Ocado Group is hiring a

General Manager, Construction and Installation

Tysons, United States

Who We Are

Ocado is a UK based company admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange (Ticker OCDO). It comprises one of the world's largest dedicated online grocery retailers, operating its own grocery and general merchandise retail businesses under Ocado.com and other specialist shop banners, together with its Ocado Solutions division.

The Ocado Solutions division is responsible for providing Ocado’s innovative advanced robotics technology, known as the Ocado Smart Platform ("OSP"),  to our major retailer clients around the world. OSP comprises access to Ocado's physical infrastructure solutions, running highly efficient warehouse operations for the single pick of products, together with the entire end-to-end proprietary software applications and advanced robotics required to operate a world-class online grocery business.

Our unique, proprietary and industry-leading technology is set to transform the shopping experience of consumers around the world. We have partnered with the Kroger Family of Companies in the US to help redefine the grocery customer experience through the adoption of the centralized, automated model of online retailing provided by the Ocado Smart Platform.

Come join us as we build our North American team, bringing world-class innovation and technologies to one of the most exciting global markets for e-commerce.

What You Will Do

Ocado has built and operates a series of large, automated Fulfilment Centers (FC’s) to satisfy increasing demand from customers for a high-quality and reliable delivery service for online grocery orders. Ocado has signed deals with a number of international Grocers to provide them with the Ocado Smart Platform (OSP) to manage their automated FC’s and supporting head office software to provide a leading online grocery business.

As a result of our growth, a Construction and Installation team has been established to support our business and develop the capabilities needed to build and install the Ocado Smart Platform for clients across the world. As Ocado transforms there is a growing need to support multiple complex projects across new styles and sizes of FCs. 

We are looking for a General Manager of Construction and Installation for North America, who will be accountable for the simultaneous delivery of 5-15 OSP Material Handling Equipment (MHE) Installations across client sites in the USA and Canada.

Day-to-day responsibilities could include:

  • Leadership & management of a group of 10+ Lead Engineering Project Managers, Preconstruction/Purchasing Managers and Safety coordinators. This team should be able to install, commission and fault find complex Material Handling Equipment against challenging budgets of $50M per project.
  • Assist in planning and scheduling a portfolio of FC’s for delivery within 12-15 months with multiple stakeholders and their dependencies 
  • Support recruitment and on-boarding of new FC install delivery teams to work in USA and Canada while ensuring local competencies and qualifications meet in-country regulation.
  • Ensure that significant adverse events are investigated, and that management introduce controls to reduce any risks
  • Set the standard for the plan, design and management of construction sites in-country for Ocado MHE, dovetailing with clients and principal contractors, while being responsible for all Ocado construction safety in-country.
  • Support the establishment of a 5 year installation regional strategy, incorporating framework contract orders, standardization of tenders and contracts.
  • Tender and negotiate multi-million dollar contracts with VP-level and above contacts, incorporating high labor content and technical difficulty against a challenging budget target.
  • Support teams to remain agile and responsive to last-minute changes and still make go live dates also track or shadow client plans and anticipate issues.
  • Present and summarize technical issues and the commercial options available to the Vice President of Construction & Installation for escalations and decisions.
  • Responsibility for the team’s adherence to national/local legislation for construction/engineering compliance.
  • Ensure UK machinery design standards meet the country/state specific requirements where required. Ability to negotiate with local authorities and obtain approvals.
  • Responsible for MHE risk identification, mitigation and documentation. This requires anticipating engineering challenges and the need to manage and consult mitigations/issues (e.g. Prototypes, Engineering compliance etc.).
  • Ensure each site delivers installation projects against budget. Formally present variations, mitigations to the business at regular intervals and reforecast new budgets where required.
  • Collaborate and enforce standards and processes to maximize efficiency and optimize costs.

Who You Are

To qualify for this position, you should meet the following requirements:

Minimum:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field  
  • 12+ years experience managing significant construction projects
  • Familiar with standard PPM tools (Microsoft Project or Primavera 6 Planning Tool etc) applied to complex multi-million dollar projects
  • Experience managing remote technical teams of 20 people or more
  • Aptitude to lead on technical and commercial discussions with internal and external parties
  • Ability to communicate strategy to senior stakeholders
  • Ability to navigate common drawing packages (e.g. Autocad, Revit, Google SketchUp, EPlan + Solidworks etc.)
  • Ability to negotiate USA and Canadian legal trade contracts with Legal team and suppliers
  • Ability to manage multiple project budgets in the multi million dollar range each 

Preferred (in addition to minimum):

  • Masters Degree in Engineering or related field
  • OSHA 30 Certificate
  • PMP or Equivalent 
  • Knowledge of continuous improvement approaches (Lean 6 sigma, etc.)

For a sense of who we are and what we deliver we invite you to explore online to learn more about Ocado Technology and Ocado Engineering, which directly support the Ocado Solutions division, and take the next step in what will be an amazing career with us.

Location

This position will be fully remote with a minimum of 25% travel.

What We Offer 

  • 401k Plan; 100% match up to 5% of earnings
  • Paid Vacation and Sick Days
  • 10 Paid Public Holidays
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Medical and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health Reimbursement Account; Company Contribution of 50% of Annual Deductible
  • Company Paid Life Insurance  
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program

Learn about our partnership with Kroger:

Ocado is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, veteran’s status, or any other classification as required by applicable law.