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Living and Working in Brighton

Brighton, Brighton, Brighton. Where to start? This is the most vibrant seaside resort in England and a high point in any visit to the region.

In summer its pebbled shoreline throngs with sunbathers and beachside bars fizzle with energy and music. A multitude of trendy restaurants, slick boutique hotels and shops catering to every taste jam the streets leading back from the sea. The city’s nightlife is legendary and more concentrated than its rivals in London and Manchester. Family fun, high-brow culture, an exuberant gay population and cutting-edge club scene all mingle into one good-time getaway not to miss.

Don’t listen to the folk that call Brighton little London-on-the-Sea. However cosmopolitan it has become, this is a place with a character and quirkiness all its own. It has embraced the outlandish ever since the Prince Regent built his party palace here in the 19th century. And these days anyone can join in the fun. Celebrities rub shoulders with dreadlocked hippies, drag queens party next to designer-clad urbanites, couples stroll past fishermen and kids toddle around the tables of coffee-quaffing media types. It’s a city with a devil-may-care attitude: from its edgy cool underbelly to its hedonistic highs, its chic gloss to its seedy Soho glam, its candy floss frolics to its Bohemian detachment. Mix all its flavours together to get one heady cocktail, and a place for everyone in the shaker.

Available Jobs

Project Manager

Working with one of the world’s leading casinos, West Pier Studio are currently looking for an experienced Project Manager to help develop and bring fantastically brilliant web and mobile games to millions of players around the world.

Apply: jobs -at- westpierstudio -dot- com

Job Description
You must have at least 2-3 years’ experience managing complete life cycle for software projects in a customer facing environment. Applicants must have excellent experience and knowledge of Agile software development, JIRA project tracking software, effective communication and organisational skills alongside a passion for the gaming or games industry.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a growing company on global titles, so if you’re sharp-minded and passionate about making great games, please get in touch.

Desired Skills and Experience
• Experience in managing a complete life cycle of software projects in a customer facing environment. Partner liaison and management will be a key part of the role.
• Experience managing multiple projects in parallel within an Agile development environment.
• Project and bug tracking software i.e. JIRA.
• Confidence with different development technologies and understand design and QA processes.
• Previously worked in a highly compliance based industry i.e. Finance, Banking, Insurance or Gambling.
• Experience within the gambling industry would be desirable but not essential.

What West Pier Offer
• Flexible and fair working hours
• Competitive day rate
• Social events
• A friendly, focused and relaxed working environment
• Ongoing training and development with career progression
• Excellent central Brighton location, based a short walk from the seafront, Brighton rail station, the lanes and some of the cities most sought after coffee shops, restaurants and bars

Salary: £Negotiable DOE

QA – Functionality Tester

We are looking for a Functionality Tester to join our in-house QA team in our Brighton studio.

Apply: jobs -at- westpierstudio -dot- com

Job Description
We are looking for a Functionality Tester to join our in-house QA team in our Brighton studio. As our Functionality Tester, your duties will include:

• Finding, reporting and tracking bugs in databases
• Vetting bugs and general bug database maintenance
• Working through test plans for the QA team and tracking progress to ensure the software has appropriate QA coverage
• Working closely with our development team and providing feedback when required
• Regression testing – to ensure that content published is in a bug free and stable state
• Attending daily SCRUM meetings to retain all information needed to work effectively in the role
• Any other ad-hoc requests

Required Skills
• Experience with iOS, Android and Web Games QA
• Experience working closely and communicating with internal and external QA and development teams
• The ability to learn new processes and tools quickly and effectively
• Fluent with the use of bug databases
• Ability to think logically and analyse problems

Desirable Skills
• Gambling Industry experience or a genuine interest in playing slots and or casual / social games
• Games production experience, with at least one published gaming or casual / social game title

What West Pier Offer
• Flexible and fair working hours
• Competitive day rate
• Monthly social events
• A friendly, focused and relaxed working environment
• Ongoing training and development with career progression
• Excellent central Brighton location, based a short walk from the seafront, Brighton rail station, the lanes and some of the cities most sought after coffee shops, restaurants and bars

Salary: £Negotiable DOE

SLOT GAME DESIGNER / MATHEMATICIAN

West Pier Studio is a developer of engaging slots / casino games for one of the world’s largest and entertaining online gaming companies. Founded by a team of experienced games developers, West Pier partnered with Gamesys and its portfolio of the most recognized ventures in the industry, including Jackpotjoy, Virgin Games, Virgin Casino, Monopoly Casino, Sun Bingo, Botemania, Starspins, Tropicana Atlantic City, Caesers, Fabulous Bingo and Heart Bingo.

Apply: jobs -at- westpierstudio -dot- com

Job Description
We’re looking for an experienced Slots Game Designer to design West Pier Studio slot / casino game math, game design documents and visual specs for immersive social and mobile games. You will be expected to drive the design, game math and feature strategy on emerging game models and mechanics. The ideal candidate is able to both drive business results and create fun experiences for users.

Responsibilities:
• Create mathematical models for slot / casino games
• Create and adapt game features, new ideas
• Tune and model using Excel
• Create and maintain storyboards, wireframes, and design documents to communicate new features
• Work with developers to test and verify game math model simulations
• Analyse metrics / feedback to derive insights and adjust game designs accordingly
• Remain up-to-date with casino game design trends
• Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams and providing specifications for other members of team

Requirements:
• 3+ years designing mathematical models for slot and casino games
• Designed mathematical models for at least 3 successful slot games, including multi-bonus slot games
• Extensive knowledge of real money or social casino games and player psychology
• Advanced Excel skills
• Programming experience in the area of probability and statistics in an object-oriented language, • such as C++, Java, or C#
• Skills with one or more art/wireframing tools
• Demonstrated ability to work in a creative and collaborative, interrupt-driven work environment
• Passion for gaming; avid gamer with solid understanding of game development and game genres
• Strong understanding of game balance and game pacing
• Ability to multi-task and work on more than one game at a time
• Self-direction, drive, and leadership
• Bachelors Degree in Math, Statistics, Economy, Engineering, or Computer Science; or demonstrated expertise in combinatorics, probability, and statistics

Additional Information
This is a full-time contract role based in our Brighton office, contracts range from 6 – 12 months, permanent positions are also available to the right candidates.

What West Pier Offer
• Flexible and fair working hours
• Competitive salary
• Attractive holiday packages
• Monthly social events
• A friendly, focused and relaxed working environment
• Ongoing training and development with career progression
• Excellent central Brighton location, based a short walk from the seafront, Brighton rail station, the lanes and some of the cities most sought after coffee shops, restaurants and bars

Salary: £Negotiable DOE

Unity3D Programmer

We are looking for experienced C# Developers with Unity 3D to work on a variety of projects in an Agile development environment.

Apply: jobs -at- westpierstudio -dot- com

Job Description
We are looking for experienced C# Developers with Unity 3D to work on a variety of projects in an Agile development environment. The roles will likely entail working in various areas of the projects, including UI, 2D and 3D tools and rendering code. We also integrate tightly with back-end services, therefore experience of working with PHP, ASP .NET and .NET services and databases is also beneficial.

Skills Range
The ideal candidate will have strong C# knowledge and experience, a good working knowledge of Unity 3D, experience with version control systems and a good understanding of 3D graphics and vector maths. A good understanding of software architecture and design is also a must.

• C# and Unity 3D
• Good knowledge of object-oriented coding principles essential
• A good appreciation of effective user interface design

Additional Information
This is a full-time contract role based in our Brighton office, contracts range from 6 – 12 months, permanent positions are also available to the right candidates.

What West Pier Offer
• Flexible and fair working hours
• Competitive salary
• Attractive holiday packages
• Monthly social events
• A friendly, focused and relaxed working environment
• Ongoing training and development with career progression
• Excellent central Brighton location, based a short walk from the seafront, Brighton rail station, the lanes and some of the cities most sought after coffee shops, restaurants and bars

Salary: £Negotiable DOE

Javascript Developer

We’re currently developing fantastically brilliant multi-platform games for one of the world’s leading casinos. Working with JavaScript you will be developing games that will be played by millions across iOS, Android and the Web.

Apply: jobs -at- westpierstudio -dot- com

Job Description
We’re currently developing fantastically brilliant multi-platform games for one of the world’s leading casinos. Working with JavaScript you will be developing games that will be played by millions across iOS, Android and the Web.

Required Skills
• JavaScript
• Strong 2D Maths
• Software design patterns
• Object-oriented coding principles
• Understanding of source control management
• Time management

Desirable Skills
• Experience in either LUA, AS3 or WebGL
• Industry experience in cross platform game development.
• Experience with source control software i.e. GitHub
• Experience of build processes i.e. Hudson / Bamboo
• Unit testing
• Gambling Industry experience

We also value good initiative and the ability to work hard under pressure in a dynamic multi-disciplined team environment.

What West Pier Offer
• Flexible and fair working hours
• Competitive salary
• Attractive holiday packages
• Monthly social events
• A friendly, focused and relaxed working environment
• Ongoing training and development with career progression
• Excellent central Brighton location, based a short walk from the seafront, Brighton rail station, the lanes and some of the cities most sought after coffee shops, restaurants and bars

Salary: £Negotiable DOE

Game Illustrator / Designer

We’re looking for super passionate and talented game illustrators / designers to join us in developing fantastically brilliant multi-platform games from concept to final implementation.

Apply: jobs -at- westpierstudio -dot- com

Job Description
We’re looking for super passionate and talented game illustrators / designers to join us in developing fantastically brilliant multi-platform games from concept to final implementation. Note: The role offers flexibility to work remotely or within our office on a freelance basis.

Required Skills
• All round excellence in design and digital illustration.
• Understanding and experience with 2D animation.
• An ability to generate quick concepts and realize ideas.
• Have a very creative and imaginative mind-set
• Eye for composition and colour.
• Possess a stunning and up to date portfolio.
• Examples of self-initiated projects.
• An understanding of multi-platform development.
• Ability to follow existing styles and brand guidelines.

Technical Skills  
• Adobe creative cloud
• Illustrator
• Photoshop
• Flash

Desirable Skills  
• Games UI experience and game logo creation.
• Digital painting
• After effects
• 3D

What West Pier Offer
• Flexible and fair working hours
• Competitive salary
• Attractive holiday packages
• Monthly social events
• A friendly, focused and relaxed working environment
• Ongoing training and development with career progression
• Excellent central Brighton location, based a short walk from the seafront, Brighton rail station, the lanes and some of the cities most sought after coffee shops, restaurants and bars

Salary: £Negotiable DOE

Graduate Programmers

From lead positions through to graduate level we are looking to fill a number of broad reaching roles. We are currently engaged with a number of partners with our work ranging from Native Mobile development, Unity 3D and HTML5.

Apply: jobs -at- westpierstudio -dot- com

Job Description
We are looking to fill a number of broad reaching graduate roles. We are currently engaged with a number of partners with our work ranging from Native Mobile development, Unity 3D and JavaScript.

The successful candidate will join an experienced development team and will gain industry-leading experience on various emerging platforms.

Skills Range
Whilst we do not expect experience in all of the skills listed below, this is representative of the requirements of our active and upcoming projects.

• Good knowledge of object-oriented coding principles essential
• Unity 3D with C#
• C#
• JavaScript
• Strong 2D Maths
• C++ and Objective-C
• iOS and Android development

We also value good initiative and the ability to work hard under pressure in a dynamic multi-disciplined team environment.

What West Pier Offer
• Flexible and fair working hours
• Competitive salary
• Attractive holiday packages
• Monthly social events
• A friendly, focused and relaxed working environment
• Ongoing training and development with career progression
• Excellent central Brighton location, based a short walk from the seafront, Brighton rail station, the lanes and some of the cities most sought after coffee shops, restaurants and bars

Salary: £Negotiable DOE

User Interface / User Experiance Designer

We are looking for a super talented User Interface Designer (UI) with a solid understanding of User Experience (UX) to help us design and develop fantastically brilliant multi-platform games for one of the world’s leading casinos.

Apply: jobs -at- westpierstudio -dot- com

Job Description
We are looking for a super talented User Interface Designer (UI) with a solid understanding of User Experience (UX) to help us design and develop fantastically brilliant multi-platform games for one of the world’s leading casinos.

Required Skills
• Experience creating UI Design, Motion Graphics and UX
• Experience in developing for web and mobile platforms
• A portfolio demonstrating a wide variety of UI and Graphic Design work
• Awareness of current design trends
• Ability to adapt to a broad range of artistic styles
• Ability to create quality 2D animations
• Proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Flash

Desirable Skills
• Gambling Industry experience or a genuine interest in playing slots and or casual / social games
• Games production experience, with at least one published gaming or casual / social game title

What West Pier Offer
• Flexible and fair working hours
• Competitive salary
• Attractive holiday packages
• Monthly social events
• A friendly, focused and relaxed working environment
• Ongoing training and development with career progression
• Excellent central Brighton location, based a short walk from the seafront, Brighton rail station, the lanes and some of the cities most sought after coffee shops, restaurants and bars

Salary: £Negotiable DOE