Java Software Engineer

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Location:Hertfordshire
Job Type:Full Time

“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 advanced artificial intelligence, robotics, big data, the 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. With everything from websites to highly automated warehouses that we design in-house, our employees are skilled specialists with expertise across a wide range of technologies, working on cutting-edge innovations that are shaping the future of our society.

We are a fast- growing company: today we have colleagues in 7 development centre across the UK and Europe, with offices open in London, Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City (UK), Krakow, Wroclaw (Poland), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Barcelona (Spain), with a satellite office in Stockholm (Sweden).

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 would I be doing?

The role involves developing search software as part of the Ocado Smart Platform. This includes working in an agile team, shipping features, testing, maintaining continuous delivery pipelines, supporting the system in and out of hours.

The roles and responsibilities of this role include:

  • Collaborating to produce well engineered and tested software solutions.
  • Taking part in the continuous improvement of your team.
  • Following positive development practices such as continuous delivery.
  • Learning from others in the team and helping others learn.
  • Working autonomously while keeping to suitable development standards and policies, challenging these where appropriate.
  • Supporting the production system as part of the on-call rota
  • Working with our Data Scientist to come up with new and innovative ways to enhance our search offering and measure their impact through data analysis
  • Supporting the production system as part of the on-call rota
  • Collaborating with users of the search product, including Mobile and Voice engineering teams

What does the team do

The role of a Search Software Engineer is to maintain, support and develop microservices and UI components in the OSP platform. They will be responsible for the entire search experience, including product ordering and ranking, search suggestions, displaying products on the search page and any future innovation that we introduce to enhance our Search capabilities.

What we are looking for

  • Passion for learning and software engineering craftsmanship.
  • Engagement in creating real business value, be it improving user experience or driving up key business metrics like search conversion, basket size
  • A strong Software Engineering background
  • Passion for collaboration and communication and an enjoyment of collaborating within and across teams.
  • Passion for Agile, Lean, learning fast and short feedback loops.

This would make you stand out from the crowd:

  • Experience using Java, AWS technologies,, Spring Boot
  • Experience with microservice architectures
  • Good knowledge of algorithms and data structures
  • Experience developing front end applications, particularly React

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. 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 retail staff discounts.

We also have regular divisional socials, sports clubs 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, vacancy close dates, when stated, are indicative and may be subject to change so please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please note: 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.

Be bold, be unique, be brilliant, be you. We are looking for individuality and we value diversity above gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, age, disability or union participation. We are an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to treating all applicants and employees fairly and equally.

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