“We are on a mission to transform the future of grocery retail through sustained technology innovation.”

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 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. 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).

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

A bit about our team...

Our Control Systems teams are building applications which power the picking and storage systems within our next generation customer fulfilment centres (CFCs). These CFCs are core to the Ocado Smart Platform (OSP) being marketed to retailers globally. We are looking for graduate software engineers to help continue the development of our automated solutions into world class products.

Our systems are responsible for the control and maintenance of 1000s of robots over our proprietary 4G-based mobile network and the control of peripheral conveyor systems. We are also responsible for a suite of apps which aid the operational teams in the smooth running of our warehouses. All these applications are critical to our warehouses reaching their maximum capacity and efficiency, in turn enabling Ocado Technology to continue its growth into a fully fledged, product-based technology company.

What we’d like you to do...

As a junior software engineer within the Real-time Control Systems teams, you will be helping to develop our systems following agile methodologies. You’ll be required to collaborate with members of your immediate team but you should also be motivated to work independently when necessary. You should have a passion for learning as much as possible in order to become a skilled and competent software developer. With a diverse range of technologies in use, you will be able to move between these regularly, quickly expanding and deepening your technical knowledge and software engineering skills.

We'd like to hear from you if you have...

  • An understanding of computer science fundamentals and the ability to pick up new ideas and knowledge, putting it into practice quickly
  • Basic programming experience, preferably in Java
  • Willingness to work across a variety of technologies
  • Demonstrable problem-solving skills
  • Object Oriented programming experience

Bonus points if you also have...

  • Some experience with non-OO programming
  • Knowledge of building production-ready systems
  • An understanding of real-time control systems or low-latency systems
  • Experience or interest in algorithms and optimisation

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.

We are thrilled to welcome applicants from across the world. Please note that unfortunately we are unable to cover the cost of your visa at this time. We do cover the relevant company costs for visa sponsorship. 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. 

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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