Head of Automation Development

Closing date
31 Mar 2017
40 hours per week
Contract type
Hatfield (Head Office)
Vacancy description

To enable Ocado to retain UK sector lead and to grow nationally and internationally through the design, development and on-site delivery of new automation products and systems.

Roles & Responsibilities

Working within the Development and Engineering division and through a dedicated management team, leading across all other relevant Ocado teams to:

  • Define and agree the prioritised road-map for future automation development
  • Provide the automation catalogue for Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC) design teams and jointly develop effective automation solutions
  • Provide planning input to new CFC projects
  • Own and manage the automation development budget
  • Develop and deliver automation product and system objectives to functional, performance, cost and schedule targets
  • Run the dedicated Ocado R&D facility
  • Manage the procurement, implementation, commissioning and handover of the automation system in each new CFC in line with performance, schedule and cost targets
  • Manage Root cause streams for diagnosis and resolution of product / system issues.
  • Provide ongoing technical support for existing customers
  • Govern all activities through technical and procedural fora, and through the continued refinement of appropriate processes and procedures
  • Manage directly a team of circa 20 people (though many more involved in product and project delivery)
  • Part of senior management leadership team with Development and Engineering Division.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Technically competent in automation hardware and software and particularly in software integration
  • Leadership experience in automation product development methodology and lifecycles
  • Experienced, assertive and influential senior leader
  • Operates extremely well across all business levels
  • Comfortable with high levels of accountability
  • Able to think clearly, particularly when dealing with complexity
  • Logical thinker and quickly able to differentiate requirements from solutions
  • Excellent communicator
  • Able to get the best from and create great working relationships with both internal resources and external suppliers
  • Determined and persistent
  • Good management and networking capabilities
  • Professional and amenable
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
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