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

What does the team do?

Sitting within Ocado Technology’s Engineering Control Systems department, our Rainbow Warehouse Control System (RWCS) team work on software services powering automated machinery in our Customer Fulfilment Centres. This small but talented team of engineers work collaboratively to deliver fantastic products and services in a timely way.

We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Software Engineer to join the team to contribute to the product delivery, mentor and drive excellence. You’ll be inquisitive and innovative, constantly looking to find solutions to complex problems in a timely way, and working with others to deliver fantastic products and services that will be used by our colleagues and clients globally.

If the above sounds like a compelling opportunity and matches your skills and experience, then we would love to hear from you.


What would you be working on?

Our flagship product, the Warehouse Control System, is a complex service which sits between the high-level algorithmic considerations of business logic applications, and the low-level communications with hardware controllers in our warehouses. Among a number of functions, the system tracks movement of all containers on conveyors (e.g. going through various stations), and controls hardware at junctions to route containers to their destinations.

Tote Conveyors is another system we develop. It controls machines that automatically put bags into empty delivery containers - this includes a frontend for monitoring the bagging operation. Finally, the Tote Wash system manages automatic cleaning of containers and their flow between the ‘hive’ and the tote wash machine.

All of our control systems are real-time, highly available applications running in AWS - which creates some interesting challenges!

What would I be doing?

Day-to-day, your responsibilities would fall into several key activities:

Leading & Influencing:

  • Contributing towards technical decisions in your team.
  • Helping set standards and ways of working in your team.
  • Supporting your team to deliver, contributing effectively to team continuous improvement.
  • Taking responsibility for your personal delivery towards team goals, managing and prioritising your workload effectively.
  • Actively demonstrating the Ocado Technology Principles in the way you work. 

Designing for Future:

  • Contributing to technical discovery, sharing constructive ideas and critique.
  • Participating in design activities and capturing learning effectively.
  • Designing solutions with the Ocado Tech engineering principles in mind. 

Deliver for Today:

  • Delivering business value that addresses today’s requirements, contributing to solving the related technical problems.
  • Participating in the full product delivery lifecycle.
  • Collaborating with, and reviewing the work of others within your team.
  • Identifying and seeking to reduce waste in our ways of working. 
  • Extracting, gathering and presenting data on the operation of your Product. Using this data to support future design and delivery.

Executing with Quality:

  • Familiarising yourself with the team’s domain and ways of working to adhere to and improve your team’s quality standards.
  • Researching and recommending industry practices that could benefit your team’s delivery.
  • Implementing and conducting testing in line with team standards.
  • Finding and fixing security vulnerabilities where appropriate.
  • Using and enhancing diagnostics for your Product, in order to resolve faults.

Support:

  • Delivering solutions to ongoing support queries.
  • Providing 1st and 2nd line product support.
  • Participating in out of hours support rota where agreed.

What we are looking for:

  • A passion for, and experience developing high-quality enterprise software.
  • 2.1 BSc or above degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science or related subject like Mathematics or Physics.
  • An excellent understanding of OOP and software design.
  • Experience in Java 8+ (we use Java 11+) or other OO languages.
  • Experience working collaboratively within a team, to support business needs.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

This would make you stand out from the crowd:

  • Knowledge of AWS.
  • Experience working in an Agile continuous delivery environment.
  • Experience working with real-time systems.
  • Understanding of functional programming.
  • Experience in coaching and mentoring.

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 regularly review our benefits to ensure we are supporting our employees appropriately. Currently, we offer technically stretching work, a competitive salary and;

  • Hybrid working patterns meaning part of the working week can be spent working remotely (typically 3 days per week). However, your working pattern will depend upon your role/team).
  • 30 days ‘working from anywhere’ policy 
  • 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
  • Free shuttle bus to and from Hatfield Train Station to the Hatfield offices.
  • 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.


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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 costs relating to the Certificate of Sponsorship and the Immigration Skills Charge only. 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. Please assume you have been unsuccessful if you haven’t heard from us within 4 weeks.
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