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Lead Tools Programmer

PlayStationFull-time$167k - $251kLos Angeles, CaliforniaOct 23, 2023
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Join the award-winning team that created God of War

Santa Monica Studio is seeking an experienced Lead Tools Programmer for the development of a new unannounced title!

You’re into tools. You’re into making everyone else’s life better. You spend your time thinking about workflow improvements, slick user interfaces and optimizations that will decrease iteration times.


  • Build, refine, and support plugins and data pipeline to facilitate content iteration.
  • Maintain open dialogues with customers, inviting feedback, looking for areas of improvement.
  • Interface with stakeholders. Liaise between team members; drive collaborative projects.
  • Identify problems; solve them: implement robust, high-quality solutions.
  • Profile and optimize systems to remove bottlenecks and improve performance.
  • Mentor and guide team members in areas of expertise; instill best practices.
  • Partner with leads and directors to meet visual and technical standards.
  • Help optimize by educating team members as well as driving profiling automation and workflows.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Graphic Art or a related field or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum five years of professional programming experience.
  • Expertise in C/C++ and Python required.
  • Solid understanding of 3D math.
  • Professional experience demonstrating proficiency in algorithm design, understanding of complexity, and software architecture and design.
  • Ability to write clean, maintainable and extensible code with attention to reusability.
  • Enthusiasm and initiative.
  • Excellent spoken and written communication.
  • Good collaborator within a large, diverse team.

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At SIE, we consider several factors when setting each role’s base pay range, including the competitive benchmarking data for the market and geographic location.

Please note that the base pay range may vary in line with our hybrid working policy and individual base pay will be determined based on job-related factors which may include knowledge, skills, experience, and location. 

In addition, this role
is eligible for SIE’s top-tier benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, matching 401(k), paid time off, wellness program and coveted employee discounts for Sony products. This role also may be eligible for a bonus package. Click here to learn more.


The estimated base pay range for this role is listed below.
$167,500$251,300 USD

Equal Opportunity Statement:

Sony is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender (including gender identity, gender expression and gender reassignment), race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status, disability, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, trade union membership or membership in any other legally protected category.

We strive to create an inclusive environment, empower employees and embrace diversity. We encourage everyone to respond.

PlayStation is a Fair Chance employer and qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records will be considered for employment.


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