The Role In a Nutshell:
The Logistics & Supply Chain department, based in the London office, has an opening for software engineers of all levels in the Supply Chain Simulation team.

The Supply Chain Simulation team exists to provide a digital twin to the Supply Chain department production teams, allowing for research into the development of more efficient algorithms, modelling 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. The 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.

Supply Chain Simulation is an exciting team that provides a stimulating environment with a steady stream of interesting, challenging and stretching problems to solve. We’re a cross-functional team, with software engineers and simulation analysts working together to provide valuable insight. Creativity, invention, logic, and analytical 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 models and algorithms that constitute the Supply Chain simulation.
  • are motivated by the impact their work will have on many parts of a global business such as Ocado.
  • will fully embrace a collaborative,  analytical, 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 logistics systems, and building prototypes of the control algorithms that manage such systems.
  • Analyst: Generating, parsing, understanding and drilling into large datasets to discover insight that will inform business decisions and system design.
  • Ambassador: Championing the use of simulation by working collaboratively with users to showcase the value simulation can bring.

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. Good communication skills are essential, as is ability to explain and verify simulation results.


What we are looking for…

  • Degree level education
  • Solid skills in Java
  • Solid analytical and statistical skills
  • An approach that is comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty in project specification
  • An enthusiasm for collaborating with users of the simulation outside of the team and within the wider business 

What would make you stand out from the crowd?…

  • Python, including data analysis tools such as pandas, NumPy, SciPy or similar
  • Supply chains
  • Simulations
  • Maven and Gitlab/Gitlab CI
  • Jupyter notebooks

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 to address difficult challenges

…then please get in touch!

 

About Ocado Technology

“We are on a mission: to transform the future of online grocery through cutting-edge technology innovation.”

Ocado Technology is changing the way the world shops using advanced Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics, Big Data, Cloud and IoT. We develop the innovative software and hardware systems that power Ocado.com, as well as the unique ‘Ocado Smart Platform’ which is being implemented by ambitious retailers across the world from Europe to America, Asia and beyond. 

We build everything in-house: from intelligent, frictionless e-commerce platforms to highly automated warehouses, our employees are skilled specialists with expertise across a wide range of technologies. We’re working on cutting-edge innovations that are shaping the future of our society.

We are a fast-growing, global company. Today we have colleagues in development centre across the world - London, Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City (UK), Krakow, Wroclaw (Poland), Sofia (Bulgaria), Barcelona (Spain), Stockholm (Sweden), Las Vegas, San Francisco (USA) and Toronto (Canada).

Our Values

We champion a value-led culture to get our teams working at their very best and to help create a collaborative working environment with inspiring projects that our people love. Core values of Trust, Autonomy, Craftsmanship, Collaboration and Learn Fast help drive our innovative culture.  But don’t just take our word for it, have a look at what our people are saying about us on Glassdoor.

 

What we 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. We can offer technically stretching work, a competitive salary and;

    • Flexible working patterns and options for remote working (depending on your role/team)
    • Wellbeing support through Apps such as Unmind and an Employee Assistance Programme
    • 25 days annual leave, rising to 27 days after 5 years service (plus optional holiday purchase)
    • Pension scheme (various options available including employer contribution matching up to 7%)
    • Private Medical Insurance
    • 22 weeks paid maternity leave and 6 weeks paid paternity leave (once relevant service requirements complete) 
    • Train Ticket loan (interest-free)
    • Cycle to Work Scheme
    • Opportunity to participate in Sharesave and Buy as You Earn share schemes
    • 15% discount on Ocado.com and free delivery for all employees
    • Income Protection (can be up to 50% of salary for 3 years) and Life Assurance (3 x annual salary)

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

 

We are thrilled to welcome applicants from across the world. Whilst we are able to offer visa sponsorship, please note that we are only able to cover the company-specific costs. For all employment offers made for UK roles, it is expected that you will be based in the UK in commutable distance, ready for your first day of work, so please keep this in mind. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

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. 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. All benefits information is subject to change and the terms of the individual arrangements.

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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