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Senior Backend Engineer, Central Infrastructure

Pocket Gems, San Francisco

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Pocket Gems seeks to build the greatest mobile games and most compelling interactive entertainment in the world. That’s the mission our founders began with, in an apartment above a pizza shop back in 2009, and it continues to inspire us today. Since then, we’ve grown to over 200 people headquartered in San Francisco, and with $155 million in backing from Sequoia Capital and Tencent, we’re constantly breaking new ground in mobile entertainment.

Our products have been downloaded over 500 million times by players around the world and have grossed over $1 billion in revenue. We continue to release brand new content for Episode, a mobile storytelling network and platform, and War Dragons, a visually stunning 3D real-time strategy game. 

As our community of players continues to grow, we’re committed to building diverse and inclusive environments across our teams, and in our games.

In this role you’ll be one of the first engineers building our next generation microservice-based infrastructure. Our central infrastructure team is small, and initial members will be generalists who can assess the needs of diverse game teams and build foundational tech that will underlie many games and backend services.

You will design and implement services end-to-end. This includes prototyping and benchmarking implementation strategies. Good communication skills are a must in order to effectively assess needs and document how others can best leverage the services you create. Primary development efforts are backend-oriented; Unity development will also be necessary. Given the foundational nature of this work, a substantial premium is placed on maximizing developer productivity (first and foremost!) and robustness. Expect to work closely with co-workers to iterate on newly shipped services and libraries to relentlessly optimize them to better suit our teams' unique real-world needs.

Note: This role is open to remote employment for those who reside in California, Washington , Colorado and Texas.

What You Bring to the Central Infrastructure Engineering team:

  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience (including 3+ years backend experience)
  • A degree in computer science, engineering, or relevant field
  • Experience leading complex projects, preferably involving distributed systems
  • Deep experience with AWS, GCP, etc. is a plus (or an advanced private cloud, e.g. Google, Facebook)
  • Strong skills in data structures, algorithms, software design, and OOP
  • Passion for delighting users, both internal and external, with reliable tools, data and creative and highly technical solutions to their problems

Extra Gems for:

  • C# / Unity experience
  • Experience working on a major game title

Colorado Residents Only: In Colorado, the minimum salary for this position is $133,000. Please note that this information is only provided publicly for candidates in Colorado, but the role is open to candidates outside of Colorado as well.

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At Pocket Gems, we're building teams that value originality, inclusivity, and accountability -- and we hope to engage with talent based on these and other core values. We also offer competitive perks, such as flexible vacation, 401k matching, and a generous benefits package, 

Pocket Gems is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status or any legally protected status. 
Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

About Pocket Gems

About We want to build the greatest games and interactive entertainment in the world. That’s the mission Pocket Gems’ founders began with in an apartment above a pizza shop back in 2009 and we continue it today. Pocket Gems has grown to over 200 people in San Francisco. With backing from Sequoia Capital and Tencent, we’re constantly breaking new ground with graphically rich mobile games, fun new genres of mobile entertainment, and innovative technologies like our mobile-first Mantis Engine. Our products have been downloaded over 270 million times by players around the world. Most recently, we’ve launched Episode, a mobile storytelling network and platform, and War Dragons, a visually stunning 3D real-time strategy game.

Want to learn more about Pocket Gems? Visit Pocket Gems's website.