Vacancy : Industrial Placement - Bristol

Why PlayStation®?

PlayStation isn’t just the Best Place to Play — it’s also the Best Place to Work. PlayStation has thrilled gamers since 1994, when the original PlayStation was launched. Today, PlayStation is recognised as a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment.

SN Systems is a core part of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), the organisation which manages PlayStation.

We offer a diverse, inclusive culture where every one of our employees has room to grow.

The role

Join the team that develops and tests the development tools used to create every PlayStation® game.

SN Systems, part of Sony Interactive Entertainment, offers well-respected industry placement opportunities each year in its software development department. The programme is for one year and provides the chance to work at the cutting edge of the PlayStation development tools industry


During the year, you will spend time working in several of our teams, including the compiler, debugger, and performance analysis tools teams. You will have the opportunity to contribute towards new versions of our software tools by developing code, measuring performance, writing tests, and analysing customer problems. You will be mentored by experienced engineers throughout your time with us.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Studying for a Computer Science degree.
  • We normally take students who have completed two years of a three- or four-year Computer Science course.

We anticipate that suitable candidates will demonstrate the following personal attributes

  • Motivated and adaptable to work in this fast-moving industry.
  • Enthusiasm and good communication skills are essential since all roles involve teamwork.
  • Passionate about software development and keen to learn.

Essential Skills

  • Competent in writing programs in C/C++.

Desirable Skills

  • Experience of developing applications for Windows.

  • Competent with a scripting language.


  • Salary - £30,000.


Start Date:

  • July/August each year for c12 months.

Application Process

Please submit a CV and covering letter indicating why you are interested in the role, and your relevant experience. Send your application to  

Candidates must be eligible to work legally within the British Isles. 

Our closing date for applications is 24th November 2023.

Benefits of working at SN Systems 

  • Flexible working, giving staff the opportunity to work in the office or combine working at home and spending time in the office for collaboration and moments that matter.
  • Time and space to research and develop cutting edge technologies.
  • Opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills by learning about the latest techniques in a team of experts with a wealth of industry experience.
  • Relaxed working environment with high level of trust and autonomy. All staff are encouraged to express their views and challenge the status quo.
  • 25 days holiday plus national holidays.
  • Generous staff discount across all Sony products.

About SN Systems

We create development tools for PlayStation platforms including PlayStation®5 and PlayStation®VR2. From debuggers and performance analyzers to compilers and target communication servers, our products are designed to make PlayStation developers' work easier and more efficient. We have a deep understanding of game developers' needs and use our expertise to create a range of advanced development tools.

SN Systems is part of Sony Interactive Entertainment's (SIE) Software Engineering Group (SEG), which is part of PlayStation Experience Group (PEG). SN Systems has created the programming tools used on every PlayStation home and portable platform.

We currently employ c. 100 people in Bristol (HQ), Dublin and San Mateo in a dynamic environment where change is the norm.

Equal Opportunity Statement

SN Systems is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, legally protected physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, genetic information or membership in any other legally protected category.

We strive to create an inclusive environment, empower employees, and embrace diversity. We encourage everyone to respond.