Work 2022
  • Best Companies - A World Class, 3 star place to work
  • TIGA STAR Award for excellence

At Red Kite we employ a personable and engaging interview process that allows us to get to you know you, your skills and your potential. It also allows you to get a feel for our studio and culture. For all roles we have a three-stage interview process:

  • 1st Stage: An initial discussion with our recruitment team
  • 2nd Stage: A video call with relevant Red Kite team members
  • 3rd Stage: A studio visit or an informal ‘meet the team’ video call if more appropriate

Red Kite is a social studio – the team regularly gather for socials, game nights, film nights, to play sports and much more – making this a great place to build a career whilst making friends...and let us not forget Red Kite's legendary Summer BBQ and our epic Christmas party!

Red Kite's studio is relaxed and friendly. Every team member has the opportunity to shine and we pride ourselves on providing a positive social atmosphere, facilitated by shared interest groups, wide-ranging clubs and charity fundraising events. Red Kite are proud supporters of the gaming charity SpecialEffect.

Red Kite works closely with our employee diversity group, PRISM, which exists to promote diversity, inclusion, equity, equality and wellbeing across the studio. We continue to work to improve diversity in our recruitment and promotion processes, and actively encourage people from marginalised groups to consider a career in the games industry.

Come join the team, build a rewarding career, and help to make great games with a lovely bunch of talented people!

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We offer a superb flexible benefits package – which includes but is not limited to:

Annual Bonus


Life Assurance & Income Protection



Including 'work from home and finish early on Fridays’


27 Days Holiday (Minimum)

Including your birthday, Duvet Days and Christmas Eve


Employee Assistance Programme

Including health, mental health and wellbeing support


5 Learning & Development Days per year

Including Udemy Access


Enhanced Maternity/Paternity/Adoption Leave


Relocation Support & Visa Sponsorship