Ocado Careers – Simulation Engineer

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“We are on a mission: to transform the future of online grocery through cutting-edge technology innovation.”

Ocado Technology is changing the way the world shops using advanced Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics, Big Data, 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.

We’re in need of a passionate and innovative Wireless Simulation Engineer to join our mission, and help contribute to the next phase of development in our wireless technology space.

About our team

For a quick introduction, check out our short video of the Wireless team at Ocado Technology

In the Bot Platform team our mission is to promote system thinking and drive innovation in Ocado’s disruptive environment. We’re trailblazing when it comes to robotics and automated logistics solutions and with our rapid company growth, now’s the time to join us and be part of the ‘Ocado Revolution’.

How you’ll spend your days…

You will focus on developing modelling and simulation toolings for the wireless technologies used by the Ocado OSP platform, and then use the toolings to better plan and design our smart warehouses around the world.

Furthermore, you will take advantage of the huge amount of data we collect and use advanced techniques such as machine learning to improve the models over time. Day to day tasks could be;

  • Develop simulators and models for advanced wireless systems in Python/C/C++.

  • Collect and analyse large data sets and use machine learning technique to drive optimisation and improvement of the wireless products

  • Collaborate with other teams to simulate expected system-level performance and provides quick feedback

  • Develop and maintains a thorough understanding of the system operation, right down to the lowest levels

  • Share knowledge and up-skill wider teams

  • Adopt a continual improvement methodology

  • Support the platform in a live enterprise environment

  • Write and maintain codebase and documentation.

We’d love to talk to you if you have…

  • In-depth knowledge of one programming language, preferably Python

  • Good knowledge of RF principles, such as radio propagation and their impact on system performance

  • Experience of building simulation toolings for wireless technologies

  • Hands-on experience with big data analysis and machine learning techniques

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills

  • Self-starting and able to build their role autonomously

  • Relvant degree or qualification in Wireless Communications, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or similar technical field

Bonus points if you also have…

  • Postgraduate degree in Wireless Communications, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or similar technical field

  • NS-3 network simulator experience

  • Knowledge of radio propagation modelling techniques, e.g. ray tracing, path loss models

  • Previous experience with data platforms, e.g. Google Cloud Platform, BigQuery, SQL etc

  • Team player, self-driven and able to manage multiple tasks against business priorities

Please don’t worry, this is not an exhaustive list! If you feel you’d be a good fit for the role there are some things we can teach you, so we would still love to hear from you.

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.

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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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