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Lead Online Programmer

We are searching for a Lead Online Programmer to work on online-game backend technology in our Frankfurt, Germany studio.
The Lead Online Game Programmer will develop and enhance online-backend systems used across a variety of Crytek games. The ideal candidate has experience with online services from the perspective of real-time/game applications, working with/architecting scalable compute clusters, network traffic analysis, etc. The position involves working with cross-disciplinary groups, including interaction with game design and game programming teams.
*Required documents that allow a careful evaluation of your application are a resume, cover letter, and additional samples*
Relocation & Remote Work
For this position, you have one of the following options:
1. Come to our modern headquarters in Frankfurt and receive an attractive relocation package and have access to all of our benefits.
2. If you are already living in one of the following countries, we are able to offer you a permanent work contract and allow you to work remotely as an employee from there. 
United Kingdom
3. If you are interested in full-time remote work in any other country (max. +/- 2 hours CET), we can offer you a freelance contract arrangement.
  • Oversee the development and support of a set of reliable and high-performance online services, and help integrate them into the company’s products.
  • Work with the existing online technologies and game codebase to develop and enhance online gameplay.
  • Oversee the creation of compelling and rewarding online gameplay features.
  • Coordinate with other tech teams.
  • Take ownership of the core backend systems and maintain the vision of backend technologies and their interactions.
  • Improve the architecture of the whole system with scalability and robustness in mind.
  • Debug and optimize any module of the system.
  • Take an active role in the recruiting process for your team.
  • Own the mentoring of other Online Game Programmers.
  • Create accurate task duration estimates and complete all work on a timely basis to a consistent, high-quality standard.
  • Contribute to the documentation and (automated) testing procedures.
  • 7+ years of professional work experience as a Programmer, preferably in the games industry.
  • 1+ years of leading a team of software engineers.
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field.
  • Direct responsibility for the performance and functionality of certain server modules.
  • Excellent programming skills in C++ or Go, working experience with all. C# could be a plus, but not essential.
  • Strong Debugging/optimization skills.
  • Strong Understanding of multithreading concepts.
  • Strong Understanding of network programming concepts.
  • Programming & trouble-shooting experience in Linux-like environments.
  • Willing to accept direction, work well under pressure, and handle multiple tasks.
  • Team player and self-driven.
  • Willing to learn and grow professionally.
  • Solid English skills, good communication skills with a strong affinity for transparency.
  • Experience in the games industry.
  • Direct responsibility for the performance and functionality of certain server modules
  • Experience with Actor Model, CSP, or other concurrent programming models. // - e.g.: C# tasks, Goroutines.
  • Database programming experience (SQL and NoSQL).
  • Experience developing secure online services.
  • Experience with making multiplayer games.
What you can expect from us
Career Path 
Your professional development is important to us, so we have laid out a career plan to help you progress towards your goals and objectives. 
Company Apartment 
To help you get settled, we provide you with a fully furnished company apartment during your first three months in Frankfurt.* 
Relocation Support 
We offer a relocation budget and full coverage of flights to Frankfurt for you and your family. 
You can expect extensive assistance with visa, work permits, and communication with authorities during the relocation process, as well as help settling into Germany (e.g. setting up appointments with banks, government agencies, schools, landlords, finding apartments etc.).* 
Public Transport Pass 
Discover Frankfurt by bus, tram and metro – free of charge.* 
Gym Card 
A healthy body is a healthy mind. We offer a membership at the premium gym chain Fitness First in Germany. Work out, join group fitness classes, or relax in the wellness facilities.
International Environment 
We truly embody diversity at Crytek. With employees from over 42 different countries, we define ourselves by our cultural diversity. 
German Classes 
Understanding the local culture will make your stay abroad more enjoyable, and Crytek supports that by offering German language courses for you and your family. 
Join us on our exciting company events, including new starter breakfasts, summer and winter parties, our annual trip to Gamescom in Cologne, and many more!* 
We are all gamers: stay connected and play games with your colleagues at our remote gaming parties.
Vacation Days 
At our Frankfurt office you can enjoy 24 days of vacation per year, and every 2 years you get 1 more (up to a maximum of 28 days). You will also have on average 10 public holidays on top of the days you take off.
If you are working from another country, local standards apply.
*only applicable to employees in Frankfurt.

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