Ocado Group is hiring a

Java Engineer (Ocean Fulfilment and Logistics)

Hatfield, United Kingdom

“We are on a mission to transform the future of grocery retail through sustained technology innovation.”

Ocado Technology is putting the world’s retailers online using advanced artificial intelligence, robotics, big data, the 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. With everything from websites to highly automated warehouses that we design in-house, our employees are skilled specialists with expertise across a wide range of technologies, working on cutting-edge innovations that are shaping the future of our society.

We are a fast- growing company: today we have colleagues in 7 development centre across the UK and Europe, with offices open in London, Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City (UK), Krakow, Wroclaw (Poland), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Barcelona (Spain), with a satellite office in Stockholm (Sweden).

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 would I be doing?

Must include key points of the role as well as selling the job. (Please keep in mind collaboration and autonomy values -instead of phrases like “You will be doing” and “you will be involved” or “collaborating with”).    

  • Plan, design, develop, test and support bespoke in-house software developed in IntelliJ/Eclipse/NetBeans
  • Active “hands-on” development role; work alongside existing team members to continuously improve, re-factor, peer review code as and when needed - and is prepared to re-architect, re-design and/or propose better solutions
  • Takes ownership of his/her work and sees it through to completion. 
  • Familiar with either Kanban or Scrum -  agile ways of working and collaborating effectively across team and wider technology team
  • Understands and appreciates that “we build it, we own it, we maintain it…”  and will therefore join out-of-hours paid support rota

What does the team do

Our mission is to provide and support the innovative and resilient software solutions that enables Ocado to remain a world leader in online grocery. We believe in the power of agile and focus on delivering value incrementally, using data to constantly collect feedback from our systems to guide our future direction. Our teams operate with the freedom to work as they want and to design and build the best solution to business challenges they can.

We are recruiting for a range of teams all with a focus on our Warehouse Control Systems. All the teams have unique challenges and opportunities to explore new technologies. We will map your skills and interests to what our teams have on offer, and will find the best place for you in our department.

Within our department we have teams working with a range of technologies including Java, SQL, Docker, AWS, Google Cloud Services, Prometheus and Grafana. We deal with complex algorithms and a complicated real-time and business critical domain - the opportunities for learning new things are many and varied.

What we are looking for 

  • Strong programming background Java
  • An in-depth understanding of underpinning techniques.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Multiple programming languages.
  • Docker, or other container technology.
  • Working in a continuous delivery environment (e.g. GitLab CI).
  • The challenges of supporting a live production system

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

We also have regular divisional socials, sports clubs 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. If you think you have what it takes to make a difference, please submit your application below.

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. 

Please note: 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. 

Be bold, be unique, be brilliant, be you. We are looking for individuality and we value diversity above gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, age, disability or union participation. We are an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to treating all applicants and employees fairly and equally.