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

As a Robotics Intern, you will be responsible for working on novel research projects that involve fast system prototyping and experimentation. You will be required to work on bespoke problems to solve unique business issues. You will design and execute cutting edge research that has the potential to enhance or transform the way Ocado uses technology.

Currently, our focus is on robotic pick - using sensors and robotic arms to pick customers’ orders. We are proud to say this is already live at our customer fulfilment centre based in Erith, but there is still much work to be done to streamline and harden the system for widespread deployment across all of our sites. We need gifted researchers and engineers to help us optimise the throughput of the system, and to enhance the system’s functionality so we can take our robotics products to the next level.

Our ideal candidate will…

  • Be studying a relevant degree in Computer Science,AI, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering or a STEM related subjects.

  • Bring a fresh outlook on smaller business projects that require attention

  • Apply own knowledge and experience to existing Ocado Tech projects

  • Approach the project collaboratively

  • Work with and experience different tech stacks to develop skills

  • Embrace Ocado Tech culture

  • Gain valuable experience in a new area of Engineering/Technology

  • Be a collaborative, entrepreneurial T-shaped person who enjoys continuous self-improvement

  • Be someone who can process complex theoretical ideas and apply them to practical systems.

Not only are we looking for talented, ‘outside the box’ thinkers, we’re also looking for people who reflect our values – people who can learn fast through experimenting; who are autonomous through taking ownership and driving innovation; we want people who will collaborate and work well in high-performing teams. We value trust, honesty, and craftsmanship.

We take on 1st year students to PHD graduates. You should...

  • Have a passion for quality coding and cutting edge technology

  • Be working towards a relevant degree

  • Be a logical thinker

  • Embody a collaborative approach to projects

  • Not be afraid to think outside of the box

We’re all about innovation and refusing to accept the status quo, so if you’re keen to push the limits of your learning – and our technology – we want to hear from you!

Our technology team creates value for Ocado in the near-term as well as the long-term by working on speculative projects that push the boundaries of what can be achieved with technology. The team provides an environment in which innovation can thrive and there is plenty of opportunity to collaborate with Ocado's specialist software and engineering teams in the UK and Ocado's development offices in Europe.

To find out more about Intern placements, or about working at Ocado Technology,  please visit our website: www.ocadotechnology.com

Please note that this position is predominantly based in Hatfield but we do also have offices in Welwyn Garden City and in London so candidates will need to be prepared to travel to any site if required. 

About Ocado Technology

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. 

Find out more about how we are pioneering the future through serial technology innovation here

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;

  • Hybrid Working patterns (varies 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 depending on length of service (various options available including employer contribution matching up to 7%)

  • Private Medical Insurance

  • Train Ticket loan (interest-free)

  • Cycle to Work Scheme

  • Free shuttle bus to and from Hatfield Train Station to the Hatfield offices [Only include for relevant roles]

  • 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.

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Be bold, be unique, be brilliant, be you. We are looking for individuality and we value diversity. We are an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to treating all applicants and employees fairly and equally. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a positive, barrier-free recruitment process and supportive work environment. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application.

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.

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