Engineering Project Manager

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Closing date
05 Nov 2018
40 hours per week
Contract type
Welwyn Garden City (Remus)

Here at Ocado we have exciting and innovative automation projects, we are looking for a talented Engineering Project Manager to take technical responsibility for the delivery to budget and to support growth, reduce operating cost and improve efficiency for Ocado’s 24/7 high speed, highly automated customer fulfilment centres.

What will you be doing?

  • Project managing the planning, execution, control and closing of the work to achieve set goals and meet success criteria at the specified time by generating a stage gated development project plan in accordance with the departmental methodology. Define success milestones and manage development programs within budget and to timescale. Determines project responsibilities by identifying project phases and elements; assigning personnel to phases and elements; reviewing bids from contractors.
  • Vendor selection to identify new suppliers and partners capable of supporting the delivery of innovative system and technology as well as making sure that appropriate and effective contractual arrangements are in place. Vendor management of external suppliers and experts from requirements through contract, build, acceptance and test.  Work with the NPI team to ensure a smooth transfer to manufacture with the chosen vendor and Product Rollout team to launch into catalogue.
  • Ensuring that appropriate contractual arrangements are negotiated and in place for projects and assisting other engineers in this process.
  • Matrix management of appropriate internal business-wide resource and expertise to support innovation and delivery
  • Risk management – owning and management of technical risk register and engineering risk register identifying and controlling both problems and opportunities by applying appropriate mitigations and monitoring and planning accordingly.
  • Taking product business requirements and able to turn these into technical requirements and in turn deriving specifications from which planning out the activities and the resource required to ensure these criteria are achieved in the final product can be achieved.
  • Identification of stakeholders and management through clear and regular communication of development cycle progress to stakeholders through the systematic identification, analysis, planning and implementation of actions designed to engage with individuals and groups affected by the project.
  • Communication Skills – Ability to give effective and engaging presentations to general audiences and be able to communicate effectively engineering topics to technical and non-technical stakeholders up to board level.
  • Transfer to manufacture – where appropriate ensuring products are suitable for transfer to manufacture in conjunction with the NPI team and Manufacturing Development
  • Project closure – in conjunction with the Product Rollout Manager ensuring that product and associated documentation meet the criteria for entry into the product catalogue and for handover to Central Engineering

Key Customers and Collaborators

  • Ocado Technology, Product Development, Product Group Leader and Automation Project Manager


  • Line management and project leadership of engineering personnel assigned to related projects within the stream.
  • Ensuring that planning and products which are delivered are consistent with the T-Plan roadmap owned by the Product Group Leader

What skills are you looking for me to have?

Minimum: Degree in a technically related subject.

  • An Engineering qualification, to HND or Degree level
  • Good technical ability (or experience) relating to automation hardware. Experience with electronics, robotics and vision is highly preferable.
  • Proven track record in system or technical design and delivery.
  • Experience in managing project budgets and having to understand requirements trade-offs and applying the appropriate analysis tools in order to make decisions and manage variations from the specification, consult stakeholders as appropriate and gain resolution
  • Good knowledge of project finances and how to manage project budgets as well as an appreciation of other related metrics such as cost of ownership of products.
  • Experience in understanding and either quantify or qualify project risk against business impact and take appropriate decisions
  • Must have very good negotiation skills with the ability to listen, comprehend, consider and assimilate others points of view with their own beliefs and visions.
  • Experience in vendor selection and long term engagement for the delivery of services and products.
  • Experience in making tactical and strategic based decisions of significance.
  • Must have very good negotiation skills with the ability to listen, comprehend, consider and assimilate others points of view with their own beliefs and visions. Able to assimilate and combine different types of information relating to separate topics into a coherent view.
  • Experience in giving effective presentations to stakeholders with different agendas and providing compelling evidence to guide stakeholders to the correct decision or consensus.

Preferred (in addition to minimum)

  • A project management qualification. (APM PMQ or PRINCE2)

The Ocado Way

At Ocado, in everything we do, we strive to offer the very best to our customers - the best service, the best quality and the very best customer experience. That begins with each and every one of us and how we behave.

Our values are Ocado’s DNA; they act as a guide for everything we say and do. ‘The Ocado Way’ develops our values into the details about the way we do things - how we act and work together with each other and our customers. It describes how you need to behave at work to make a real and positive impact on our success.

Benefits Package

  • Pension
  • Life Assurance
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • 23 days holiday, increasing to 25 with 3 years’ service
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Free Shares
  • Opportunity to participate in Sharesave and Buy as You Earn schemes
  • Discounted shopping on, Smart Pass and destination site
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