Frostbite AI Systems Technical Director

Location: Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

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Requisition Number: 158714

Position Title: Technical Director I

External Description:

We are EA

Electronic Arts Inc. is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. EA delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and tablets.

At EA, we exist to Inspire the World to Play. We create amazing experiences for our players everywhere and we consider our players’ experiences first in everything we do.  Creating transformational experiences requires constant innovation and brilliant, passionate people. We are developing extraordinary new game experiences by bringing together great people that combine creativity, technology, and expertise to deliver new ways to play. EA is driving the next revolution in games. Join us!

The Frostbite Engine

Frostbite is EA’s state-of-the-art, multi-platform game development engine. We empower creators to shape the future of gaming and we achieve this by developing leading-edge engine features and world-class tools. Our talented team from across the globe is dedicated to building innovative technology and working closely with each other to ship amazing games. Frostbite powers some of the most stunning games in the industry along with deep player experiences.

We are looking for passionate, motivated and talented engineers to join our elite team distributed in Frostbite Romania and the UK. You would be working as part of a highly skilled team, directly engaged with game teams around the globe to deliver outstanding innovation and performance on PS4, Xbox One, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android and new platforms as they emerge. The role will enable you to grow your experience and skills with a cutting-edge game engine, shape the future of parts of this engine, as well the opportunity to travel to other EA locations and work directly with studios around the globe. 

The Role

The role is for a technical director for a diverse team of engineers. This role will work closely with peers from game studios to help design, architect & implement AI systems for Frostbite.

The role has expectations of technical leadership for gameplay AI technology and Machine Learning in the Frostbite engine, as well as driving processes and tools for improving productivity of engineers and quality and performance of the code. You will be intimately working with data-driven workflows, crowd systems, debugging tools, behavior trees, pathfinding, client-server networking, asynchronous gameplay systems, animation and machine learning technology.

You will be interacting with game studios engineers from all over EA, Frostbite technical leaders and partnering closely with engineering management, program management and product management to ensure the successful planning and execution of the work.

An ideal candidate should have professional knowledge of general gameplay technologies for game development, should have the experience of going through complete lifecycles for game titles or game engine development and should have previous experience in setting technical direction for one or more teams.

The Technical Skills We’re Looking for in the Ideal Candidate

  • Fluency in the C++ language and various extensions such as STL
  • Multithreaded programming and debugging experience
  • Command of the OOP design patterns
  • Proven experience of designing complex software systems
  • Understanding of multi-platform portability challenges
  • Exposure to complete lifecycles of video game titles or game engine releases
  • Exposure to gameplay AI features such as pathfinding, navigation mesh generation, group tactics, planners, positioning, cover systems, behavior trees, crowds and NPC control
  • A keen interest in Machine Learning and in the runtime deployment of trained models
  • Experience in designing UI elements using the C# language and WPF framework is a plus

The Teamwork and Process Skills We’re Looking for in the Ideal Candidate

  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with team members on a common code base
  • Great communication skills to be able to work with different individuals and teams; to be able to communicate progress and results and participate effectively in technical and project discussions
  • Passion for good workflows and well-architected software
  • Passion for code testability, quality user and developer-level documentation
  • Versed in review processes, in delivering and acting on review feedback for code, design and documentation
  • The ability to adapt quickly and effectively to change (i.e. project, team, business-level)
  • Proven ability of technical leadership and mentoring of more junior colleagues
  • Stakeholder management and customer communication skills
  • People management experience and having worked with direct reports is a plus
  • Experience of Agile (Scrum) and of related software tools is a plus.

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Electronic Arts Inc. is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. EA delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and tablets.

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Date Opened: 2019-11-20 09:29:41.37

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