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.
Nashville, TN

Lead Software Engineer (Nashville, TN)

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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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What are Iron Galaxy Studios Perks + Benefits

Iron Galaxy Studios Benefits Overview

At Iron Galaxy, we are committed to offering a comprehensive employee benefits program that helps our employees stay healthy, feel secure, and maintain a work/life balance. These benefits extend to your domestic partner and dependents.

To demonstrate our commitment to our employees, Iron Galaxy pays a much higher percentage of the health premium for our employees than the national average.

Volunteer in local community
Every employee receives one paid day off each year to volunteer with charitable organizations.
Partners with nonprofits
Our teams donate to food drives in our local communities. We also work with educators and diversity organizations to grow our teams' knowledge base via training sessions and conferences.
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Pair programming
Flexible work schedule
We ask our teams to give their best eight hours a day. We have flexible start times and hybrid in-office days.
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Diversity employee resource groups
Our DEIA lead facilitates employee resource group efforts across the company. Yearly each group is given a budget to invest in the programs that mean the most to them and give back to their community.
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Initial interviews happen over the phone to reduce bias in our hiring process. When searching for talent we use web tools to hide candidates' names and profile pictures to grade on relevant skills.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability insurance
Including short-term disability, long-term disability, accident insurance, and critical illness coverage.
Dental insurance
The dental insurance premium is 100% covered by Iron Galaxy for employees and dependents.
Vision insurance
The vision insurance premium is 100% covered by Iron Galaxy for employees and dependents.
Health insurance
We offer two plans: one features a high-deductible with employer contributions to an HSA account and the other includes a robust PPO plan.
Life insurance
We offer all full-time employees basic life insurance of 50,000 paid for by the company and we also offer voluntary life insurance up to a guaranteed issue amount of 100,000.
Pet insurance
Iron Galaxy covers your furry friends with pet insurance and member perks.
Mental health benefits
Iron Galaxy provides mental health benefits through our employee assistance plan, virtual counseling, mental health resources, and quarterly mental health PTO days.
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
The plan matches 100% employee deferrals up to 4% and then 50% matching of contributions from 4% to 6%.
Company equity
Iron Galaxy offers a phantom stock program.
Performance bonus
Our team members receive bonuses based on individual performance and company performance around the holidays each year in December.
Charitable contribution matching
Every quarter we choose an organization to raise funds for and Iron Galaxy matches our employee's donations to the selected org.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous parental leave
We offer 13 weeks of paid leave at 100% for the birthing parent (8 weeks for recovery and 5 weeks of bonding). We also offer five weeks of paid bonding leave at 100% for the non-birthing parent.
Family medical leave
Company sponsored family events
Including holiday parties, family picnics, and more.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Generally, full-time employees receive at least 36 days of paid time off each year. 12-20 days accrued in a calendar year, 14 holidays, 5 sick days, 4 mental health days, and 1 volunteer day.
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
We offer pre-tax transit and parking commuter benefits.
Company-sponsored outings
Free snacks and drinks
Company-sponsored happy hours
Relocation assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences
Lunch and learns
Promote from within

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