Engineering Product Specialist

Closing date
31 May 2018
40 hours per week
Contract type
Hatfield (Head Office)

Ocado is an award-winning online retailer revolutionising grocery shopping in the UK who continually report double digit growth. We are developing our own technology and new customer propositions allowing the business to open multiple sites at an accelerating rate and engaging in exciting new business partnerships. We pride ourselves on the quality of ours goods, people and technological advances that power everything we do.

As part of the central automation engineering team, you and colleagues will work to make our automation solutions a reality at our next generation of customer fulfilment centre’s (CFC’s). You will develop the knowledge and expertise in the application and use of products developed through our in-house product development facility. You will become the product technical specialist for key Ocado Automation Product(s).

We are looking for a number of Product Specialists across different product streams so people with experience and competence in systems engineering, robotics, functional safety and automation should read on.

Role & Responsibilities

  • Be the central automation engineering product specialist for key automation products, developing and maintaining your detailed product knowledge
  • Configuration and application engineering of automation product(s) destined for our new CFC’s
  • Identify and coordinate engineering change requests and product improvements
  • Maintain and communicate product technical documentation
  • Provide technical product support, especially during design, installation & commissioning phases.
  • Support the planning and programme of new installations and upgrades
  • Support engineering supply chain with any related technical issues, including acceptance testing
  • Work closely with our development department to receive new products and developments, being engaged during development and NPI phases
  • Liaise and work with technical resource e.g. product development, both internal and external consultants as required to deliver and validate solutions

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Ability to multitask and manage / prioritise a complex diary with multiple simultaneous activities
  • Aptitude to debate detail (both technical and commercial) with both internal and external parties
  • Be able to perform independently and as part of a team
  • Comfortable in a dynamic, fast paced environment
  • Commercially aware and consider cost impacts on decisions and proposals
  • Communication of technical information in a variety of forms to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Deliver projects on time and within approved budgets
  • Demonstrate a balanced and considered approach to problem resolution
  • Experience of projects and products in highly automated environments
  • Good technical competence relating to automation and general engineering
  • Innovative in thought, able to design & propose alternative solutions when faced with barriers
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, Google Docs and ideally MS Project
  • Project management skills (including planning, risk management and reporting)
  • Relevant technical qualification, to HND or Degree level


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