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Lead Software Engineer, LD&L

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Recruiter: Foundry
Listed on: 15th July
Location: London
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.
The Product.
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®'shighly efficient, collaborative approach to lighting and look development 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.
MARI® is 3D painting without limits, combining the power and performance to handle even the most complex assets with artist-friendly 3D paint tools that make the most of your creativity.
The Role.
This role is an exciting opportunity to lead two of our SCRUM teams. You'll be responsible for the technical output - and quality - of your teams of no more than 8, by line managing them to work as a unit combining development and testing. To do this you'll have some management experience, alongside good SDLC knowledge including Agile/SCRUM, using these skills to lead phasing/estimating work for your team. You'll interact with customers in areas of team expertise to understand and solve/mitigate any issues that arise as well as owning go/no go decisions for releases affecting your team.
The planning that informs these decisions will use your technical skills and experience to align the team around workable solutions, working with Senior Engineers to ensure the proposed solutions are checked, validated and documented effectively. You'll line manage the team, ensuring their career development and managing performance where relevant. As the person responsible for their delivery, you'll liaise with stakeholders internally and externally to ensure that tech debt is flagged and resolved, and that prioritisation and allocation of the team is in line with priorities and expectations. You'll ensure the teams are happy, motivated, and productive, taking responsibility for hiring decisions in conjunction with the Engineering Manager to ensure team fit, as well as resolving conflict / disagreement where it occurs.

Degree in Engineering/Computer Science (or equivalent experience)
Commercial Experience (> 5 years) of modern programming practises (e.g. BDD, TDD, Code Review)
Experience of acting as leader of a SCRUM team of > 4 people, including line management, leading both developers and QA teams
Experience of leading using AGILE methodologies (Scrum, Kanban etc)
Experience of hiring decisions through assessing technical skills and team fit
Experience of customer workflows and practises to aid leading technical design and requirement breakdown for the team
Experience of customer facing communication and work, including custom contracts
Developed, debugged, delivered and deployed software to customers worldwide


Experience of cross OS development including Qt across Linux and Windows
3D experience, e.g OpenGL/Vulkan, Rendering (Prman, Arnold, 3Delight)
Experience of 3D tools, e.g. Katana, Mari, Houdini, Maya, 3DS Max an advantage
Experience of lighting pipelines in a post production an advantage
Knowledge of Jenkins/Conan/CMake an advantage


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

The Company.
Foundry develops creative software for the digital design, media and entertainment industries. With a 20-year heritage and a portfolio of award-winning products, Foundry advances the art and technology of visual experience in partnership with creative leaders around the globe.
Clients and partners include major feature film studios and post-production houses such as Pixar, ILM, MPC, Walt Disney Animation, Weta Digital, DNEG, and Framestore as well as automotive, footwear, apparel and technology companies such as Mercedes, New Balance, Adidas and Google. Foundry partners with these companies to solve complex visualization challenges to turn incredible ideas into reality.
The company's products are used to create breathtaking visual effects sequences on a wide range of feature films, video-on-demand, television and commercials. Foundry software was integral in the making of every VFX Oscar-winning film, award-winning TV shows and commercials for more than a decade.
Founded in 1996, Foundry is headquartered in London, with 300 staff and a presence in the US, China, Japan, Australia and Europe. In 2015, the London Stock Exchange named Foundry one of the "1000 Companies to Inspire Britain." It regularly features in The Sunday Times' Tech Track as one of Britain's fastest-growing private technology companies.