Ocado Group is hiring a

Project Manager (PJM2)

Welwyn Garden City, 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 the cloud, robotics, AI, and IoT. We develop the innovative software and systems that power Ocado.com, 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 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 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?

The project manager will be accountable on a project or programme basis to achieve delivery of AHA products development in a consistent manner. To do so they will work with the teams in AHA, across OT, Platform Implementation, Client Services, and external parties to ensure that all outcomes are met on time and within budget.

The roles and responsibilities of this role include:

  • Oversee numerous complex projects that span multiple product streams and teams, including software and hardware engineering.
  • Develop individual project schedules to track progress of development against pre- agreed targets
  • Create and apply for project budgets (both internal and external). Track these budgets throughout the life of the projects, accurately forecasting when variations/ updates may be required.
  • Monitor and enforce critical project delivery milestones.
  • Ensure consistent stakeholder management and engagement throughout the project, using gate reviews to communicate against delivery milestones. 
  • Work closely with teams across Ocado Technology, within wider Ocado Group, and external partners and contractors.
  • Proactively track, monitor and mitigate against risks and issues that arise, communicating openly with senior managers to address them promptly.
  • Maintain regular communication and reporting on the status of each project or programme to key stakeholders. Using an array of different communications to suit the different stakeholders, based on the RACI.
  • Manage a full and successful handover to the Product Managers and Product Specialists. To ensure that the product can then be successfully manufactured and delivered to multiple sites by Platform Implementation. 
  • Manage successful delivery onto first site(s) in collaboration with teams in Platform Implementation

What we are looking for

  • Experience managing and delivering complex projects or programmes. 
  • Direct involvement with developments containing both hardware and software aspects, working across a number of different teams.
  • Experience leading projects using suitable project management methodologies (agile, waterfall, etc) .
  • Comfortable working with a broad spectrum of technical, non-technical, internal and external stakeholders.
  • Recognised project management qualification or accreditation (PRINCE2, APM PMQ, AgilePM, etc)
  • Assertive but diplomatic and have a bias for action, collaboration and optimism.
  • A self starter with the ability to drive projects forward.
  • Great facilitator; comfortable sorting out ambiguity and bringing structure and clarity of purpose to a conversation.
  • Fluency in English, both spoken and written.

This would make you stand out from the crowd.

  • Experience delivering projects across multiple territories with differing standards or regulatory compliance.
  • Experience in projects containing a safety or compliance component.
  • Experience in the design and development of industrial automation or working with industrial control systems.
  • Good understanding of Ocado Smart Platform (OSP) especially the proprietary Materials Handling Equipment (MHE).

What we can 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 our 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 staff discounts across Ocado.com and Fetch.

We also have regular divisional socials, sports clubs such as badminton, running and table tennis, 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, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Ocado is an equal opportunity employer.
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.