CINE – Trainee Programmer – RLW – 37.5hr/week fixed-term contract

Employer Information

Northern Ireland Screen


T: 02890 232444


The Creative Industries New Entrants programme (CINE) is a new initiative which aims to broaden access to the screen and creative industries at entry level.  Funded by the Department for Communities and working in partnership with BBC Northern Ireland, the scheme will help identify new talent. In line with UK-wide screen industry initiatives we will prioritise applicants from underrepresented ethnic minority, socio-economic, and disabled communities, to expand our growing creative industries sector and create a more diverse generation of ‘New Entrants’ of all ages. These opportunities are only available if you are over 18.

What we do:
Billy Goat Entertainment are purveyors of moderately amusing video games and are based in sunny Belfast. We are working on our exciting new game Parcel Corps that will be released on Xbox Series, PS5 and PC in 2024. Previous titles include; Her Majesty’s Spiffing and Supermarket Shriek.

JOB DESCRIPTION – Trainee Programmer

Person Spec:
As a Trainee Programmer, you will be familiar with the Unity Game Engine and have experience coding in C#.  You will have experience of working as part of a team and will have good observational skills, attention to detail, creativity and an interest in games.  We’re looking for motivated problem solvers with an understanding of the game development process.

What You Do:
The role will include but is not limited to:

Take direction from and communicate with the Lead programmer.
Learn from and work alongside the Programming team to achieve the requirements of the game.
Be organised and manage your time in relation to task timelines you are given by your Lead and regularly provide a progress update on our project management tool.
Clean and robust programming.

Essential Criteria

  • Familiar with the Unity game engine and experience coding in C#.
  • Good knowledge of video games and enthusiasm and desire to work in the game development industry.
  • Ability to work and collaborate as part of a team but can also use own initiative.
  • Good organisational and time management skills with the ability to work within deadlines.
  • Creative attitude to problem solving.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

“We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their sex; religious or similar philosophical belief; political opinion; race; age; sexual orientation; or, whether they are married or are in a civil partnership; or, whether they are disabled; or whether they have undergone, are undergoing or intend to undergo gender reassignment.”
We will monitor our programmes on an ongoing basis and target any under-represented groups as and when appropriate.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme
As part of our commitment to the employment of disabled people, we operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS).  The GIS does not guarantee a job. However, its objective is to ensure a guaranteed number of disabled applicants, who meet the minimum essential criteria for the role they have applied for, are offered an interview

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