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Games Developer

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Employer Sparx
Category Development
Salary £28-55k dependent on experience (plus generous benefits and relo
Type Permanent
Location UK - South West

Games Developer


Location: Sparx Head Office in Exeter.

Term: Full time, Permanent.

Salary: £28-55k dependent on experience (plus generous benefits and relocation package).

Reporting to: Technical Director.

Deadline for applications: 29th November 2013.


About Sparx

Sparx is revolutionising the way students learn and teachers teach. In a big way. We’re developing an extraordinary new technology for the classroom that is redefining the limits of what young people can achieve.

Our platform for Maths uses custom built content and a powerful, data-driven mobile framework to deliver a tailored set of exercises, games and incentives to the student.

We’re looking for people with a deep passion for education and a belief in the power of technology to improve it. Things move fast at Sparx so we need people who assume excellence is a given and who are ambitious, creative, and effortlessly knowledgeable in their field. People who want a challenge; people who want to make a difference.


Job description

As a Games Developer at Sparx, you’ll be the one that makes work look like play. Your one mission is to make learning as awesome, fun and addictive as it can be. You’ll use your flair for making great games to get young people motivated and loving learning and, as a result, truly transform their futures.

You’ll be responsible for designing, programming and testing high quality games to run on a tablet platform (we currently work on iPads) for a variety of topics. Your games will need to get under the skin of what makes young people tick and, working closely with the expert team around you, uncover exactly what’s going to help them get over each obstacle in understanding that they face.


About you

You’ve got a brilliant and established technical background, that’s a given. And a good few years of work in the games industry under your belt. You’ll have been playing games since a young age and trying to develop better ones since you worked out where the ‘P’ goes in programming. With a minimum 2:1 in a relevant technical degree, you’ll be fluent in programming languages – whether it be C++, Objective C, Python, Ruby, Java, Klingon machine code…take your pick. But you’ll also be a quick enough learner to be able to teach yourself whatever you need to do the best job.

What we’re really interested in is your imagination, human insight, energy and desire to use gaming to really make a difference to people’s lives. You are intrigued by what it is about a game that keeps people tuned in and coming back for more.  You’ve studied and analysed all the best games and have an encyclopedic knowledge of how they were developed and how technology has evolved to enhance gaming.

You might have been working on your own previously, or with a group of people, but you know you’ll find a home in our dynamic and eclectic team. You’ll be obsessed with reaching perfection and finding simple but elegant solutions to highly complex problems.

Things are always changing at Sparx so we need people who can keep up.  You don’t have to be a specialist in education or a particular school subject – you just need to know how to make a beautiful game.


Our team

We work hard, and we play hard. You’ll be able to see Dartmoor from your office window, and get to the beach in 20 minutes.

Our generous benefits include substantial holiday leave and the chance to join our share scheme and company pension once you’ve completed your probationary period. We also have a range of on-site facilities for all employees to use free of charge. There’s a netball court and a five-a-side football pitch just outside, an on-site gym with classes throughout the day, a running track and pool table, a 2012 Olympic table tennis table and a free café serving delicious and organic food. On top of this, we’re constantly organising events and activities to support our charities, and to socialise.

We trust our team and want them to work in the way that suits them best; whether that’s flexible hours, working from home or creating brilliance while wearing flip flops. Finally, pick your technical set up and we’ll get it - whatever works for you.

To find out more, and to see the other roles we are recruiting for, please visit our website at www.sparx.co.uk.


Apply now

If you think you’ve got what it takes then tell us about yourself by applying now. You can apply online by visiting our careers site www.sparx.co.uk/ignite.