Lead Programmer (Game Platforms)

Vancouver, BC
Programming – Programming
Full-time Permanent
Blackbird Interactive is looking for a passionate and experienced programmer to join our team to be a key part of our engineering backbone working on an excited and innovative IP.

Do you want to build compelling game experiences having designed, prototyped and delivered high profile operating systems, features and tools across multiple gaming platforms? Do you love working with a small team of talented designers, artists and programmers to create ambitious in-game content?

You will be part of a small, high performing team who can crunch ideas quickly and come up with dazzling solutions to challenging problems. You will have a collaborative approach and be directly involved in the day to day decision making and ship a high quality game.


    • Manage issues related to various gaming platforms (PC, console, tablet, etc.) to ensure game is working on the operating system.
    • Supporting optimization of systems and dealing with issues such as bug fixes and systems crashes.
    • Work closely with designers to understand and refine design intentions via prototypes and rapid iteration.
    • Be the expert and owner for key areas of technology.
    • As a craft leader, guide and mentor a team of engineers to improve the whole technical team and process.
    • Collaborate continuously with art, design and technical teams to define requirements and iteratively build solutions.
    • Jump wholeheartedly into learning new technologies and systems and leverage them in creative ways to meet our technical and business needs.
    • Assess requirements and provide effort estimates to guide an evolving development plan.
    • Embrace and help improve our engineering practices for solid design, testing, and implementation.


    • 5+ years of proven game development with multiple shipped products.
    • Deep understanding of C++.
    • Experience with debugging and understanding assembly code.
    • Experience optimization of high-level and low-level systems
    • Self direction and a proven ability to thrive in a highly dynamic environment.
    • Strong inter-disciplinary collaboration skills, including verbal and written skills.
    • Proven ability or interest in team leadership.


    • Experience shipping AAA games on multiple platforms.
    • Experience with Unity 3D, Unreal, or other similar full-featured game engine.
    • Appreciation of hardware and low level systems.
    • Console development experience.
    • Mobile / tablet experience.
    • Strategy game development experience.
    • Demonstrated passion for games and technology.

At Blackbird, we're all about being true to our roots. We started small in our CEO's garage, and even though we're expanding, our desire is to stick to that foundation of creativity, community, and collaboration. Our team has proved that great ideas can come from any position in any discipline, so it's important to us to make sure every voice is heard.
Work/life balance is extremely important to us, and we've demonstrated that over the years by severely limiting over-time requirements. We want people to be happy about coming to work every day, and to that end we offer lots of opportunities for growth and development--whether it's lunch and learns, team events, or our generous vacation days, paid holiday closure and flexible schedules. We also try to provide every opportunity possible for our employees to spearhead R&D initiatives through our BlackOps program. In short, don't expect to feel like a cog in a machine working for BBI. 
Must be eligible and available for Full Time & On-site work in Vancouver, BC.
Please send a cover letter with your resume and application. If applying for an artistic role, please provide a link to your portfolio and/or demo reel.

Blackbird Interactive is committed to diversity and building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an equal opportunity employer we encourage applications from all qualified individuals. BBI does not discriminate against applicants based on genders, races, national and ethnic origins, religions, ages, sexual orientation, marital and family status, and/or mental or physical disabilities.