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We want to build the greatest games and interactive entertainment in the world

Backend Software Engineering Lead

$80k – $160k
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Pocket Gems wants to build the greatest games and interactive entertainment in the world. That’s the mission our founders began with in an apartment above a pizza shop back in 2009 and we continue it today.

Pocket Gems has grown to over 250 people in San Francisco. With $155 million in 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 325 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.

As a Backend Software Engineering Lead on our War Dragons engineering team, you will be a senior member of an engineering pod, contributing code with a team of passionate engineers to ship our mobile games, delighting millions of players around the world. You will engage and mentor engineers on your team, and guide their efforts as they undertake a wide variety of technical challenges. You’ll also work closely with PMs, manage a tech load, and deal with high-level functions to get our projects and games rolled out. Our tech stack consists of GAE, Python, JavaScript and Objective-C, among others.

What You’ll Do:
-Provide technical guidance and coaching to the team in software engineering best practices while demonstrating this as an individual contributor
-Code! You’ll design and code innovative, scalable, and robust features
-Collaborate closely in small, nimble, cross-functional teams with engineers, product managers, artists, and designers
-Participate in all aspects of the project life-cycle, from ideation to specification to release

What You Bring to Engineering Team:
-4+ years of engineering experience, preferably full stack
-Strong team building, mentorship, and empowerment skills; you love participating with and contributing in meaningful ways to scalable and high-performing teams of engineers
-Strong competencies in data structures, algorithms, software design and OOP
-BA/BS in Computer Science or equivalent experience

Extra Gems For:
-Experience in Objective-C and Python, as well as Cloud Services, such as AWS or GAE
-A love for mobile game development
-A desire to grow into a future manager role

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.


At Pocket Gems we believe in making sure that all of our employees have a meaningful stake in the company’s performance. We offer competitive salaries, retirement plans, and comprehensive benefits packages.

Families first

We plan programs that put Gemmers and their families first, like hosting little Gemmers at Bring Your Kids to Work Day. We also work closely with new parents to help them plan their time off and return to work.

Vacation policy

We’re strong proponents of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. As such, we offer generous vacation and holiday time for Gemmers to rest and recharge.

Awesome events

We throw killer parties – from our annual Halloween bash where everyone dresses up, to building boats made of cardboard to our quarterly team outings, we love having fun together!

Choose your gear

Trick out your computer and workspace – Mac, PC, one monitor, two monitor, red monitor, blue monitor. Want a bean bag chair and a standing desk? That’s a weird combo, but go for it!

Contribute to the office

Every new employee gets $100 to contribute to the new office. Past purchases include 3D printers, massage chairs and floating sharks (don’t ask).

Pocket Gems at a glance

We want to build the greatest games and interactive entertainment in the world

Pocket Gems focuses on Mobile, Games, Mobile Games, Virtualization, and PC Gaming. Their company has offices in San Francisco. They have a large team that's between 201-500 employees. To date, Pocket Gems has raised $65M of funding; their latest round was closed on May 2015 at a valuation of $300M.

You can view their website at http://pocketgems.com/ or find them on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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