People Can Fly is one of the leading independent AAA games development studios
with an international team of hundreds of talented individuals working from
offices located in Poland, UK, US, and Canada, and from all over the world
thanks to our remote work programs.
Founded in 2002, we made our mark on the shooter genre with titles such as
Painkiller, Bulletstorm, Gears of War: Judgment, and Outriders. We are one of
the most experienced Unreal Engine studios in the industry and we are
expanding it with in-house solutions called PCF Framework.
Our creative teams are currently working on several exciting titles: Gemini is
our new project being developed with Square Enix; Maverick is a Triple-A game
developed in collaboration with Microsoft Corporation; Bifrost, Victoria and
Dagger are projects we're growing in the self-publishing model. We also have
one project in the concept phase – Red; as well as two projects in VR
technology – Green Hell VR and Bulletstorm VR - an exciting VR version of our
With over 20 years of experience, PCF sets out to explore new horizons. We aim
to combine our expertise with creativity of the best and most forward-thinking
talents in the industry to work together on the new generation of action games
for the global gaming community.
If you decide to accompany us on this journey, you'll have a chance to perfect
your craft and expand your knowledge, working alongside leaders in the
industry on bringing a brand-new unique experience to the players worldwide.
As the Technical Lead, PCF Online Services you will manage a team of backend
and frontend engineers creating new custom services and supporting existing
online backend services for our games. These would include services such as
game server orchestration, user account management, authentication, player
inventory, cross-platform squad/lobby, running events, cross-platform friends
lists / clans, matchmaking, in-game economy, dynamic game tuning, voice chat
and many others.
Your background is in full stack or backend engineering and you have computer
science or computer engineering or similar related degrees. You are passionate
about designing scalable backend systems, reliable backend APIs, fault-
tolerant design and third-party API systems. You are a great owner and have a
strong can-do problem solving attitude. You are a critical thinker, and
communicate with clarity. You are deeply familiar with software design
patterns and able to apply the right one to the right problem.
You have a keen eye for code quality and you can provide effective feedback to
other team members on their engineering work. You take pride in the overall
outcome and quality of your team's work and are there at every step to make
the best outcomes happen. You strive for transparency and clarity with your
team and are able to bring the needs of the business together in a strong
Develop, maintain, and improve backend services to support our online
games across various platforms
Own technical design and manage a team of engineers driving the
implementation of robust, highly scalable online solutions
Set up, maintain and optimize best practices, and continuously level up
the team and organization
Lead the evaluation and selection of the appropriate technology platforms,
frameworks and deployment architectures for each given problem to solve
Evaluate and recommend tools and processes to ensure the highest quality
Collaborate with game development teams, quality assurance and end users
to architect and build cutting-edge server-side software solutions as well
as ensuring quality integrations of our backend services into those titles
Collaborate with the product and project managers to map out and deliver
team objectives and priorities for the year based on company goals and
You will spend less time writing code. Drawing from your ample experience
building highly scalable backend systems you will drive the technical
direction of our shared backend services, and be a technical leader and a
sounding board to members of your technical team
Identify and solve cross cutting technical issues and team issues to
achieve business goals
Identify and proactively tackle technical debt through cost/benefit
analytics for eliminating debt and suggested timelines for how to
Responsible for your team's productivity and impact
Scale testing and performance tuning of the entire stack
Ensuring quality, predictability and reliability by setting up,
maintaining and optimizing best practices, and continuously leveling up
the team and organization
Minimum 8+ years of professional software engineering experience, working
on cross-functional teams
5+ years of experience managing high performing backend teams.
5+ years of experience designing and analyzing the performance of backend
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, a related technical field, or
equivalent practical experience
Experience with developing back-end services and related concepts such as
Service SLAs, up-time, scalability, etc.
A thorough understanding of cloud-native architectures, microservice
development and operational best practices in the cloud
Hands on expertise with Kubernetes container platforms in cloud-native
Knowledge of Terraform or similar architecture as code solutions
Strong communication skills across a variety of disciplines including with
product, engineering, stakeholders, and QA
Experience in working with cloud-based architectures and AWS specifically;
Experience with SQL and NoSQL stores (MySQL, Postgres, MongoDB, etc)
What we offer
A competitive salary and performance-based annual bonuses.
Private medical healthcare (Vitality) and BUPA dental insurance for
PCF's employees and their families.
Access to wellbeing platform - Gympass for employees and family members.
Access to Worksmile - cafeteria program.
Online Polish and English language classes.
Access to the pension scheme.
Flexible working hours.
Free virtual health and mental wellbeing sessions included in the plan for
members and their dependents.
Personal development opportunities and ability to work in a global
Work in a creative team with people full of passion for what they do.