Graduate scheme

South East +1

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

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 bot software to data science. Want to know where you’ll thrive the most? Here’s your chance to learn. Our culture of risk-taking and the use of bleeding-edge technology attracts the most bright and capable people making it an exciting space to be part of.

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

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

Bot Software & Hardware

Teams are at the cutting edge of product development. Our engineers focus on the successful delivery of next-generation bot software. We are a team that does what needs to be done, by identifying gaps in our current bot systems and working with talented engineers across our business to prototype and deliver quality products. We are working on niche projects, all contributing to the improvement of our robots.

Product Management

The intersection between the business and technology making sure you are building something the company needs working out with technology they can do that and more importantly checking it is something the customer wants. As a Product Manager, you will have an amazing opportunity to deliver a product that will change how  the world shops. The mission of the product team is to take the energy and excitement and turn it into real products.

The eCommerce department

Creates the eCommerce and Fulfilment solutions that power the Ocado Smart Platform. From the secret sauce that drives our 35 million customer searches and product recommendations, to our market-leading delivery punctuality and order accuracy. Our Mobile teams work closely with our Web teams where we plan & participate in the development of our customer-facing, native iOS app, to be used by millions of people all over the world. Each team is cross-functional; comprising of Android, iOS, and backend engineers, product managers, UX designers, and data scientists, to name a few, working together to deliver features to a high standard.

The Simulation and Visualisation team

create simulations on Ocado's new automated warehouses with the intention of optimising robotic operations to increase the throughput of the warehouses.

Advanced Technology

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.

The Infrastructure Team

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.

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 warehouses 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!

Find out more about Ocado Technology on our website. 

What we look for

We need analytical, passionate, and inquisitive people who can create positive outcomes in a challenging, fast-paced environment and who are looking to join a truly innovative, fast-growing, FTSE 100 business.

Ideally, we are looking for people with a Computer Science or numerate background, this could come from your degree area, a placement year, or hands-on experience. We welcome software engineers from a wide range of disciplines and look forward to receiving your application. We are looking for individuals with demonstrable programming ability in any OO language, as we support training in any alternative languages you may need to know as part of your role.

We offer flexibility on your location

Wherever possible, we offer the option to work from almost any location* for up to 30 calendar days a year, giving our teams the flexibility to be closer to family, expand their horizons, or simply have a change of scenery.

Balance and wellbeing are important to us, and taking a break is key. We also want everyone to use all of their annual leave. That’s why we offer you the possibility of attaching up to two weeks of annual leave to your work-from-anywhere, giving you the chance of extending your stay in your chosen destination.

*Conditions apply to where you can work from

We have a hybrid workplace

We embrace a hybrid working pattern because we know flexibility is crucial for our people.

Where the roles allow it, our teams work together in the office, two to three coordinated days a week. The focus is to relate, interact, and collaborate.

For the rest of the week, there is the option to work remotely.

Our application process

Applications to our schemes open on 4th October 2021 and should be made through the Ocado group website. Due to high volumes of applications our vacancy close dates are subject to change and our suggestion would be to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Following online applications, candidates may be invited to complete a series of online tests along with a video assessment. Applicants who successfully complete these will be invited to attend a Virtual Assessment Centre which is being held on the 22nd November 2021.  The Virtual Assessment Centre will include two group exercises along with a personalised presentation. 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. As mentioned the assessment centre for this role will be held on 22nd November 2021 successful candidates will be invited to begin their roles in September 2022.

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South East, Greater London

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