Mobile App Developer

Full-time Sugar Creative in Cardiff

Term: Fixed Term Contract until end of November 2020


We're looking for a versatile mobile developer with iOS and Android experience to join our Fictioneers venture. You'll be based at our venture (Fictioneers) HQ office at the Arnolfini centre, near Temple Meads Train Station in Bristol but you should be willing to travel occasionally to Cardiff where our Sugar Creative head offices, are located.

You’ll pioneer an ambitious mobile app that delivers an immersive storytelling experience embedding Unity developed, augmented reality interactions.

In addition to experience with both iOS and Android you’ll have an appreciation for native mobile app frameworks such as Flutter or React Native, the concept of declarative UI, and state frameworks such as Redux.

About the role:

We are building a new platform to bring storytelling into the 21st century. This journey begins with a brand new Wallace & Gromit adventure in partnership with Aardman, which will be using a variety of immersive technologies and transmedia approaches.

At the heart of this is a multi-platform mobile app that ties together a broad range of transmedia storytelling and interactive experiences. This includes location-based, augmented reality gameplay and crafting economy gameplay together with audio, video, comics and social media.

To deliver this we’re using Flutter to rapidly develop consistent mobile UI, producing a native iOS and Android app. Unity, embedded in the app, allows us to seamlessly switch into AR experiences and leverage powerful game engine functionality.

Managing the application lifecycle for these two processes can be complex and that’s where we’ll need your help!

Your experience and skills: You must have:

Native development experience across iOS and Android

Experience writing robust Objective-C/Swift and Java

Savvy configuring mobile app build systems and distribution

Understanding of application lifecycle in native iOS and Android platforms

An appreciation of declarative UI, native mobile app frameworks like Flutter or React Native and state frameworks such as Redux

Ideally also:

Reactive Extensions, Reactive X or Rx (RxJava, RxSwift)

Appreciation for functional programming concepts

Unity, a general appreciation of the core game engine concepts and how it works on and builds to native mobile platforms

Development experience with Flutter or React Native or other web equivalents

About you:

We are looking for a highly motivated Mobile App developer to make a significant contribution to a challenging project. You should be interested in new and emerging technologies, be able to troubleshoot and fix problems as they occur, and strike the right balance between perfection and delivery.

You should be comfortable working in a lean startup environment and contributing as part of an agile delivery team.

You should have a project mentality; always be questioning how the product could be improved, ensuring our work is focused on the agreed outcomes, the project vision and purpose.

You should be comfortable with all stages of the project life cycle, from creative concepting, to initial experimentation and requirements gathering through to delivery and support

You should be used to working on large projects: prioritising work streams, working across different media, working efficiently and managing your own time, presenting in meetings, fleshing out concepts, working alongside others effectively, and liaising with our large extended team to bring everything to fruition to your own exacting standards.

Flexible and open to direction and iteration

Familiar with fast prototyping (white boxing) for testing

Ability to communicate and work with other artists, other developers & designers in a dynamic team environment

Willing to help others and ask for help where needed

Prepared to learn new tools during production

Proactive and ready to share information and assets

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