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Platform Engineer

Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK

Ocado Technology is the in-house technology division of over 1,200 software developers, engineers, researchers and scientists that uses the latest in AI, robotics, cloud services, big data, and mobile technologies. We brainstorm, design, architect, innovate, experiment, build and maintain the systems that power Ocado.

Ocado Technology is developing a world class and highly innovative retail and fulfilment platform, called the Ocado Smart Platform (OSP). Our next generation fulfilment centres make sure that the stock we receive from our suppliers is stored in the right area of our automated warehouse, such that we can pick all the items in each of the customer orders passed to us. This task involves algorithms and business logic breaking the job down into component parts which can be passed to our numerous people, conveyor and robot control systems for execution. Efficiency and accuracy are at the centre of everything we do. Building the new technology platform to enable each of our sites, running 24/7, to reach their 200,000 orders per week capability keeps us busy and continually presents new challenges for us to solve.

What does the Platform Engineering team do?

The Platform Engineering team is responsible for building the internal cloud that powers our automated warehouses. These will be built anywhere in the world; quickly, reliably and with the least amount of human intervention.

Our challenge is to achieve what some call the holy grail of system administration: start from an empty server room at a remote location and automatically deploy, build and configure the platform so that it is a fully functioning system. This system has to be maintainable, upgradeable and supportable; with the aim of being fully zero-touch in both deployment and operation.

What will I be doing? What do I need to know?

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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 , Fetch , Sizzle and Fabled .

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.

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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.