Engineering Team Leader

Last updated one month ago
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?

As an Engineering Team Leader, you will manage a team of individual contributors of mostly Engineers, and will be responsible for the products and/or services they provide. You will take care of the performance and wellbeing of the team members, keeping them aligned and giving them sufficient autonomy to do their work. You will make sure that the products and/or services are delivered with the expected level of quality, fulfilling the expectations created in the amount of time agreed, in partnership with the Product Manager. You will typically report to an Engineering Manager (EM).

What does the team do

You will be part of the Bot Services team in the Engineering Control Systems area. Our mission is to support Engineers working on bots in our automated warehouses.
The software we develop is responsible for safe removal and induction of bots onto the hive - guiding users through the process, testing that the bots are fully working before they can move onto the grid, and orchestrating the handover between other control systems.
Another part of our system holds bot configurations, and manages distribution of firmware updates across swarms of bots. We are also responsible for applications that are used for controlling bots manually when needed, either sending individual commands or scripting potentially complex movement patterns that can be used for testing new versions of bots and commissioning grids in new warehouses.

What we are looking for

  • 2.1 BSc or above degree in Computer Science or related subject (or an equivalent grade from outside the UK)
  • Experience in managing teams
  • Highly organised and able to plan, manage, track and deliver effectively
  • Excellent understanding of Lean and Agile principles and practices
  • Passionate about developing high-quality enterprise software
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Experience in Java 8+ or other OO languages
  • Happy to take an active role in supporting the business needs

This would make you stand out from the crowd:

  • Experience in software design
  • Experience in using AWS
  • Experience working in a continuous delivery environment
  • Experience working with micro-services
  • Experience in using databases and SQL, and the connectivity from Java (e.g. Hibernate)
  • Experience in frontend development

What we can 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 our 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 staff discounts across Ocado.com

We also have regular divisional socials, sports clubs such as badminton, running and table tennis, 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, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Ocado is an equal opportunity employer.
Please note that due to the high volume of applications we will be in contact with shortlisted candidates only. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks, please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.
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