Software Engineering Team Leader - Bot Services

Last updated 9 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?

As an Engineering Team Leader, you will manage a team of individual contributors of mostly Java Engineers, and will be responsible for the products and/or services they provide. You will take care of the performance and well-being 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 will your 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.

We want to talk to you if you have

  • 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

These would make you stand out from the crowd..

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

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 retail staff discounts.

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.

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.

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.

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