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Software Engineer, LD&L

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Recruiter: Foundry
Listed on: 11th June
Location: Manchester
Salary Notes: Competitive + Benefits
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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We are a global company with a mission to advance the art and technology of visual experience. We know that creating an inclusive environment that values and encourages different perspectives is critical for our success, and the success of our people. We are learning, listening and taking action to be better and foster trust in our community. Our goal is to ensure every person working at Foundry feels safe and free to be themselves, to share their ideas or concerns and that there is equal access to opportunities for all.

This position can be based in Manchester, London or there is potential for remote working.


Mari and Katana are a single operational unit that develops state-of-the-art Look Development and Lighting tools for artists to create awe-inspiring textures and lighting.

Katana® is a highly efficient, collaborative look development and lighting solution that gives you the creative scope and scalability to meet the needs of today's most demanding CG-rendering projects. Equally suited to both short and long-form animation and VFX projects, Katana's unique design lets you work with massive scenes and high volumes of shots; easily reuse looks; and make revisions without repeating scene setup work, so you can spend more time achieving higher quality results.

Katana is a cross-platform, C++, Qt-based application, which uses deep python bindings for the parts of the system that are not time-critical. As well as python configurability, a set of APIs exists for customers to integrate Katana into their pipelines to use custom asset management, renderers, and more.


We are looking for a top-tier C++ and Python Developer who takes pride in their craft and remains enthusiastic when tackling development challenges. You're detail-oriented, a problem-solver, structured, and focused. You have good communication skills, are a great teammate, and are always passionate about delivering a strong end product.

With mentorship from the Lead Engineer, you will work on crafting the future of Katana and maintaining its groundbreaking status within VFX Lighting. You will contribute by developing new tools and features for artists, API's and infrastructure for developers, and building upon Katana's interoperability in the VFX pipeline.


  • Bachelor-level degree in Computer Science or equivalent
  • Commercial Experience (> 3 years) of modern programming practises (e.g. OOP, BDD, TDD, Code Review)
  • Strong C++ including C++11 experience
  • Strong Python development experience
  • Experience of cross-platform development across Linux and Windows
  • Good communication skills, well organised, good time management
  • Experience of breaking down customer workflows into technical designs and requirements
  • Experience with code review processes and tools (e.g Git)

Nice to have, Keen to learn

  • VFX pipeline and process experience, and/or tools, e.g, Katana, Mari, Houdini, Maya, 3DS Max
  • Knowledge of Scene Description technologies such as Universal Scene Description (USD)
  • Knowledge of render farm management, tools and practices.
  • Experience with any of the following:
    • Conan, CMake, CTest/GTest
    • Computer graphics and/or image processing (e.g. OpenGL, Vulcan, Metal)
    • Scripting languages (e.g. Python, Lua)
    • UI Design (e.g Qt)
    • Jenkins/CI
  • Experience with automated testing practices, continuous integration and unit tests
  • Developed, debugged, delivered and deployed software to distributed customers
  • Experience working in an Agile Environment (Scrum, Kanban etc)


  • Flexible Working
  • Anniversary day off
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Pension scheme & life assurance
  • Health cash plan & medical insurance,
  • Season ticket loan
  • Company's social events
  • Gym Discounts
  • Learning & development plans
  • Foundry's discount & saving scheme