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Pocket Gems

A social game developer creating a series of free-to-play mobile games.

Software Engineer, Lead/Manager, Core Games
San Francisco, CA, US
Job Description / Skills Required

Pocket Gems, a mobile entertainment company based in San Francisco, is continuously breaking new ground on smartphones and tablets by building graphically rich games, developing fun new genres of entertainment and creating innovative technologies. Launched in 2009, the company has grown to over 200 employees and their games have been downloaded over 200 million times globally.

Pocket Gems is currently working on building groundbreaking multiplayer experiences for core gamers. The foundation of Pocket Gems is our pioneering team, world-class proprietary Mantis Engine, and cutting-edge network technologies.

You will take initiative to design and implement complex systems with little or no technical direction. The upcoming roadmap will be driven by your close collaboration with cross-functional teams and your extensive technical know-how. You will engage and develop engineers on your team, and guide their efforts as they also undertake a wide variety of technical challenges.

Responsibilities include:

Design and code innovative, scalable and robust features

Engage and develop a team of Engineers

Define objectives and drive software engineering best practices

Collaborate closely in small, nimble, cross-functional teams with product managers, artists and designers

Participate in all aspects of the project life-cycle, from ideation to specification to release


BA/BS in Computer Science or equivalent experience

Strong competencies in data structures, algorithms, software design and OOP

Passionate about building the next-generation of 3D games on mobile including synchronous multiplayer

4+ years work experience, including at least 1 year of relevant engineering team management experience

Prior mobile/gaming experience is NOT required


Pocket Gems offers top-notch benefits, including a Premiere PPO health plan. We cover 100% of the cost of employees’ Medical, Dental and Vision premiums (and 75% of the cost for their dependents), as well as short and long-term disability, and life insurance. We also offer flex spending & dependent care accounts, pre-tax commuter benefits and a 401(k) plan. Pocket Gems is located in beautiful downtown San Francisco, one block North of the Montgomery Street BART station.

Pocket Gems is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status or any legally protected status.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.