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Mechanical Design Engineer

Welwyn Garden City, UK

Our Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) teams are at the cutting-edge of our technology engineering business. From the design and manufacture of the most state-of-the-art products in the business, to their delivery into our multi-million pound Customer Fulfilment Centres (CFCs) across the globe, our bespoke electrical and mechanical development projects are pushing the boundaries of innovation and automation.

This role sits within the Bot Kinetics Systems team, who are responsible for designing, developing and supporting innovative engineering solutions for our fleet of autonomous bots.  We’re looking for outstanding, enthusiastic engineers to join us, at the start of what promises to be an exciting, challenging push to engineer 100% automated, completely unmanned grocery fulfilment centres.  

The Bot Kinetics Systems team currently has an exciting opportunity for an innovative Mechanical Design Engineer to join them to provide technical decision-making and successful mechanical development of automation equipment from conception to launch including post launch upgrades. 

You will combine the principles of engineering and product development with your own experience to ensure solutions are robust and meet all requirements, and will be regarded as a credible mechanical authority who makes sound engineering judgements which are balanced with the need to meet tight deadlines. Additionally, you will act as a key support by taking a hands-on role in projects.

One thing is for sure, as an Engineer at Ocado, you will be involved at any stage of the product development lifecycle, from translating requirements, through concept generation, detail design and manufacturer support, all the way through to design updates and enhancements.



Day-to-day, you will:

  • Act as a mechanical design authority on projects, guiding the technical decisions and ensuring there are sufficient calculations and analysis to substantiate the final outcome.
  • Ensure that solutions take into account the needs of all disciplines and stake-holders.
  • Demonstrate a thorough and logical working practise, documenting decisions, calculations and evidence at every step of development.
  • Promote the use of a wide variety of tools to ensure designs are robust and optimised for manufacture.
  • Encourage creativity in problem solving, the use of experiments and early prototyping in order to reach the best outcome as quickly as possible.
  • Apply diverse experience to ensure all factors required for successful outcomes are considered, for example EMC, regulatory compliance, weight and cost management.
  • Ensure both project and technical risks are mitigated while schedules are met.
  • Have a hands on approach, taking on designing components, sub-systems and products where needed. 
  • Perform prototyping, testing and other empirical analysis.


Experience required:

You will have:

  • A proven track record of designing complex electromechanical automation systems or machines for high volume production and high reliability.
  • Familiar with designing for manufacture in volumes up to 20K P/A.
  • A good Degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent Mechanical Engineering qualification with experience.
  • Experience acting as the mechanical design authority on multi-disciplinary projects.
  • A knowledge of relevant technological developments and design methods.
  • Familiar with risk identification and activities to de-risk designs.
  • Demonstrable expertise in using CAD software including substantial experience draughting to BS8888 with the use of GD&T.
  • The ability to work within a team on multiple projects, to prioritise tasks and to manage your own time autonomously in a fast-paced, changing environment.

This would make you stand out from the crowd…

    • An understanding of control systems, electronics and electrical hardware.
    • An understanding of software development.
    • Experience in using SolidWorks and PDM/PLM software.
    • Experience in generating realistic schedules and tracking progress against them.
    • The ability to compellingly present ideas to a group audience, influencing others.
    • An Engineering Chartership.

What we offer you...

Our employee benefits are designed for you, we care about people and we’ve ensured we have a wealth of benefits that focus on your well-being. We regularly review our benefits to ensure we are supporting our employees appropriately. Currently, we offer technically stretching work, a competitive salary plus…

  • A Work from Home policy that sees you in the office typically 40% of your time. 
  • 30 days ‘working from anywhere’ policy 
  • Equity Plan (10-15% of salary) for eligible roles
  • Wellbeing support
  • 25 days annual leave, rising to 27 days after 5 years service (plus optional holiday purchase)
  • Pension scheme (various options available including employer contribution matching up to 7%)
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • 22 weeks paid maternity leave and 6 weeks paid paternity leave (once relevant service requirements complete) 
  • Train Ticket loan (interest-free)
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Free shuttle bus to and from Welwyn Garden City Train Station to the Welwyn Garden City offices
  • Opportunity to participate in Sharesave and Buy as You Earn share schemes
  • 15% discount on and free delivery for all employees
  • Income Protection (can be up to 50% of salary for 3 years) and Life Assurance (3 x annual salary)

We also have regular divisional socials, sports clubs not to mention the Ocado Technology Academy for a packed schedule of courses, conferences and events. If you think you have what it takes to make a difference, please submit your application below


About Ocado Group

When our journey started, we were all about changing the way people shop for groceries. 20 years later, we’re developing our own ground breaking technology, opening multiple sites at an accelerating rate and engaging in exciting new business partnerships around the world!

Transforming an industry also means transforming the way we do business.   As we continually develop new technologies and customer propositions, we’re looking for the Everyday Pioneers to lead us into the next stage of our evolution: enhancing our capabilities, inspiring our teams and developing new ways of working.

Changing the way the world shops, for good.

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