Graduate Programme - Engineering Operations

We are looking for 70 graduates across 10 schemes to join our fast paced, dynamic and innovative company. Ocado has been growing rapidly and through this we are giving real responsibility and autonomy to our graduates. Graduates will not just fill spaces, but we will give you genuine development opportunities to become future leaders and rise quickly through the company to help shape the future of Ocado.

What we want from our Engineering Operations candidates

We want candidates that are technically minded and interested in the processes that work inside a 24/7 automated warehouse. Ocado desire candidates that want to know how things work, how they can fix them and how they can better the technology and themselves. Can you master a robot filled chess board the size of a factory?

The Engineering Operations Scheme

Ocado is underpinned by ever-changing engineering operations and at the forefront of technology in warehouse design. Engineering operations are responsible for all maintenance, repair and continuous improvement of the automated mechanical handling equipment (AMHE) used across all our warehouses (which we call "Customer Fulfilment Centres" or "CFCs"). Graduates on this 18 month scheme are some of the first to have the opportunity to work with our newly installed Ocado own unique automated solutions. The programme will cover aspects of “applied” engineering to AMHE environment.

Some of your responsibilities could involve:

  • Setting up analytical analysis processes using statistical process control (SPC) and Six sigma approach to preventative maintenance systems
  • Engaging with engineering teams on Root Cause Analysis and solutions
  • Setting up “LEAN” initiatives similar to 5S and total quality management (TQM)
  • Reacting to MHE breakdowns (both mechanical and electrical), locating the fault, analysing the issue and completing the fix in a timely manner to keep operation downtime to a minimum
  • Increasing machine reliability on existing and new equipment, diagnosing equipment breakdowns and action repairs ensuring direction of labour and planned engineering activities fully support the operation

Potential placements include:

  • Continuous improvement team – Getting an introductory view of your base CFC, learning the essentials of all things bot and getting to know the technical aspects and how to fix what powers our CFC’s.
  • Engineering Team Manager – With added responsibility, you will be involved not only in the operation of bots, but managing a team to ensure they work efficiently.
  • General Engineering Operations – This rotation provides you with a broader perspecitvie and vantage point of the CFC you work in, whilst becoming familiar with standardised processes


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