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Iron Galaxy Studios
Game creation is the ultimate team sport and we bring a "pick up a shovel and dig" mentality where no job is too small.
Orlando, FL

Lead Software Engineer (Orlando, FL)

| Orlando, FL | Hybrid
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At Iron Galaxy Studios, our teams support a healthy work-life balance, promote continuous improvement, and champion a diverse people-focused culture. We encourage Engineers from every heritage, lifestyle, or background to apply.

This is a full-time hybrid position in Orlando (FL), Chicago (IL), Nashville (TN), or Austin (TX) with relocation options for out-of-state applicants.

Iron Galaxy is looking for a Lead Programmer to join our world-class engineering team and help lead a team. Programmers at Iron Galaxy work on a wide variety of projects, including creating new games from the ground up, co-developing games with partners, and porting existing games to new platforms. Our projects tend to have shorter development cycles; it’s not uncommon for a programmer to work on more than one project in a year. We have found that this helps keep things fresh and provides opportunities to utilize experience gained from previous projects.

As a Lead Programmer, you will be expected to lead a small to medium-sized team, estimate and schedule work, contribute directly to features and systems, and provide guidance and feedback to help your team grow. Responsibilities vary based on the project, and we will also aim to place you on projects that play to your strengths while also giving you room to grow. Here are some examples of what a Lead Programmer might be expected to do.


  • Provide feedback and mentorship to direct reports
  • Identify and schedule work for a project, system, or feature
  • Create a technical design document for a new system or feature
  • Review a game design document for a feature and provide feedback
  • Implement low-level subsystems for a new platform
  • Implement a new feature or system, or extend an existing one
  • Lead an evaluation team to provide information for a project bid


  • Previous leadership/management experience
  • Significant experience at a game studio (any size)
  • Deep understanding of C/C++
  • Strong debugging skills
  • Development experience on at least one game console
  • Able to adapt to new codebases and platforms
  • Passion for personal development and mentoring others

If you have not worked in a professional capacity as a software engineer in game development, please describe how your programming skills from your experience will translate to this position in your cover letter.

ABOUT US: Iron Galaxy is one of the world’s largest independent video game developers with 60+ shipped titles. Our people combine their talents to create amazing ports, epic remasters, and new experiences from the ground up. We partner with the top companies in the gaming industry to co-develop and support AAA game creation at the highest level. 

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An Insider's view of Iron Galaxy Studios

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

As an Engineer at Iron Galaxy, I spend most of my time working with artists and designers. UI is a very collaborative area and requires input from just about everyone. Audio, localization, and monetization play a huge role in how UI functions. Collaboration is the best part of being a dev because it takes input from all groups to make great games!


UI Engineer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I started my career at Iron Galaxy as an individual contributor working on UI, AI, graphics, and build systems for mobile, console, and PC games. When I became a lead, I started with smaller teams and now I'm a client-side engineering lead. IG has a huge variety of projects it’s a great place to level up as a game developer.


Client-side Engineer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

At Iron Galaxy Studios, we slice every decision against the razor of our core values, and the first and most important value here is People. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring ideas or ask any questions, and then we have an open dialogue where we hash it out, explain what we’re thinking, and how we got there, then push forward as a team.


Head of Strategy

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

The teams at Iron Galaxy actively work to increase diversity every day. This is a challenging task, but we are confident that our efforts make a positive impact. We’ve developed strategies to increase the hiring of underrepresented groups and strive to create a more inclusive work environment for all employees.


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