Ocado Jobs – Mechatronics Engineer

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

What does the team do?

As part of our Advanced Technology division, our talented robotics engineering teams are working to automate physical processes that require sensing and judgement through the use of robotics and machine vision.

Currently, our focus is on robotic pick – using sensors and robotic arms to pick customers’ orders. We are proud to say this is already live at our customer fulfilment centre based in Erith, but there is still much work to be done to streamline and harden the system for widespread deployment across all of our sites. We need gifted researchers and engineers to help us optimise the throughput of the system, and to enhance the system’s functionality so we can take our robotics products to the next level.

By using what we have learnt from the development of our robotic pick, we have been able to create even more cutting edge products, such as robotic decant and advanced guidance for AGVs which help us to move pallets of stock and completed orders through our CFCs.

Our division is growing, and so we need great software engineers and roboticists of varied levels of experience to join us, forge a great team together, and drive the advancement of revolutionary robotics and automation.

What will you do?

The roles and responsibilities of this role include:

  • Modelling of dynamic systems and designing control algorithms to satisfy system requirements

  • Specifying functionally appropriate system components

  • Collaborating on system architecture design (hardware and software)

  • Designing and implementing real-time and/or embedded software according to systems requirements

  • Evaluating the performance of prototype devices

  • Working collaboratively with other team members with expertise in other engineering disciplines.

We’d like to hear from you if you have…

  • Degree in Mechatronics, Cybernetics or Control Systems Engineering

  • Understanding of closed loop control system performance

  • Experience in the design of feedback control laws

  • Experience with dynamic systems modelling

  • Experience in robotics, especially robot kinematics, dynamics, robot modelling and control

  • Knowledge of how to choose functionally appropriate actuation devices

  • Experience with the choice of sensors according to functional requirements

  • Motor control design experience

  • Understanding of the effects of sample rate on closed loop control systems

  • Understanding of the trade-offs involved in realising a particular functionality in the various technology domains (viz. electronic/mechanical/software)

  • High proficiency programming in C/C++

  • Experience in and understanding of real-time scheduling and resource allocation

  • Experience of real-time systems profiling and debugging

  • Experience of writing device drivers

  • An appreciation of the principles involved in hardware and software co-design

  • Knowledge of digital signal processing

Bonus points if you also have…

  • Previous experience with the low-level control of robotic or prosthetic devices

  • Experience with multi-variable control systems

  • Knowledge of communications protocols (e.g. TCP/IP, UDP, Fieldbus, serial)

  • Relevant post-graduate degree

  • Ability to program in Python

  • Familiarity with ROS (Robot Operating System)

  • Design and layout of PCBs

  • Mechanical design using CAD

Our Values

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 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. We regularly review our benefits to ensure we are supporting our employees appropriately. Currently, we offer technically stretching work, a competitive salary and;

  • A Work from Home policy that sees you in the office typically 40% of your time.

  • 30 days ‘working from anywhere’ policy

  • Equity Plan (10-15% of salary) for eligible roles

  • Wellbeing support through Apps such as Unmind and an Employee Assistance Programme

  • 25 days annual leave, rising to 27 days after 5 years service (plus optional holiday purchase)

  • Pension scheme (various options available including employer contribution matching up to 7%)

  • Private Medical Insurance

  • 22 weeks paid maternity leave and 6 weeks paid paternity leave (once relevant service requirements complete)

  • Train Ticket loan (interest-free)

  • Cycle to Work Scheme

  • Free shuttle bus to and from Welwyn Garden City Train Station to the Welwyn Garden City offices

  • Opportunity to participate in Sharesave and Buy as You Earn share schemes

  • 15% discount on Ocado.com and free delivery for all employees

  • Income Protection (can be up to 50% of salary for 3 years) and Life Assurance (3 x annual salary)

We also have regular divisional socials, sports clubs not to mention the Ocado Technology Academy for a packed schedule of courses, conferences and events. If you think you have what it takes to make a difference, please submit your application below.

Be bold, be unique, be brilliant, be you. We are looking for individuality and we value diversity. We are an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to treating all applicants and employees fairly and equally. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a positive, barrier-free recruitment process and supportive work environment. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application.

We are thrilled to welcome applicants from across the world. Whilst we are able to offer visa sponsorship, please note that we are only able to cover costs relating to the Certificate of Sponsorship and the Immigration Skills Charge only. For all employment offers made for UK roles, it is expected that you will be based in the UK in commutable distance, ready for your first day of work, so please keep this in mind. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

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. 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. All benefits information is subject to change and the terms of the individual arrangements. Please assume you have been unsuccessful if you haven’t heard from us within 4 weeks.



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