Technical Director - Client-side Engineering

London, England, United Kingdom · Technology expand job description ↓


We are looking for a passionate director of client side development for our engineering teams in London, who will report to the VP of Technology and work alongside a senior technology leadership team. The role operates in close collaboration with the product organisation, to drive engineering excellence and supporting high performance using agile and lean methodologies.

Your teams are responsible for expanding existing functionality and developing new exciting features using Unity for mobile and in HTML5 using PlayCanvas/PixiJS for Facebook deployment.

Day to day you will manage and coach the currently 4 team leads, as well as owning and executing on business strategic goals, in collaboration with the rest of the technical organisation. You will also have a dotted reporting line to a team in Lviv, Ukraine to support HTML5 development there for live ops events.

This is a strategic role that will suit an empathetic technology leader, who can focus on driving a candid feedback culture, developing great people and cross-team practices.

Our tech stack is a complex setup with Unity/C# and integrated C++ game content for mobile and HTML5/PixiJS for web against a Ruby on Rails backend. Our development support runs on Jenkins for CI, Applivery, Git for source control, Jira/Atlassian + SmartSheets for project management.


What We'll Expect of You:

  • Ability to work closely with Product Owners, Quality Assurance, Platform teams, Server teams and other leaders to ensure the department is delivering world-class technology.
  • Foster the development of direct reports by providing coaching & setting short-term & long-term stretch goals to ensure employee growth.
  • Work with leaders and HR team to attract, onboard, and retain diverse top talent.
  • Advocate and promote modern, agile software development practices.
  • Ability to push standardisation across teams and optimize workflows in collaboration with project management.
  • Help develop and evangelise great engineering and organisational practices.
  • Grow and embody a healthy, collaborative production culture in line with Product Madness.
  • A game development background as an engineer.
  • Experience with Unity and HTML5 based clients utilized in a mobile and web environment.
  • Knowledge of good engineering practices and code architecture.
  • Experience in coaching and growing high-performing engineers.
  • Experience with managing multiple teams, and have successfully solved many of the tough organisational challenges that follow.
  • You are passionate about helping others achieve their potential.

About You:

  • A healthy interest in how things work and not just being content that it does work.
  • Being able to communicate your thoughts clearly and concisely.
  • You can steer consensus in different types of scenarios.
  • You can inspire, grow, lead and manage a team to high performance standards.
  • You are passionate about helping others achieve their potential.

About Us

Product Madness burst into life in 2007 as the brainchild of two Stanford Business MBA graduates who possessed an innate love of gaming. Initially, the entrepreneurs developed casual games for Facebook and mobile, before having a ‘light-bulb moment’ in 2009 and refocusing their efforts with laser-guided precision on the exploding social casino genre. They have been bringing world-class social slots to real slots fans ever since! Now part of Aristocrat Leisure, Product Madness have published hit titles Heart of Vegas, Cashman Casino, Lightning Link and FaFaFa on Facebook, iOS and Android platforms and have grown considerably in size over the past year with offices in London, Austin, Las Vegas and San Francisco.

Product Madness’ dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion is clearly reflected in all our content and across all our platforms. Diversity is more than a commitment at Product Madness—it is in the core values of what we do. We are fully focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, maternity, marriage or civil partnership, religion, race and all the other fascinating characteristics that make us different.

What is great about working at Product Madness?

Like all game studios, we have a fully stocked kitchen, foosball table, games room, lunches/breakfasts, beanbags to sit on and much more… but we know this isn’t what makes us unique. What makes us stand out from the crowd is the autonomy we provide our employees, the opportunity to work on top grossing titles and the professional development opportunities that everyone has access to. We understand that our employees are the key to our success and so ensure we pay above the industry standard and offer a comprehensive benefits package. That doesn’t mean to say it's all work and no play, we have a lot of fun creating games from our swanky office in Farringdon, as well as having a great social community that is truly reflective of the diverse teams we have here! So what are you waiting for, come and join the madness!


  • Up to 5% employer pension contribution with Aviva
  • Private Health insurance with Vitality
  • Full dental insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long term disability insurance
  • 25 days’ holiday
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Bonus scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Personal development & career plans
  • Relocation support
  • A rated visa sponsor
  • Study assistance program
  • Moving house day
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