Mechanical / Structural Design Engineer

Closing date
30 Dec 2018
40 hours per week
Contract type
Welwyn Garden City (Remus)

Ocado is an award-winning online retailer who continually report double digit growth. We have world class automated Customer Fulfilment Centres (CFC’s) in the UK. Now having revolutionised grocery shopping in the UK based on our ground breaking Ocado Smart Platform technology we are engaging in exciting new International business opportunities requiring the implementation of multiple CFC’s around the world.

What you will be doing?

The Structural Design Engineer role is responsible for the design of complex engineering structures and the components that they are composed of. This entails calculations, simulations and modelling through to the creation of part drawings, specifications and installation information.

What would we love you to be able to brag about?

  • A good Bachelor or Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering;
  • Sound technical background in designing for components with cyclical loading and with high durability;
  • Competence in LS Dyna or other dynamic simulation software;
  • A proven track record in designing complex structures that have gone into production;
  • Experience in 3D CAD, preferably SolidWorks and PDM software;
  • Experience of designing to BS8888 with the use of GD&T;
  • The ability to work within a team on multiple projects, to prioritise tasks and to manage own time;
  • Familiar with building and safety standards;
  • Proficient in understanding and dealing with the effects of manufacturing tolerances;
  • Able to identify and mitigate risk via calculations, modelling, simulation etc;
  • Experience of delivering work packages to time and budget constraints.

Preferred (in addition to minimum)

  • Knowledge of simulation to predict fatigue and impact;

Chartered Engineer status.


  • Generating concepts and developing structural designs using 3D CAD modelling;
  • Performing calculations of loads and stresses;
  • Using simulation software for single physics static and dynamic scenario analysis;
  • Selecting construction material taking into consideration cost and availability;
  • Drafting inputs to technical specifications including functional design specifications, and creating 2D drawings, assembly drawings and bills of materials;
  • Managing technical risk, ensuring significant risks are reported and mitigated;
  • Solving engineering problems in a structured and methodical manner using data to make decisions. Documenting and publishing calculations, methods and reasons for decisions;
  • Traveling to other company sites and to suppliers to present work, collaborate on projects and seek advice;
  • Preparing and presenting concepts and designs at reviews;
  • Liaising with other departments and sites;
  • Supporting the transition of designs into manufacture;
  • Ensuring design files and records are kept up to date;
  • Following departmental processes at all stages of development;
  • Carrying out design change requests and associated administration in a timely manner;
  • Reporting progress of all assigned tasks;
  • Keeping up to date with the latest manufacturing techniques and material developments.


  • Pension
  • Life Assurance
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Income Protection
  • 23 days holiday, increasing to 25 with 3 years’ service
  • 15% Ocado discount

Equal Opportunity Employer

Ocado is an equal opportunities employer and as such makes every effort to ensure that all potential employers are treated fairly and equally, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, disability or union membership status.

We will always aim to respond to everyone who applies for one of our roles. Sometimes though we have a lot of applicants and it takes us a little while to get back to everyone.  If you haven’t heard from us within two weeks of your application, then you should take it that you have not been successful on this occasion and accept our apologies that we didn’t manage to get back to you personally. 

Due to the fast-paced nature of Ocado's business our vacancy close dates may be subject to change.

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