Ocado Careers – Hardware Engineering

Website Ocado

Duration of programme: 1 year

Start Date: September 2023

End Date: September 2024

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Location: Welwyn Garden City, we do also have offices in Hatfield and in London so candidates will need to be prepared to travel to any site if required.

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

Our hardware teams are at the cutting-edge of our technology engineering business. From the design and manufacture of the most state-of-the-art products in the business, to their delivery into our multi-million pound Customer Fulfilment Centres (CFCs) across the globe, our bespoke electrical and mechanical development projects are pushing the boundaries of innovation and automation.

Within these teams sit the Grid Development function, which is responsible for the design, testing and manufacture of our automated products relating to our Grid and its storage and safety functionality. The Bot Hardware Development function, which is responsible for the design, testing and manufacture of our automated products relating to our Bots. We are looking for hardware (Mechanical and Electrical Design) interns who will be responsible for the design of automation equipment systems, sub-systems and components. You may be involved at any stage from translating requirements, through concept generation, detail design, manufacturer support to design updates and enhancements.

What would I be doing?

  • Bring a fresh outlook on smaller business projects that require attention

  • Apply own knowledge and experience to existing Ocado Tech projects

  • Approach the project collaboratively

  • Work with and experience different tech stacks to develop skills

  • Embrace Ocado Tech culture

  • Gain valuable experience in a new area of Engineering/Technology

What we are looking for:

We take 1st year students to PHD graduates. You should…

  • Have a passion designing, developing and manufacturing new and innovative products in cutting edge technology

  • Be working towards a relevant degree in Mechanical Design

  • Be a logical thinker

  • Embody a collaborative approach to projects

  • Not be afraid to think outside of the box

This would make you stand out from the crowd

Not only are we looking for talented, ‘outside the box’ thinkers, we’re also looking for people who reflect our values – people who can learn fast through experimenting; who are autonomous through taking ownership and driving innovation; we want people who will collaborate and work well in high-performing teams. We value trust, honesty, and craftsmanship.

About Ocado Technology

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.

Find out more about how we are pioneering the future through serial technology innovation here and watch this video to find out more.

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.


Listed below are some of the most popular benefits that our employees enjoy:

  • 15% discount and free delivery for all employees at ocado.com

  • Hybrid working – where the roles allow it, our teams work together in the office, two to three coordinated days a week

  • 25 days annual leave (plus optional to buy more)

  • 30 days ‘working from anywhere in the world’ policy

  • Free shuttle bus to and from Hatfield Train Station

  • Generous pension and share schemes

  • Private medical insurance

  • Variety of discounts with other retailers

Right to Work

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 the company-specific costs. 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.

Equal Opportunities

Ocado Group is an equal opportunities employer and as such makes every effort to ensure that all potential employees are treated fairly and equally, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, age, or disability or union membership status. Find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at Ocado here.

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