“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 Bot Services team supports Engineers working on bots in our automated Customer Fulfilment Centres. We work collaboratively to deliver fantastic products and services in a timely way, contributing to Ocado Technology’s technical focus.

We have an exciting opportunity for a graduate or entry level Software Engineer to join our dynamic and talented team, to help us find great solutions and play an active role in our technical decision making and direction.


What would you be working on?

The team maintains several complex applications; Bot Induct allows safe removal and addition of bots onto our ‘hive’ - guiding users through the process, testing that the bots are fully working before they can move onto the grid, and orchestrating the handover between other control systems. 

The Bot Config manages bot firmware and configuration, and is responsible for seamless distribution of bot firmware updates across swarms of bots on live grids. 

The Bot Tester and Bot Scripter apps are used for controlling bots manually when needed. They support sending individual commands and scripting potentially complex movement patterns that can be used for testing new versions of bots and grids.

What would I be doing?

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

Leading & Influencing:

  • Managing your own workload to support the team’s delivery.
  • Actively demonstrating behaviours associated with the Ocado Technology Values in work and in working with others.
  • Participate in team reviews / continuous improvement sessions.

Designing for Future:

  • Participate in technical discovery with the team.
  • Following team standards and best practices.
  • Seeking to understand your work and your team’s work in the context of the product roadmap, the domain and key technologies.

Delivering for Today:

  • Delivering value, with support from your team, addressing today’s requirements.
  • Extracting and gathering data about the operation of your Product. Using this data to support future design or delivery.
  • Collaborating with your team, reviewing your work with them as appropriate.
  • Supporting other team members in their efforts to reduce waste.

Executing with Quality:

  • Familiarising yourself with your team’s domain and ways of working in order to meet the team’s quality standards.
  • Implementing and testing your product/service in line with your team’s standards.
  • Maintaining and improving the current security level of your team’s products.

Support:

  • Providing first line support and resolve issues, with support from your team as needed.
  • Collaborating with your team to deliver solutions to ongoing support queries.

What we are looking for:

  • 2.1 BSc or above degree in Computer Science or related subject like Mathematics or Physics (or an equivalent grade from outside the UK).
  • Excellent understanding of OOP and software design.
  • Experience in Java 8+ or other OO languages (we’re currently using Java 11).
  • A passion for developing high-quality enterprise software.
  • Experience of working collaboratively in a team, to support business needs.
  • Good verbal and written 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 microservices.
  • Experience working with real-time systems.
  • Understanding of functional programming.
  • Familiarity with web security best practices.

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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