Riot Games is hiring a

Staff Engineer - Production Engineering

Dublin, Ireland

Production Engineering at Riot is challenged with diving into our most ambiguous technology spaces between games, central services and infrastructure to solve our reliability and visibility challenges as Riot continues to scale into a multi-game ecosystem. In order to succeed as a Staff Engineer on this team you will need to be able to partner with any engineering team at Riot on a wide range of technical stacks. 

As a Staff Engineer you will be deeply challenged to learn a large breadth of architecture at Riot. You will need to curate a prioritized view of the highest value areas you can deploy your team in order to enable our players to have consistent, reliable engagement experiences with Riot’s games. You will be expected to build alignment across multiple different technology stakeholders and grow your engineers. You’ll be partnering and coordinating with technical leads across Riot while aligning your priorities with some of Riot’s most important strategic objectives.

You’re right for this role if the idea of tackling some of the hardest challenges in high-scale service development excites you. You’re the type of person that loves it when a plan comes together. You believe that impossible is your favorite kind of possible.


  • Maintain and evolve Riot’s technical understanding of its multifaceted technical architectures
  • Ensure Riot central technology teams have the necessary vision into how our live services are performing
  • Help craft and lead a fledgling team into a competent Tier 1 Site Reliability capable group
  • Design, implement and modify services to enhance reliability and visibility
  • Establish meaningful, long lived, standards across multiple technical stacks
  • Provide emergent, critical support and maintenance to existing platforms
  • Be on rotational on-call for live product support and operational assessment
  • Provide meaningful code review for other members of the team
  • Produce comprehensive user documentation around your implemented solutions

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Computer Science or a related field or relevant professional experience
  • 5+ years of relevant experience
  • Experience with designing, prioritizing and maintaining high-capacity, high-availability, and high-performant software, especially back-end services
  • Demonstrated ability to work across multiple organizations and generate alignment on technical standards
  • Demonstrated experience mentoring engineers to grow technically on your teams
  • Demonstrated experience working in container-based ecosystems and with a container scheduler (e.g. Marathon, Mesos, Kubernetes, GKE, Amazon ECS)
  • Experience with distributed systems, specifically microservices
  • Experience with API design, preferably using REST
  • Understand networking - HTTP down to the network layer (TCP/IP, routing, etc)
  • Understand relational databases like MySQL

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2+ Years working in a high performance Site Reliability capacity
  • Experience building high-quality software in languages like Go, Java, Python, or Javascript
  • Familiarity with Site Reliability best practices
  • Experience building teams from the ground up
  • Experience with CI/CD pipelines, ideally Jenkins
  • Understand software performance and influence latency in online games 
  • Experience with AWS (or comparable cloud environments)

For this role, you'll find success through craft expertise, a collaborative spirit, and decision-making that prioritizes the delight of players. We will look at your past studies, experience, and your personal relationship with games. If you embody player empathy and care about the experiences of players, this could be the role for you!

Our Perks:

We offer medical and dental to you and your spouse/domestic partner, and children. Life insurance, parental leave, plus short-term and long-term disability coverage are also available. Riot will support your retirement benefits with a company match, and double down on your donations of time and money to non-profit charitable organizations. Balance between work and personal life is encouraged with open paid time off, and a play fund so you can broaden and deepen your personal relationship with games.

Let's Thrive Together:

Because together we are better. It's our policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and members of Riot Games. We know that fresh and varied perspectives will make us better at what we do, so however you identify and whatever background you bring with you, we're excited to hear from you. Don't be discouraged if you feel you don't meet every one of the requirements for a role, there's always room for growth at Riot. If you spot a role to make you want to jump out of bed in the morning, we are waiting to hear from you!