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Senior Gameplay Programmer
Game Development
Full Time

Senior Gameplay Programmer


At Coconut Lizard, we share our industry-leading Unreal Engine expertise with prominent developers across the globe. We have recently worked in partnership with Microsoft Rare, where it's been our pleasure to help them bring Sea of Thieves to over 15 million players on PC and Xbox since 2018.

Founded in 2015, many of our team are people who have joined us from companies like Epic Games, Ubisoft, Sumo Digital and Rockstar Games, but also from smaller games companies, University, and also non-games companies. We are fortunate enough to bring our team members all the good things about working in AAA, but with the flexibility and opportunity of working at an outsourcer. We don’t do overtime, which means we don’t do crunch, and on top of that if your application is successful we’ll be able to offer you one of the best benefits packages you’ll find in the industry, which you can find below. We became part of the Keywords Studios family in 2020, which brings us an even greater stability than we enjoyed before, plus a wider range of projects to work on.

We are situated in the Newcastle/Gateshead area. The office is only a short walk from the Metrocentre with hundreds of lunch options, a couple of miles from the cosmopolitan, bustling city of Newcastle, with the beautiful award-winning beaches of Northumberland, and historic cities of Durham and York are close at hand.

We are looking for Senior Gameplay Programmers to join our team and work on a range of exciting projects.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Developing new gameplay systems and scripts
  • Altering existing gameplay systems
  • Mentoring a small team of gameplay programmers


Coconut Lizard is a great environment to not only work but to learn and develop.

We offer the following benefits to ALL of our employees:

  • A Competitive Salary (based on UK comparisons)
  • 25 Days' Holiday Per Year PLUS Bank Holidays
  • Pension Scheme with company contribution
  • Private Medical Scheme including dental and eyecare
  • Company Social Events
  • Tech Scheme, Bike Scheme, Company Share Scheme
  • Game Vouchers
  • Death in Service and Income Protection
  • Fully Stocked Kitchen provided totally free with a selection of refreshments to suit all dietary requirements
  • Flexible Working Hours

We can offer studio based, hybrid or remote working (UK only forfully remote not internationally)

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Experience & Requirements

Skills we think you should have:

  • Excellent C++ knowledge
  • 5 years' game programming experience
  • Ability to develop scalable, efficient and portable code
  • Ability to work with, communicate well with and to lead others
  • Ability to estimate task schedules and dependencies
  • Ability to identify and fix bugs
  • Professional experience shipping at least two titles

Skills we'd like you to have:

  • Strong math skills
  • Experience with Unreal Engine and Blueprints
  • Ability to develop creative and low-cost solutions
  • Ability to communicate well with groups of varying technical background
  • A strong understanding of the interplay between systems
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