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

2D Artist / Illustrator

Working with one of the world’s leading casinos, West Pier Studio has developed a portfolio of exciting and highly successful games, enjoyed by millions of players around the world.

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.

Apply: jobs -at- westpierstudio -dot- com

Job Description
We are looking for a 2D Artist / Illustrator to join our Slots and Casino team. Working on our latest games, you will collaborate daily with other artists and developers and be responsible for creating a wide variety of digital artwork, ranging from environment and character art, logos and UI elements from concept to final implementation.

This is an excellent position for an experienced or aspiring 2D Artist. The role is ideally suited to a freelancer prepared to work within our office. Full-time / permanent position may also be available to the right candidate.

Required Skills
• All round excellence in design and digital illustration.
• Digital painting
• 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.
• Understanding and experience with 2D animation.
• After effects
• 3D

What West Pier Offer
• Flexible and fair working hours
• Competitive day rate / salary
• 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

Artworker

Working with one of the world’s leading casinos, West Pier Studio has developed a portfolio of exciting and highly successful games, enjoyed by millions of players around the world.

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.

Apply: jobs -at- westpierstudio -dot- com

Job Description
The Artworker will act as a bridge between game artist and developer to produce the best looking games on all platforms. The day-to-day role will consist of re-purposing existing assets created by game artists to the set asset pipeline for desktop, table and smartphone games. You will be responsible for the delivery and quality control of a high volume of online graphics. There will also be opportunities for The Artworker to create and contribute their own assets into the pipeline.

This role would idealy suit a graduate or someone looking to move into the games industry.

Required Skills
• Re-export existing desktop game assets for tablet and smartphone.
• Must be able to follow the set asset pipeline and to find the best way to optimise assets for any given game.
• Display an excellent attention to detail and work to pixel perfect finish where necessary.
• Be fully proficient with Adobe Creative Suite, especially Illustrator and Photoshop
• Ability to collaborate with developers to realise a product to completion.
• Strong typography and layout skills.
• Must be very organized and able to adhere to set file structures and templates.
• Be good at problem solving.
• Have mobile experience coupled with desktop & tablet experience

Technical Skills
• Adobe creative cloud
• Illustrator
• Photoshop

Desirable Skills
• Have knowledge of HTML, CSS or an enthusiasm to learn the basics.
• Games UI experience and game logo creation.

What West Pier Offer
• Flexible and fair working hours
• Competitive day rate / salary
• 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

Java Developer

Working with one of the world’s leading casinos, West Pier Studio has developed a portfolio of exciting and highly successful games, enjoyed by millions of players around the world.

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.

Apply: jobs -at- westpierstudio -dot- com

Job Description
This is an excellent position for an experienced or aspiring game developer. We are looking for a server side game developer with Java experience to join our Slots and Casino team. Working on a brand new Remote Gaming System, you will collaborate daily with our front end developers and be responsible for creating server side code for our fun and beautiful games.

Responsibilities
• Design and develop slots and casino server side game code
• Work directly with the front end team in implementation
• Establish and implement tools and processes
• Actively participate in design

Essential Skills
• Core server side Java 8 development
• Spring framework
• Robust code tested with good development testing practices, such as unit and integration testing
• Source control software, such as git
• Build tools, such as Maven
• Good understanding of software development principles and design patterns

Desired
• Experience in the gambling or gaming industry
• Working on high-volume websites
• Comfortable with unix style commands
• Concurrent programming and threading
• Relational databases and SQL
• University degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a related field

Your Profile
• Collaborates effectively with other team members
• Work with your own initiative and are accountable for your deliverables, within the team’s guidelines
• Can estimate and agree deadlines
• Embrace best software engineering practices and tools; TDD, CI, SOLID etc
• Understanding of software development life-cycle, Agile software design principles and build processes

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

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

Slot Mathematician / Designer

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 Mathematician to work on our slot / casino game math, where you will be expected to drive the game math and feature strategy on emerging game models and mechanics.

Responsibilities:
• Create mathematical models for slot / casino games
• Create and adapt game features, new ideas
• Tune and model using Excel
• 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#
• 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
• Bachelors Degree in Math, Statistics, Economy, Engineering, or Computer Science; or demonstrated expertise in combinatorics, probability, and statistics

Additional Information
This is a freelance contract role based either remotely or 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
• Social events
• A friendly, focused and relaxed working environment
• 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

2D Animator / Motion Graphics Artist

Working with one of the world’s leading casinos, West Pier Studio has developed a portfolio of exciting and highly successful games, enjoyed by millions of players around the world.

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.

Apply: jobs -at- westpierstudio -dot- com

Job Description
We are looking for a 2D Animator / Motion Graphics Artist to join our Slots and Casino team. Working on our latest games, you will collaborate daily with other artists and developers and be responsible for creating a wide variety of 2D Animations, Character Animations and Motion Graphics from concept to final implementation.

This is an excellent position for an experienced or aspiring Animator / Artist. The role is ideally suited to a freelancer prepared to work within our office, full-time / permanent position may also be available to the right candidate.

Essential Skills
• Traditional Key-frame Animation
• 2D Digital Animation
• Motion Graphics
• Character animation
• Story Boarding

Desired
• Experience in the gambling or games industry
• Traditional Painting
• Digital Painting
• 3D
• Audio Design

Software
• After Effects
• Spine
• Photoshop
• Adobe Creative Suite

Your Profile
• Collaborates effectively with other team members
• Work with your own initiative and are accountable for your deliverables, within the team’s guidelines
• Can estimate and agree deadlines

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

Graduate User Interface Designer

We are looking for a super talented Graduate User Interface Designer with an understanding of User Experience Design to help us develop fantastically brilliant multi-platform applications and games.

Apply: jobs -at- westpierstudio -dot- com

Required Skills
• Has studied Graphic Design, adaptive Web Design and or User Interface Design for mobile devices.
• A portfolio demonstrating a variety of User Interface and Graphic Design work.
• Awareness of current graphic design trends.
• Ability to adapt to a broad range of artistic styles.
• Proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator.
• Good technical ability.
• Keen to learn how to apply Graphic Design to a variety digital applications.
• A passion for digital ergonomics and the future of User Interface design.
• A keen eye for composition and layout.

Desirable Skills
• 3D modeling
• Unity ( it’s not called Unity 3D, that’s just the web domain )
• HTML / CSS

What West Pier Offer
• Flexible and fair working hours
• Competitive salary
• Attractive holiday packages
• 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

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

NOTE: These vacancies are for candidates applying directly, please NO AGENCIES. Any CV’s received from recruitment agencies will be interpreted as ‘gifts’ and we reserve the right to engage with the candidate directly having not entered into any Terms and Conditions.