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Tools Programmer, Applied Usability

Epic Games

Epic Games

Software Engineering
Bellevue, WA, USA
Posted on Friday, April 5, 2024


At the core of Epic’s success are talented, passionate people. Epic prides itself on creating a collaborative, welcoming, and creative environment. Whether it’s building award-winning games or crafting engine technology that enables others to make visually stunning interactive experiences, we’re always innovating.

Being Epic means being a part of a team that continually strives to do right by our community and users. We’re constantly innovating to raise the bar of engine and game development.


What We Do

Unreal-powered projects have been on the bleeding edge of real-time entertainment for over 20 years. Our team of engineering experts are always innovating to improve the tools and technology that empower content developers worldwide.

What You'll Do

We're looking for a Tools Programmer to work on the development of the Unreal Engine editor and its tools with a focus on improving usability. You will have the opportunity to work across areas and systems, identifying their workflows pain points, designing solutions and implementing them. The ideal candidate is self-motivated and passionate about UI, UX and usability, excited to work with artists and content creators to optimize their workflows and enable them to do their best work. You should have an endless list of ideas for improving the efficiency of a suite of game development tools, be willing to take risks and think out of the box.

In this role, you will

  • Identify workflow issues, usability issues and tooling gaps in the Unreal Engine editor
  • Work with UX designers and artists to come up with solutions to usability problems
  • Implement new workflows and tools to accelerate content creation
  • Improve and optimize existing tools, working across teams with subject matter experts, to make them state of the art
  • Analyze and fix common problems in a game engine such as performance issues and memory usage
  • Work collaboratively across many of Epics’ internal teams and projects
  • Work with Unreal Engine’s licensees to enable them to overcome their challenges

What we're looking for

  • Excellent C++ skills and experience developing in a large codebase
  • Experience writing tools that improve the customer’s user experience, iteration, and development time in game development or other fields
  • A passion for improving the customer experience in software products, holistically and beyond code. Some examples of your passion may be - participating in UX design, developing automated tests, or adding profiling and analytics to monitor user behaviors
  • Well versed in software engineering and design principles
  • Someone who is user-focused, passionate, solutions-focused, and innovative. These traits equal success at Epic and influence everything we do
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate fluently in English (written and verbal)


Our intent is to cover all things that are medically necessary and improve the quality of life. We pay 100% of the premiums for both you and your dependents. Our coverage includes Medical, Dental, a Vision HRA, Long Term Disability, Life Insurance & a 401k with competitive match. We also offer a robust mental well-being program through Modern Health, which provides free therapy and coaching for employees & dependents. Throughout the year we celebrate our employees with events and company-wide paid breaks. We offer unlimited PTO and sick time and recognize individuals for 7 years of employment with a paid sabbatical.

Pay Transparency Information

The expected annual base pay range(s) for this position are detailed below. Each base pay range is relevant only for individuals who are residents of or will be expected to work within the specified locale. Compensation varies based on a variety of factors, which include (but aren’t limited to) things such as skills and competencies, qualifications, knowledge, and experience. In addition to base pay, most employees are eligible to participate in Epic’s generous benefit plans and discretionary incentive programs (subject to the terms of those plans or programs).

Washington Base Pay Range
$157,355$230,788 USD


Epic Games spans across 19 countries with 55 studios and 4,500+ employees globally. For over 25 years, we’ve been making award-winning games and engine technology that empowers others to make visually stunning games and 3D content that bring environments to life like never before. Epic’s award-winning Unreal Engine technology not only provides game developers the ability to build high-fidelity, interactive experiences for PC, console, mobile, and VR, it is also a tool being embraced by content creators across a variety of industries such as media and entertainment, automotive, and architectural design. As we continue to build our Engine technology and develop remarkable games, we strive to build teams of world-class talent.

Like what you hear? Come be a part of something Epic!

Epic Games deeply values diverse teams and an inclusive work culture, and we are proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. Learn more about our Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy here.

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