Technology Marketing Communications Internship

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Closing date
28 Feb 2017
40 hours per week
Contract type
Hatfield (Head Office)

We’re Ocado Technology. We are responsible for developing in-house almost all of the software that powers, the world's largest online-only grocery retailer, including their end-to-end e-commerce, fulfillment, and logistics platform.

Our technology estate is very broad and deep: real-time control systems, robotics, vision systems, machine learning, simulation, data science, forecasting systems, routing systems, inference engines, big data and much more.

We are engaged in an ambitious project to rewrite from scratch our end to end software platform to run in the cloud, refresh all our technology stacks and wipe out our accumulated technical debt. We have also developed a new modular and scalable hardware platform for building our highly automated warehouses, we call them Customer Fulfilment Centres (CFCs), the next two of which are under construction. The combination of these software and hardware platforms is what we call the Ocado Smart Platform (OSP), which we will use to put some of the largest bricks and mortar retailers around the world online using our disruptive business model.

So what does a marketing communications intern do at Ocado Technology?

The marketing communications team is responsible for the development of creative campaigns that ensure Ocado Technology stays in the news and is positioned as a thought leader on key industry trends and issues. We also support internal communications and employee engagement; manage the technology press office function; provide advice and support to colleagues across Ocado Technology with regards to content and messaging for outward facing communications; manage multiple social media channels; and promote our presence at industry tradeshows, conferences, and other events.
This internship is a great opportunity for an undergraduate or recent graduate looking to start a career in technology or science copywriting and marketing communications. You will be able to write engaging copy covering topics such as robotics, machine learning, IoT, cloud, big data or e-commerce - think blog posts, contributed articles, op-eds. The role will involve using feedback from the technology communications manager and other colleagues from Ocado Technology to sharpen your writing skills and create finished pieces that tell an interesting story to the reader, whilst adhering to the high-quality standards of technology writing.

Day-to-day tasks will include gaining experience in the following:

  • Researching and creating original content aimed at a technology-minded audience
  • Writing to a consistently high standard while taking into account SEO fundamentals
  • Working and supporting management with content creation 
  • Delivering content within agreed timelines and at a constant frequency

You will also undertake part of the press office function, giving you the ability to build up industry specific media contacts, including editors and reporters from established publications such as Ars Technica, BBC, Bloomberg, Business Insider, Engadget, The Guardian, Gizmodo, Harvard Business Review, MIT Technology Review, Quartz, The Register, TechCrunch, Wired.

You will also have the opportunity to work with some of the brightest minds in the world (hardware engineers, software developers, scientists and researchers) and develop your general technology and science knowledge.

What we look for:

  • Minimum 2:1 for each of your course modules to date or a recent graduate with a bachelor’s degree in a marketing, creative writing, English, or related degree. We are also willing to accept candidates from a technical background that possess the required skills needed for the role. 
  • Ideally 3-6 months of previous copywriting experience for a business or technology blogging.
  • Keen interest in digital communications channels and growth hacking.
  • A passion for technology and an ability to manage your time and resources efficiently.
  • Excellent attention to detail, spelling, and grammar.
  • Basic understanding of SEO or keen to learn the basics.

We’re also looking for people who reflect our values – people who can learn fast through experimenting; who are autonomous through taking ownership and driving innovation; who are collaborative and work well in high-performing teams. We value trust, honesty, and craftsmanship. Essentially, if you’re talented and innovative, we’d love to hear from you!

Recruitment Process:

The process will involve an initial screening interview over the phone followed by a face to face interview. Finally, there will be one or two writing tasks that will need to be completed within a given deadline. It’s not as scary as it sounds though! We’ve designed the process to be able to get to know you and to see what you’re capable of.

What we can offer you:

As an intern with Ocado Technology you will be working from our office in Hatfield, Hertfordshire - a 20-minute train ride from central London.
We want you to have a great time working at Ocado so we’ll give you the freedom and the tools and the playful, stimulating working environment you need to do what’s never been done before. We will pay you equivalent to £15,000-£20,000 per annum (depending on experience) plus all our usual benefits including 15% staff discount, Friday socials, a variety of sports clubs plus much more.
This placement opportunity is available for 12 months commencing immediately upon accepting the offer. Please indicate in your cover letter if there would be any other preferences regarding the start date.

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