Engineering Team Lead

Last updated 18 days ago
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, 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 Engineering Team Leader will be responsible for building a high-performance team. To be successful in this role, you will need to be motivated by experimenting with new technology, processes and practices; and be passionate about creating experiences that delight our customers.

The main purpose of this role is to lead a team of software engineers, delivering business critical functionality whilst maintaining high morale, managing the day to day activities in an efficient and professional manner and ensuring all team targets are met. You can do this by:

  • Collaboratively developing and implementing engineering standards & processes to aid in the development of high quality software.
  • Work with other team leaders and development teams to create and implement a cohesive architecture.
  • Gain sufficient domain knowledge to be able to actively participate in specifying software solutions for business needs.
  • Ensure that software developed within your team delivers business value.
  • Show flexibility to respond to the changing needs and requirements of the business.
  • Proactively report and communicate to the wider organisation on team progress, successes and challenges.
  • Mentor members of your team around their strengths and weaknesses to increase their individual effectiveness in the team.
  • Build and promote a positive culture and working environment within the team and the organisation.
  • Effectively manage team members in line with company policy and procedures, including performance, development, disciplinary and conflict resolution.
  • Participating in out of hours support rota where agreed.

What does the team do

Our test platform team is responsible for the development of an in-house tool that creates production-like environments for the execution of system and integration-level automated testing. By simulating the various containerised OSP applications on our Kubernetes-based infrastructure, end-to-end testing could be conducted in a safe environment before any software is deployed to production.

The goal of the team is to provide the best-in-class test platform that efficiently simulates test environments which closely resemble the deployed warehouse environment. Our test platform ensures that production software is deployed to our automated warehouses with minimal disruption, enabling each of our 24/7 warehouses to operate at hundreds of thousands of orders per week.

What we are looking for

We’re looking to recruit this role internally, we’re naturally looking for someone who lives and breathes the Ocado Technology values but we’re also looking for someone to join the team with the below experience:


  • A proven track record of developing high-quality software to business specification whilst understanding processes and requirements.
  • Experience of shaping an effective software delivery process within a team.
  • Demonstrable ability to influence decisions by developing and maintaining relationships with senior product and engineering managers.
  • Demonstrable ability to identify and develop current and future talent to contribute to business success.
  • Demonstrable ability to translate strategic objectives into everyday activity and guide and motivate others to do the same.
  • Demonstrable adaptability: working under pressure and remaining positive and focused during times of change

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.