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Richard Howard Bent-Marshall

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England, UK
Highly skilled software engineer with a passion for technology and a love of solving problems. Having over 9 years professional experience, focusing on efficient and scalable web services serving millions of users worldwide. Adept at bolstering existing teams and rapid prototyping, looking to build exciting & fun software.
Senior Software Engineer - NaturalMotion's BossAlien Studio
August 2018 - Present
Developing key features for Star Wars: Hunters, a new mobile and Switch game set in the Star Wars universe, using C++ and Unreal Engine.
  • Managed the delivery of features as acting scrum lead & release manager.
  • Involved in the creation of an MVP gameplay prototype of a new Star Wars mobile game.
  • Created UI and systems, in Unreal Engine 4, to be used within the metagame of Star Wars: Hunters
  • Managed external vendors, to ensure the correct delivery and integration of audio into Star Wars: Hunters
  • Led the engineering aspects of the audio team for Star Wars: Hunters
Software Engineer - NaturalMotion's BossAlien Studio
July 2014 - August 2018
Involved in the construction and maintenance of the infrastructure serving live games CSR Racing & CSR Classics, with over one million DAU, as well as tools & services. Taken a fullstack development approach working on both the client and server functionality for a new unannounced title. And have worked as part of a small team developing new features for the hit game CSR2.
  • Managed and mentored new team members, making sure they integrate with the team.
  • Ensured legacy titles, CSR Racing and CSR Classics, complied with european GDPR laws.
  • Worked on UI, gameplay and systems architecture for CSR2 features: "The Fast and Furious Finale", "Ferrari 70th Finale" and "Porsche 70th Finale".
  • Designed and implemented multiplayer lobbies & matchmaking functionality for an unannounced game.
  • Developed both client side and server side player vs player feature for an unannounced game.
Backend - CSR Racing/Classics
  • Spearheaded the transition to an AWS Auto-Scaling Groups and CloudFormation based system.
  • Implemented & integrated a leaderboard backend using Redis for storing player data, including the replacement of the then live systems.
  • Developed tooling and server-side functionality for CSR Racing's Events feature.
  • Involved in the design and implementation of the CSR "Friends" feature, focusing on a scalable and fault tolerant backend architecture.
  • Helped build and maintain the current infrastructure serving BossAlien games built on top of AWS.
  • Gathered and documented requirements from game/client developers in order to produce implemented, documented, unit-tested and load-tested server APIs in a number of server-side languages.
Software Tester Frontrunner Plus - University of Essex
October 2013 - March 2014
6 month internship within the University of Essex's Staff and Students Learning Team.
  • Designed, implemented, and reported system tests for the project manager and lead developer.
  • Coordinated the communication of updates and features to the project members.
  • Created instructional videos for both staff and students to teach the usage of the system.
Intern Software Engineer - NaturalMotion's BossAlien Studio
June 2013 - September 2013
Summer internship working on the server aspects of the mobile hits CSR Racing and CSR Classics.
  • Designed and implemented the Boss Alien internal authentication systems.
  • Developed additions to the suite of internal tools.
B.Sc. Computer Science, University of Essex - 1st class honours, 81% overall.
2011 - 2014
Advanced Programming, Distributed Computing Systems, C++ Programming, Software Engineering, Data Structures and Algorithms, Application Programming, Object-Oriented Programming
BTEC IT Practitioners National Diploma, West Suffolk College - Triple Distinction
2009 - 2011
Frank Thilo Award - Awarded on the basis of academic achievement.
Big E Significant Contributors Employability Award
K. F. Bowden Memorial Award - Awarded to the highest 4 marks in a first year undergraduate degree.
Mi Medal - Awarded for the best software development project of the year.
Interests & Hobbies
Privacy & Security, Startups & Entrepreneurs, Finance & Fintech, Cryptocurrency
Side Projects, Self-Hosting, Photography, Motor Sports, Gaming
English, Spanish
References available upon request
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