Associate Principal Software Engineer

Jun 14, 2024
Manhattan, United States
... Not specified
... Intermediate
Full time
... Office work

At Rockstar Games, we create world-class entertainment experiences. 

A career at Rockstar Games is about being part of a team working on some of the most creatively rewarding and ambitious projects to be found in any entertainment medium. You would be welcomed to a dedicated and inclusive environment where you can learn and collaborate with some of the most talented people in the industry. 

Rockstar NYC is seeking an experienced Associate Principal Software Engineer to join our Online Services Auth & Identity team, as an individual contributor who can take ownership of critical interconnected systems and develop future-looking plans for improvements. This is a full-time in-office position based out of our Rockstar offices.  

The successful candidate will be working on .NET 8 and TypeScript solutions with an internationally established team, supporting Grand Theft Auto Online and upcoming releases. They will possess a great attention to detail, be a strong team player and have excellent communication skills. 

We are looking for someone who is passionate about games, eager for new challenges, and ready to continue our legacy of creating the greatest games in the world. 



  • The Rockstar Games Online Services is a technology platform that powers Rockstar’s online titles and our ability to deliver world-class player experiences.
  • We create and maintain high-impact features for Grand Theft Auto Online, Red Dead Online, the Rockstar Games Launcher, and the Rockstar websites, as well as the core player account ecosystem.
  • We align technology and tools with our digital distribution platform to create solutions that enhance our games and empower various teams within Rockstar.
  • The Auth & Identity team collaborates with teams across Rockstar Games to provide centralized authentication, authorization, and identity systems, supporting our players across all platforms. 


  • Take ownership of large-scale systems utilizing C#, MSSQL, and JavaScript with React.
  • Evaluate existing systems to identify opportunities for improvement and modernization, work with product management and engineering team members to design and implement changes.  
  • Collaborate with other teams across our global organization to design technical solutions to meet a very high bar of security and scalability needs.
  • Demonstrate expert technical knowledge that can be used to guide and mentor fellow engineers to solve complex problems.
  • Conduct code reviews and provide constructive feedback to help ensure all work meets best practice guidelines.  


  • Minimum of 10 years of professional software engineering experience.
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience working on authentication systems, preferably at scale
  • A degree in computer science or equivalent.
  • As a core member of an internationally based team, you will possess excellent communication skills, with a proven ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with engineers and stakeholders.
  • A strong sense of ownership, with a proactive nature, and a drive to accomplish objectives and drive a team to success.
  • A passion for web and automation technologies and a desire to remain up to date with the latest technologies. 


  • Experience with architecture and ownership of large-scale systems.
  • Expert in measuring large-scale solution KPIs using data driven approaches.
  • Expert in .NET and SQL for building highly performant large-scale systems.
  • Expert in modern JavaScript or TypeScript with experience in React.
  • Experience with shared code and use of source control platforms, preferably Perforce and Git.
  • Knowledge of Agile software development processes. 


Please note that these are desirable skills and are not required to apply for the position. 

  • Experience with TypeScript.
  • Knowledge of accessibility best practices.  
  • Knowledge of Rockstar’s game titles and a passion for playing video games.
  • Experience implementing and rolling out end-user passwordless solutions. 


Please apply with a resume and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the skills above. If we would like to move forward with your application, a Rockstar recruiter will reach out to you to explain next steps and guide you through the process.

Rockstar is committed to creating a work environment that promotes equal opportunity, dignity and respect. In line with this commitment, Rockstar will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified job applicants with disabilities during the recruitment process in order for such applicants to be considered for the position for which they are applying, as well as to qualified employees to enable them to perform the essential functions of their roles. If you need more information about Rockstar’s reasonable accommodation policies or process, or need to request an accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Department.                                   

** For those based in Toronto, Rockstar will provide accommodations to job applicants and employees as long as such accommodations do not pose an undue hardship on Rockstar, and consistent with its obligations under the Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

If you’ve got the right skills for the job, we want to hear from you. We encourage applications from all suitable candidates regardless of age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, belief, race, or any other protected category.

The pay range for this position in New York State (inclusive of New York City) at the start of employment is expected to be between the range below* per year. However, base pay offered is based on market location, and may vary further depending on individualized factors for job candidates, such as job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and other objective business considerations. Subject to those same considerations, the total compensation package for this position may also include other elements, including a bonus and/or equity awards, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment. If hired, employee will be in an "at-will position" and the company reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation or benefit program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, company or individual department/team performance, and market factors.


*NY Base Pay Range
$123,500$182,780 USD
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