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Lead Developer - Job description
The Lead Developer guides and technically supervises the creation of a video game.
Under the authority of the Director or the Technical Director and in collaboration with the other team leaders (graphics, level design, sound...), he/she takes into account the clients' needs, carries out a technological watch, sets up and participates in the production strategy, pilots the testing phases and makes the necessary arbitrations.
He is responsible for the quality, maintenance and optimization of the code.
He/she supervises the writing of technical documentation. He/she participates in the recruitment of his/her teams and supports their development.
Design and framing of an IT development project
Definition of the technical strategy of an IT development project
Management of the development of an IT project
Management of the development teams of an IT project
Validation of the quality of an IT development project
The Lead Developer can interact internally or externally with :
Job titles may vary from company to company, but they all imply a leadership role on the software development team and development expertise.
Proposed job titles include the term "programmer" or "developer", combined with technical expertise
There are also some "Engineer" titles such as "Design and Development Engineer" or "Development Engineer".
Type of jobs available:
ISART's Game Programming program, offered in Paris or Montreal (5 years), is accessible after high school, outside of the Parcoursup program.
The program includes a solid scientific foundation, as in an engineering program, and allows students to acquire technical and scientific expertise related to video games:
As well as mastering cross-disciplinary skills: basic science modules, specialty courses, humanities, introduction to research.
Students apply their knowledge through numerous projects, to be developed alone or in inter-curricular teams. They learn to make production choices, find solutions, manage deadlines and stress, and communicate effectively.
Through teamwork, they develop a good knowledge of other production professions (game designer, game artist, music & sound designer, producer) and discover their constraints.
The mandatory internship or work-study periods allow students to develop their first concrete professional experience, explore various career options, experience different professional environments and work on different projects (independent games, AAA, platforms...).
Learn more about how to get into the school and the Game Programming program (post high school diploma) on the Admission page.
The Lead Developer's activities give him a hybrid profile.
Both a coach and a manager, he or she is also a technical expert in the technologies used: programming languages (C, C++, C#, Python, etc.), software (Unity, Unreal Engine, Visual Studio, etc.), computer environments (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.), and game resources within the framework of a video game project (3D models, animations, interfaces, visual effects, audio, etc.).
His/her missions involve an excellent understanding of the technologies and issues of the digital industry and the challenges related to virtual reality, artificial intelligence and big data.
The Lead Developer job also involves skills in :
After several years, the Lead Developer can become senior or develop his professional career towards the following professions:
The role of Lead Developer is important in many areas of activity where companies depend heavily on computer systems and software for their operations. They can work in many public or private sectors and in structures of all sizes.
In the video game industry, they work in development studios. They can also work in companies that produce games and can act as service providers for other companies.
The IT development expert can work in all types of companies operating in the digital sector, covering various fields such as mobile, Big Data, artificial intelligence, blockchain and augmented reality.
Among the most interesting sectors of activity for a lead developer are video games and real-time simulation.
Many other fields are looking for developers such as health, banking, insurance, energy...
More information on the Game Programming admission exam (in the 1st or 3rd year of the Bachelor's program, depending on test results), on the Admissions page.
Amandine DOBROWOLSKI | Performance & Compensation Specialist | UBISOFT
“The strengths of ISART students are the training, the corporate experience and the projects!"
Anne DEVOUASSOUX | Executive Producer | KYLOTONN
"I was impressed by the quality of finish of the projects I was able to test. ISART Digital students show true technical and creative mastery. The quality of finish on the work is professional level."