Head of Automation Development

Reference
DEM1
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
31 Mar 2017
Hours
40 hours per week
Contract type
Full-time
Location
Hatfield (Head Office)
Vacancy description

You’ve already lead at the forefront. Now it’s time to work in the future.

Just over 16 years ago, we established Ocado with the vision of transforming how the nation shops. Today, we are the world’s largest dedicated online grocery retailer, currently exceeding the expectations of more than 580,000 active customers every year.

More importantly for you, we’re in pole position to develop and further evolve in this, the largest of all retail segments. And as pioneers who have always designed our own proprietary solutions from scratch, working in a culture that’s more like an innovative software start-up, we’re well placed to take the lead on further innovation in automation, technology and IP.

We have already developed ground breaking warehouse automation solutions that push the boundaries of efficiency, modularity and scalability in our next-generation, automated grocery fulfilment centres. And we continue to develop all of the software that powers Ocado in-house, from the real time control systems that drive our automated warehouse, and sophisticated route optimisation software, to our robotics, 3D vision systems and the complex algorithms embedded in our inference engines.

As Head of Automation Development, you’ll join our Development and Engineering Division to identify future direction for development, manage product development projects, influence automation design and delivery of new Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC) projects and run our dedicated R&D facility all in line with cost and time targets.

It’s an exciting and influential role where all of your senior leadership experience, expertise and vision will come into play. Here, you’ll enjoy all the freedom and responsibility you need to influence and implement change. That is, if you are also competent in automation hardware and software, including software integration, and have taken the lead on automation product development and methodology and lifecycles. Just as importantly, you’ll bring assertive communication skills that influence and enable complex change, the people and management skills that enable you to network effectively and build good working relationships at all levels, and the tenacity essential to working effectively at senior level.

 In return, you’ll enjoy a package of benefits designed to recognise and reward your contribution, including a group pension scheme, private healthcare, life assurance and, after a qualifying period, access to our Share Plans.  

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