Java DevOps Engineer, SQL

Dovetail Games
Excellent work-life balance, free parking, pension
29 Nov 2016
27 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

At Dovetail Games we are passionate about empowering our people to build beautiful worlds, create breath-taking games and do the best work of their career. We are growing fast, developing our games using cutting edge technology and across multiple platforms, and we have big ambitions to become the Number 1 Simulation Entertainment Company in the World.

To help achieve this ambition, we are launching 'Dovetail Live' - a programme operating to deliver long term value and insights into the company and its franchises via:

  • The acquisition and segmentation of customer data
  • The building of engagement and loyalty programmes for customer retention purposes
  • Deep analytical understanding of customer behaviours within and around our game franchises

The Dovetail Live Engineer will play a key part in ensuring the implementation of the programme vision, working with the Privacy & Security Specialist to maintain integrity of all sensitive data, and work closely with the game development teams creating API's within game experiences.

Key responsibilities:

  • Full life cycle DevOps - architect, design, implement, test, continuous integration and maintenance
  • Work with Programme Manager and Principal Online Architect to ensure implementation of Dovetail Live programme vision
  • Work closely with game development teams to create APIs and toolkits that can be surfaced and used within the game experiences for 2-way data flow
  • Work closely with Privacy and Security specialist to ensure utmost integrity of all sensitive data and information and ensure high standards are maintained at all times
  • Understand business needs and interpret programme vision to be able to advise on "best fit" solutions that work for all parties
  • Work closely with Web Developer to ensure back end data can be surfaced through front end systems in a meaningful and clear way
  • Be familiar with all projects already released and in development to be able to create "best-fit" technical solutions that provide access to the online data for individual game teams
  • Be closely aware of the technologies and features being implemented in each product to ensure Dovetail Live compliments and supports those in the best way possible

Key attributes:

Essential experience

  • J2EE specialising in Servlets
  • High Traffic backend Web Services
  • SQL and NoSQL
  • OAuth, OIDC (ideally keycloak) Encryption and Security
  • Complete System Lifecycle (Design thru Deployment & Maintenance)
  • Working in a similar remit in the games/software (or parallel) industry

Desirable experience

  • A degree in a relevant subject
  • Caching and CDN technology
  • Ideally Google App Engine or similar Scaling technology
  • Google BigQuery
  • Tableau or similar visualisation systems
  • Container technology & Clusters
  • MVC Methods
  • Modern frontend tech (Javascript + Angular or similar)
  • Broad cloud technology and experience of providers
  • Unit, integration, functional and load testing + supporting tech
  • Linux and various distros
  • Steam, Xbox Live, PSN technical understanding
  • Continual Integration
  • Source control (Perforce, Git)
  • UML
  • UE4 or similar game engine
  • C++ and ideally, game development
  • Working with Wordpress and PHP

Why work for us?

  • Recently announced in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100
  • Winners of the KEiBA 2015 Technology Business of the Year
  • Developing games across multiple platforms using cutting edge technology
  • 31 days off per year (including bank holidays), increasing with service
  • Excellent work-life balance
  • Pension scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Eye-care vouchers
  • Free parking
  • Regular social and sporting activities

We are committed to promoting equal opportunities and diversity, and all applicants will be considered on their merit, qualifications, competence and talent regardless of any protected characteristics. However, we are currently unable to employ anyone who does not have the legal right to live and work in the UK.

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