Ocado Technology Sofia
We are a talented team across Robotics, Engineering, Product, AI, ML, Data Science, UX and R&D and we develop Ocado’s pioneering technology from the heart of Sofia.
We create products that are core to the Ocado Smart Platform (OSP) - our unique end-to-end online grocery delivery platform - to deliver smart technology which makes a real-world impact. With our retail partners spanning the globe, there’s a lot of growth in the Sofia development centre, and a huge number of opportunities.
Who works here
In Sofia, we are a community of 160 brilliant tech craftspeople:
Machine Learning Engineers
Mechanical Design Engineers
Our Sofia Development centre
Ocado Technology established its Sofia development centre in 2016 and since then the capital city of Bulgaria remains home to one of our key hubs for innovation in Software Engineering, Robotics, AI, ML and Data Science. We have a strong leadership team in Sofia, which drives the future of our products forward. The tech professionals within the centre work on solving challenging tech problems, contributing to delivering the pioneering Ocado Smart Platform.
The Sofia office is a true innovation hub, renovated in 2022 to reflect the needs of our tech professionals to collaborate and maintain the true spirit of the community we are. Laboratories, meeting rooms, collaborative working spaces, a games room, state-of-the-art coffee machine and so much more are here to make Ocado Technology a great workplace in Sofia.
In our Sofia development centre, we are solving some of the toughest technological challenges of our age.
Developing the next-generation software for the mobile robots, which run on the grids within our highly automated warehouses.
Some of the projects we work on are:
Developing software for Embedded Systems to control the hardware of the bots and mechanics in the warehouse.
Bot Software Management, Logging, and Gateway processes from the moment a bot “wakes up” throughout its entire life cycle.
Engineering & Control Systems
A suite of applications to ensure our hardware is working reliably, and any recovery or maintenance is as efficient as possible. We also leverage simulations and digital twins for fast and efficient testing of new concepts and optimizations.
Some of the projects we work on are:
Vision systems that leverage Computer Vision, ML, and AR
A single platform for smart hardware diagnostics and repair
Hive Manager - our powerful cloud-based tool that enables efficient grid management.
In Sofia, our state-of-the-art laboratories is where we innovate with ease. We build bots across different fleet generations, dextrous robotic arms for robotic pick R&D activities, smart tools and software for bot diagnosis, preventative maintenance servers for automated testing of the communication solutions within our automated warehouses, and advanced computer vision systems.
What's it like to work at Ocado Technology?
Clear career path: for Engineers, UX’ers, Product Management roles, Researchers, and Data Scientists.
Internal mobility: encouragement of projects & teams rotation; new career opportunities.
Development platforms: O’Reilly Online Learning platform, Ocado Tech Academy, English classes, self-learning library, and personal training budget.
Knowledge sharing community: we encourage and prepare team members to share knowledge at conferences, meet-ups, and our internal tech talk series “Learning Fridays”.
Hybrid working model
Work from any place we want - for up to 30 days a year
Up-to-date equipment of choice: MacBook, Windows PC, or Ubuntu
Home office equipment: additional screens, office chairs, and funding to purchase anything you need to feel good.
Employee programmes: life insurance, luxurious health insurance, multisport card
Assistance programme: includes counseling for emotional and psychological support, practical guidance, and support on legal, financial, family, and work matters.
Parental support: +extra maternity and paternity days; аdditional funding to support the moms and dads of newborn babies. Free access to Ucha.se for our team members’ school children.
Mental health support: access to Unmind to manage and improve mental wellbeing & yoga and stretching online.
Company share programs: Ocado Free Shares or Ocado Shares Purchase Plan.
Monthly benefits program.
We give our families and friends the needed care and devoted time, as we highly value the balance between work and life.
Team events: pizza parties, wine tasting, chocolate tasting, team get-togethers, board games, and much more!