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Software Engineer, Lighting & Look Development



KATANA®'s highly efficient, collaborative approach to lighting and look development gives you the creative scope and scalability to meet the needs of today’s most demanding CG-rendering projects.
Equally suited to both short and long-form animation and VFX projects, KATANA’s unique design lets you work with massive scenes and high volumes of shots; easily reuse looks; and make revisions without repeating scene setup work, so you can spend more time achieving higher quality results.


We are looking for a Software Engineer to join the existing KATANA team. In a nutshell, you are a seasoned C++ application developer with proven experience and thorough knowledge of software engineering best practice. You’ll have worked in the VFX space for a number of years, and understand the problems that Katana solves,, becoming a hub of knowledge and experience in how we evolve the codebase. You’ll also be an important advocate of our users and their support teams within the engineering team, having experienced life in production.

Collaborating with the project Lead Engineer, your daily work will involve the design, implementation, documentation and testing of C++ and/or Python code. You will be liaising with other engineers in the team and Project Manager as necessary to ensure that the code meets the requirements of the customer and is delivered in a timely fashion.

    • Good communication skills, well organised, good time management
    • Strong leadership skills, and the desire to learn and mentor those around you
    • Experience of commercial software development and best practice
    • Excellent C++, including knowledge of development tools and processes
    • Knowledge of the VFX post-production pipeline, including 3D applications, renderers, compositing techniques, and 2D/3D paint packages
    • Experience in 3D graphics and rendering technologies, either real-time or ray tracing
    • Good track record of creative problem solving
    • Successful experience of working and assuming responsibility in a development team
    • Knowledge of Python, including development processes and tools
    • Experience of cross-OS development including Windows, Linux, and OSX

25 days holiday + bank holidays
Pension scheme & life assurance
Health cash plan & medical insurance,
Season ticket loan
Company’s social events
Beer O’Clock Fridays
Gym memberships
Learning & development plans
Foundry’s discount & saving scheme

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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