Senior Software Engineer - Hive Management (Java)

Last updated 2 days 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?

You will be part of the Hive Manager team in the Engineering Control Systems area.

The Hive Manager application allows Engineers in our automated warehouses to monitor and manage various aspects of the hives where stock is stored and orders are fulfilled - these include the bots, as they swarm across the storage grid to fulfil customer orders and put away stock, as well as the ‘stations’ where orders are picked or containers move into or out of the grid, but also the health of the grid itself and data about the containers and stock within the grid.

This is a full stack application, with a modern web-delivered front end, a backend that caches live data about bots and the grid, and has a database persisting extra data to assist Engineers. It communicates with other applications in the warehouse in realtime, for example fetching live information about the bots from the system that plans their activities in realtime. It is a highly available system running on AWS, and forms a critical part of our warehouse control systems. As such it is very well tested and we also maintain a close relationship with our users so that we can deliver changes in an agile iterative way, quickly improving the product and raising quality.

What does the team do

In this role, you will be part of one of our amazing technology teams, using your expertise and problem solving skills to contribute to the team’s delivery, working together to deliver fantastic products and services in a timely way, and contributing to Ocado Technology’s technical focus. You’ll be working with others to find great solutions and taking an active role in technical decision making within the team.

What we are looking for

  • Excellent OOP and software design skills, with demonstrable problem solving skills
  • Extensive experience in Java 8+ or other OO languages
  • A good knowledge of Javascript
  • Experience developing REST based web applications
  • Passionate about developing high-quality enterprise software
  • Comfortable working in an Agile team
  • Good spoken and written English
  • Happy to take an active role in supporting the business needs

This would make you stand out from the crowd:

  • Previously used AWS
  • Worked in a continuous delivery environment
  • Experience working with micro-services
  • Know how to use databases and SQL, and the connectivity from Java (e.g. Hibernate)
  • Front end development skills
  • Experience working with real-time systems
  • Understanding of functional programming
  • Familiarity with web security best practice

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 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.

We are thrilled to welcome applicants from across the world. Please note that unfortunately we are unable to cover the cost of your visa at this time. We do cover the relevant company costs for visa sponsorship. 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.

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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