Rocksteady Studios is looking to add to its family of permanent staff. We are looking for an exceptionally talented Lead AI Programmer who is ready for the challenge of leading our AI team to identify, apply and create AI techniques and approaches to drive NPC and player behaviour in a richly detailed, reactive, and atmospheric world.


Reporting to the Technical Director, the Lead AI Programmer will manage our growing team of AI coders and drive through all aspects of an ‘AAA’ game’s AI requirements in accordance with the Technical Director’s lead. Working and managing the team every day, the Lead AI Programmer will enforce and inform the Technical Director’s vision of the project, hold reviews and provide feedback to the team, lead-by-example, and push the boundaries of AI coding for video games.


Key Responsibilities

  • Work very closely with the Game Director and other leads to understand and establish the vision and evangelise this to the team.
  • Lead a team with industry wide renown in the creative vision for the project. Conduct regular reviews and manage the coding team to excellence.
  • Be a role-model for the coders by emphasizing project and company goals, providing feedback on performance and mentoring.
  • Train coders in the team. Be well aware of the ‘state of the art’ and assess new trends and emerging techniques.
  • Manage the AI programmers on your team, including regular one-on-ones and performance reviews.
  • Manage the AI code schedule and bugs to minimise risk and ensure the smooth running of the department.
  • Oversee, advise and drive the whole AI team to ensure quality results and efficient working practices.
  • Implement AI gameplay features to a high quality.
  • Oversee all relevant documentation to the project.
  • To work closely with other departments and give direction and feedback on requirements for the AI features being implemented.

Technical Requirements

  • Advanced understanding in C/C++.
  • Experience working on and shipping at least three AAA video game titles.
  • An advanced understanding of the main gaming platforms and the requirements needed to develop software on them.
  • A good understanding of modern AI techniques as used in AAA games.
  • Unreal Engine experience an advantage.

Skill Requirements

  • Strong, demonstrable video game design skills.
  • A good understanding of game technology principles.
  • Experience defining, designing, implementing, and supporting production process for creative software teams.
  • Must be a team player and know the importance of listening to others.
  • An avid enthusiast for games on all platforms.
  • Excellent communication skills.


  • Competitive Salary
  • Private family medical care
  • Private dental care
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Annual bonus scheme
  • Long-service holiday reward
  • Brand new custom designed studio
  • World class training speakers hosted on-site
  • Access to multiple online training websites
  • Monthly team meals/outings
  • On-site subsidised Masseuse, Yoga, Life Drawing & Parking
  • Quarterly salary adjustment reviews
  • Monthly 1on1s with your Line Manager
  • Yearly Line Manager & Studio Peer Performance review process
  • Film nights in our Mocap theatre
  • Subsidised gym in the office complex
  • Discounts to WB goodies i.e. HBO, WB films, TV, Harry Potter tour
  • Staff only merchandise store
  • State of the art office with the entire 140+ team in 1 open-plan room
  • Free fruit, juices and soft drinks
  • Childcare Vouchers Scheme
  • National Rail Season Ticket Travel Loan
  • Overseas Relocation Support
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Employee Support Assistance Programme (Free personal counselling and guidance support)
  • Finder’s Fee
  • Free Eye Test & Discounted Glasses
  • Free Seasonal Flu Jab