Lead Unreal Engineer

Special Projects is a dedicated team within the Oscar winning Weta Digital VFX facility which focuses on using real time technology to enable film makers to create new forms of entertainment and create new opportunities for creative freedom.

The Special Projects development team is seeking a Lead Software Engineer with experience leading a team and managing people. You will be working closely with world renowned film makers and artists, and truly pushing the limits of technology.

As a Lead Unreal Engineer within the Special Projects team you will:

  • Serve as a leader, advisor and role model for the software development team;
  • Be a key part in the development of real time projects and the technologies that drive them;
  • Collaborate on multiple areas of a project: prototyping to production tooling, game logic to new graphics techniques to low level optimization;
  • Work with cutting edge unreleased software, developing techniques and tools to create high-quality real-time content;
  • Work closely with the team of artists and film makers to solve novel problems;
  • Write clear, maintainable, scalable, and highly functional code;
  • Be able to tackle editor, real-time engine, build or tool problems as they arise;
  • Have a passion for emerging creative technologies and integrating them into Unreal Engine.

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • Experience in a Senior or Lead Artist role managing a team;
  • Several years professional experience as software developer using or writing game engines;
  • Excellent software engineering skills, including the ability to design, implement, debug and optimize software;
  • Experience optimizing both memory consumption and execution speed;
  • Experience mentoring, leading and guiding team members to a common goal;
  • Experience using Unreal Engine;
  • Communicate clearly, work well in teams, and be able to work smartly, quickly and efficiently in time sensitive situations;
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, innovative and creative environment;
  • Have a passion for emerging creative technologies.

Weta Digital is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate our diversity and believe in creating an environment where all our crew feel welcomed, respected, supported and appreciated.

This opportunity extends to applicants living & able to work in New Zealand; and also remote contract options are available for applicants residing & legal to work remotely in Australia, Canada, United States, United Kingdom and Europe.

New Zealand borders remain closed to foreign travellers until further notice, however there are now a number of specific roles for which we are seeking exemptions to permit non-resident crew to enter, live & work in New Zealand. Our preferred international candidate would be comfortable considering relocating to NZ for the duration of their contract.

If this sounds like you, apply today!

Location: Wellington

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