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Software Engineering Graduate Scheme

Salary notes: 
Job/scheme locations: 
Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
Closing date: 

“Ocado Technology, powering the future of retail through sustained disruptive technology innovation...”

Ocado Technology is putting the world’s retailers online using the cloud, robotics, AI, and IoT. We develop the innovative software and systems that power, the world’s largest online-only grocery retailer as well as the global ‘Ocado Smart Platform’. With everything from websites to fully autonomous warehouse that we design in-house, our employees need to be specialists in a wide range of technologies to help drive our business - we’re looking for the next generation of technology specialists and future leaders!

Our Technology graduate scheme suits high achievers with analytical minds, who enjoy creative problem-solving and find satisfaction in seeing complex projects through from start-to-finish.

We champion a value-led culture to get our teams working at their very best and to help create a collaborative working environment that our people love. Core Principles of Trust, Autonomy, Craftsmanship, Collaboration and Learn Fast help drive our innovative culture.

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!

You’re about to leave university with a lot of skills, a lot of knowledge, and a lot of options. What are you going to do with it all? Our graduate rotation scheme is designed to give you first-hand experience of everything from automation controls to web development. Want to know where you’ll thrive the most? Here’s your chance to learn.

Over four six-month placements, you’ll work in teams across the Ocado Technology division, gaining knowledge and insight of the vast number of challenges we solve every day.

Here are some of the teams you could be working in on the scheme:

  • CFC Systems build resilient and scalable systems to move stock, orders, and pickers through our automated CFC, using Java, Scala and Akka Framework. Their reporting platform also collects and processes vast amounts of data from each system.
  • Product Management partners with engineering and is the convergence point between business, technology and user experience. - Product Managers are responsible for how we enhance our technology solutions to meet our current and future customer, client and business needs.
  • Ecommerce build the websites for Ocado, Morrisons, and our new OSP clients, as well as iOS and Android apps. They’re a mix of developers and designers working together to provide a superb customer experience.
  • Simulation and Visualisation create simulations on Ocado's new automated warehouses with the intention of optimising robotic operations to increase the throughput of the warehouses.
  • 10x are responsible for working on novel projects that involve fast system prototyping and experimentation. The team is made up of software engineers, machine learning specialists and electronics engineers.
  • Infrastructure consists of teams that develop, maintain and support the hardware and software that underpins OSP. The department is looking for graduate engineers to join us to help us build a highly configurable, automated, supportable and monitored platform suited to the forthcoming decade. If you are fascinated by “infrastructure as code” then this is the placement for you.

What we look for

You have or are expecting a 2:1 or 1st class degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science/Software Engineering or similar numerate degree, such as Mathematics or Physics. Although not essential, we are looking for individuals with demonstrable programming ability in Java or another OO language.

The recruitment process

The process will involve a few online tests and a short video interview. If you pass those then an assessment day will follow. The assessment day will include a technical exercise, a Tech Talk discussion on a topic of your interest, plus a group exercise. It’s not as scary as it sounds though! We’ve designed the process to be able to get to know you and to see what you’re capable of.

We expect the scheme to start on the 7th September 2020.

What we can offer you

Within our flexible work environment we can offer technically stretching work, a competitive salary and share schemes. Benefits include a generous pension scheme, interest-free season ticket loan, free shuttle bus from Hatfield train station and, of course, healthy Ocado staff discounts (and free delivery) across our Webshops including Groceries and Fetch.

We also have monthly technology division socials, sports clubs such as badminton, running and table tennis (and much more), 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.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications we will be in contact with shortlisted candidates only. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks, please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Due to the energising nature of Ocado's business, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Ocado is an equal opportunity employer.

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More about this vacancy

South East
Number of vacancies: 
11 to 20
Gym membership/subsidy, Life assurance, Pension scheme (with company contribution), Private healthcare, Share options, Season ticket loan
Days' holiday: 
23 days
Degree requirements: 
Accepts applications from students / graduates requiring a work permit?: 
Degree subjects accepted: 
Computer science & IT, Maths & related, Physics & related