Ocado Technology is putting the world’s retailers online using advanced artificial intelligence, robotics, big data, the cloud and IoT. We develop the innovative software and hardware systems that power the unique Ocado Smart Platform, a retail platform that is being implemented by retailers across the world from Europe to America, Asia and beyond. With everything from websites to highly automated warehouses that we design in-house, our employees are skilled specialists with expertise across a wide range of technologies, working on cutting-edge innovations that are shaping the future of our society.

We are a fast-growing company: today we have colleagues in 7 development centre across the UK and Europe, with offices open in London, Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City (UK), Krakow, Wroclaw (Poland), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Barcelona (Spain), with a satellite office in Stockholm (Sweden). Our culture is a key part of our success, but don’t just take our word for it, do take a look at what our people are saying about us on Glassdoor

The Role In a Nutshell:
The Logistics & Supply Chain department, based in the London office, has an opening for an experienced senior software engineer in the Supply Chain Simulation team.

The Supply Chain Simulation team exists to provide a digital twin to the Supply Chain departments production teams, allowing for research into the development of more efficient algorithms, to model the performance of production code in warehouses that have yet to be built, and enabling the business to understand the impact of decisions for our OSP customers. This blog post “Where Physical and Digital Worlds Collide” from Paul Clarke, our CTO provides a good overview on digital twins and how much Ocado values simulations.

Consequently Supply Chain Simulation is an exciting team, comprising software engineers and simulation analysts, one that provides a stimulating environment with a steady stream of interesting, challenging and stretching problems to solve. Creativity, invention, logic, lateral-thinking are just a few of the skills required.

We’re looking for software engineers who can contribute to the design, build and analysis of the model(s) and algorithms that constitute the Supply Chain simulation(s), who are motivated by the impact their work will have on many parts of a global business such as Ocado, and will fully embrace a collaborative,  lateral-thinking, creative and cutting-edge development environment.

We’re keen to find individuals happy to wear a number of different hats:

  • Inventor: Being part of the creative process that drives new concepts and innovations.
  • Developer: Creating simulations of real-world logistical systems, and building prototypes of the control algorithms that manage such systems.
  • Analyst: Generating, parsing, understanding & drilling into large datasets to discover insight that will inform business decisions and system design.
  • Researcher: Investigating how to optimise algorithms & business processes to improve the efficiency and profitability of the world’s largest purely online grocery retailer.

In short, there’s scope to be seriously challenged, to make a significant impact upon OSP, and to be a part of a dynamic growing team, department and business.

The London-based Supply Chain Simulation team will need to collaborate closely with other Simulation and production control algorithm teams in the UK & mainland Europe. Consequently good communication skills are essential, as is attention to detail and ability to explain and verify simulation results.

We’re passionate about people with…

  • BSc in Computer Science or a numerate degree
  • Solid skills in both Java (ideally Java 8+) and Python (e.g. Pandas)
  • Strong analytical and statistical skills
  • Experience of working on significant-scale open-ended research-type projects and  delivering high-value from such projects - either in commercial or academic environments.
  • An approach that is comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty in project specification.
  • Knowledge of Maven and Gitlab/Gitlab CI
  • Experience and interest in algorithmic optimisation techniques
  • An open-minded approach to engaging with users of the Simulation outside of the team and within the wider business 

It would be great if you had some experience of …

  • Supply Chains
  • Simulations
  • Python numpy, scipy, scikit-learn experience.
  • Working with Jupyter notebooks
  • A relevant MSc or PhD

However: the above list is not set in stone. If you enjoy:

  • Experimentation - learning fast through trying and failing
  • Problem solving through lateral thinking, risk-taking and creativity
  • Working collaboratively with others across to address difficult challenges

…. then please get in touch.

What we can offer you

Our employee benefits are designed for you, we care about people and we’ve ensured we have a wealth of benefits that focus on your well-being. Within our flexible environment we can offer technically stretching work, a competitive salary and share schemes. Benefits include pension scheme, train season ticket loan (interest-free), free shuttle bus from Hatfield train station and of course, healthy Ocado retail staff discounts. 

We also have regular divisional socials, sports clubs not to mention the Ocado Technology Academy for a packed schedule of courses, conferences and events such as discussion sessions, conference briefs and external guest speakers. If you think you have what it takes to make a difference, please submit your application below.

Due to the energising nature of Ocado's business, vacancy close dates, when stated, are indicative and may be subject to change so please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. 

Please note: If you have applied and been rejected for this role in the last 6 months, or applied and been rejected for a role with a similar skill set, we will not re-evaluate you for this position. After 6 months, we will treat your application as a new one. 

Be bold, be unique, be brilliant, be you. We are looking for individuality and we value diversity above gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, age, disability or union participation. We are an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to treating all applicants and employees fairly and equally.

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