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Senior Backend Software Engineer

Maxis Studios

Remote / Virtual 05-09-2024
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Senior (5-10 years) Experience
Job Description

At Maxis, we're looking for a software engineer to work on cloud web services to help us bring exciting new features to life. You will work with an experienced team that has collectively built Maxis games for more than two decades. You will work with multiple designers, producers, and client engineers prototyping and shipping features that expand the gameplay possibilities of The Sims. You will report to a Development Director for the backend services team and the bulk of your work will be done in Kotlin, using the Spring Boot framework, deployed to Kubernetes in the Google Cloud Platform.

As a Backend Software Engineer at Maxis, you will
• Develop responsive, resilient, massively scalable, and globally available web services that support millions of Sims players
• Creatively blend security best practices and original techniques to keep user data secure and prevent cheating
• Apply and improve service deployment and troubleshooting strategies that maximize uptime
• Drive design and implementation of APIs and protocols that are consistent, formalized, and testable
• Demonstrate excellent technical problem-solving skills under iteratively changing requirements during game development
• Author and review technical design documents and API specifications detailing software requirements
• Maintain a suite of automated tests that validate the correctness of backend services
• Participate in 24-hour support of live environments
• Participate in the upkeep and maintenance of live services


Please note that you do not need to qualify for all requirements to be considered. We encourage you to apply if you can meet most of the requirements and are comfortable opening a dialog to be considered
• Bachelor/Master's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related field.
• 8+ years of job experience in a hands on coding role
• You've shipped and supported scalable web services hosted in a public cloud provider like AWS, GCP, or Azure
• You own large systems and features from design to deployment, including live service support
• You develop high-quality, testable software
• You have a desire to work with client engineers and designers to iteratively add features and improve APIs
• You develop APIs for products that release new updates with zero downtime strategies and tools
• You have experience with load testing, troubleshooting, and optimizing performance of web services
• You work on software that requires developing and optimizing queries and database access patterns
• You're willing to iterate quickly and develop multiple short-lived prototypes
• You have excellent written and verbal communication skills
• You're a motivated self-starter; able to operate with autonomy
• You have a desire to teach and learn from your peers

• You have experience developing services that support mobile applications
• You've worked in the games industry before
• You've built software with Java or Kotlin
• You've shipped services using the Spring Boot Framework
• You've worked on large teams using version control tools like Git
• You've deployed web services using Kubernetes and containerization
• You have experience with Google Cloud Platform, including Google Kubernetes Engine, or Google Cloud Spanner
• You have experience with distributed streaming technologies like Kafka
• You've shipped web services that scale to millions of daily users
• You have experience working in large data-driven services
• You have strong experience in Node JS, Typescript

Ceci ne s'applique pas au Québec.


The base salary ranges listed below are for the defined geographic market pay zones in these locations. If you reside outside of these locations, a recruiter will advise on the base salary range and benefits for your specific location.

EA has listed the base salary ranges it in good faith expects to pay applicants for this role in the locations listed, as of the time of this posting. Salary offered will be determined based on numerous relevant business and candidate factors including, for example, education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, geographic location, and business or organizational needs.

• British Columbia (depending on location e.g. Vancouver vs. Victoria):

º $160,200 - $229,100 CAN Annually

Base salary is just one part of the overall compensation at EA. We also offer a package of benefits including vacation (3 weeks per year to start), 10 days per year of sick time, paid top-up to EI/QPIP benefits up to 100% of base salary when you welcome a new child (12 weeks for maternity, and 4 weeks for parental/adoption leave), extended health/dental/vision coverage, life insurance, disability insurance, retirement plan to regular full-time employees. Certain roles may also be eligible for bonus and equity.

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-r0x83m-3-235-20-185-42 in your application.

Salary Details
Salary Range: $160,200 to $229,100 Per Year ($ USD)
Company Profile
Maxis Studios

Electronic Arts Inc. is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. EA develops and delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, mobile devices and personal computers.