Who We Are

Ocado is a UK based company admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange (Ticker OCDO). It comprises one of the world’s largest dedicated online grocery retailers, operating its own grocery and general merchandise retail businesses under Ocado.com and other specialist shop banners, together with its Ocado Solutions division.

The Ocado Solutions division is responsible for providing Ocado’s innovative advanced robotics technology, known as the Ocado Smart Platform (“OSP”), to our major retailer clients around the world. OSP consists of access to Ocado’s physical infrastructure solutions, efficient warehouse operations for the single pick of products, end-to-end proprietary software applications, and advanced robotics required to operate a world-class online grocery business.

Our unique, proprietary, and industry-leading technology are set to transform the shopping experience of consumers around the world. We have partnered with the Kroger Family of Companies in the US to help redefine the grocery customer experience through the adoption of the centralized, automated model of online retailing provided by the Ocado Smart Platform.

Join us as we build our North American team, bringing world-class innovation and technologies to one of the most exciting global markets for e-commerce.

What You Will Do  

The Structural Grid Specialist, reports to the Specialist Manager. You will be a part of the OSP (Ocado Smart Platform) Implementation team. The OSP Implementation team is responsible for on-site construction, contractor management, and implementation of Ocado’s state of art Customer Fulfillment Centers (CFCs).

Your role in the team is to:

  • Be responsible for providing expertise in the end to end installation of all grid structure and ancillary hardware on time and to quality standards at multiple sites across North America
  • At various locations throughout North America, you will be expected to provide expertise at the start of construction, as needed on-site during construction and on-site during commissioning activities 
  • Communicate joint working rules with other teams, e.g., Clients contractors and other Ocado contractors
  • Ensure trade contractors are trained to perform the work (e.g., grid test build) and follow appropriate quality assurance processes, to ensure the trades adherence to the required component and installed part tolerances for the steel and aluminum structure that forms the grid
  • Collaborate with grid trade contractors on expectations for  day to day look ahead, morning minutes, build rates, educate them on the Grid QA documentation process and that they understand the checking of grid materials pre-install
  • Help to identify and coordinate applicable engineering change requests and participate in risk identification and mitigation, anticipating engineering challenges
  • Visit sites at the start of installation, as needed to resolve issues and at the commissioning
  • Guide the local installer on how to use the grid installation manuals with Ocado preferred methods/best practices and grid quality install checks at the start of construction and as needed throughout return visits to the site
  • Help produce / update and agree with the relevant Ocado HSE Risk Assessments
  • Perform a documented handover process to the Engineering Project Manager for the implementation and handover phase
  • Help to ensure that contractors  comply with Health and Safety best practices (e.g. “Working at Height,” “Grid access control”) in the Global industry and OSHA requirements
  • Review the design pack and convert to a practical technical Installation plan
  • Record and problem solve potential grid non-conformance as the works progress and ensure prescribed testing and commissioning is undertaken and that all drawings/test certificates / as-builts are retained for the Clients handover
  • Work with existing Ocado HQ to continue build rate documentation in line with the existing process, ensure record keeping is up to date and accurate

Day-to-day responsibilities could include:

  • Communicate expectations for Grid Manager’s logistic management plan to all parties effectively and maintain the plan as site constraint change 
  • At the start of a new facility, on-site, collaborate with the Ocado site leader to establish the overall site layout, i.e., contractor trailer locations, the establishment of lay-down areas, placement of materials storage cages, etc. and relay it to the general contractor to ensure a fully integrated Logistics plan
  • Assist the local team in how to  develop, maintain, and update the inventory management register and collaborate with the Grid Installation Manager and Project Coordinator to ensure records/ledgers of all materials held on site are updated every 24 hours
  • Work with Grid Manager to ensure a seamless delivery process and materials arrival to site process; including all off-loading, site lifting plans, large tool (JIG) delivery set up, and the trade contractor JHA approvals
  • Instruct the implementation in the  daily coordination and logistics management for Grid and Peripheral parts deliveries, which include significant quantities of aluminum and steel legs, coordinating safe and efficient off-loading and movement into the chamber, avoiding double handling
  • Attend weekly last planner meetings and inform the team of material needs in advance of construction operations, escalate shortages promptly with mitigation measures, record client or contractor delay and contribute to daily site diary
  • Help to undertake integrated activity coordination with other team members delivering interfacing trade packages, e.g., Grid Installation, Peripheral Installation, Conveying and Automation
  • Assist the grid manager in swiftly reporting any missing items, or items not meeting the project specification and subsequently implement quarantine arrangements and materials return

Who You Are

To qualify for this position, you should meet the following requirements:


  • 3-5 years of experience in mechanical installation of VNA, pallet racking, or AS/RS systems
  • Engineering Graduate or time served tradesperson (3-5 years experience)
  • Experience acting as the project technical lead
  • Solid understanding of OSHA standards and processes is essential
  • Experience with construction projects involving structural steel, AS/RS, or racking in manufacturing, automotive, airports, FMCG distribution, or similar fields in the MHE industry
  • Technical experience in structural building, storage racking, and in construction environments
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel 
  • Ability to monitor, report and communicate progress/barriers with a variety of stakeholders, both in verbal and written form

  Preferred (in addition to minimum)

  • OSHA 10 Certification
  • Aptitude to debate technical detail with MHE vendors, and ensure compliance to Ocado Engineering standards
  • Ability to design & propose alternative solutions when faced with project barriers 
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical audiences
  • Ability to navigate common drawing packages (e.g., Autocad)


Work will typically be on one of 20 sites anywhere in the USA at various stages of construction.  Extensive travel will be required. Initial onboarding of 1-3 months is likely to take place in the UK or existing OSP site. 

What We Offer 

  • 401k Plan; 100% match up to 5% of earnings
  • Paid Vacation and Sick Days
  • 10 Paid Public Holidays
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Medical and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health Reimbursement Account; Company Contribution of 50% of Annual Deductible
  • Company Paid Life Insurance  
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program

Learn about our partnership with Kroger:

Ocado is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, veteran’s status, or any other classification as required by applicable law.

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