Our colleagues on life at Ocado Engineering and why they love working here

Paul O'Sullivan, Construction and Site Development Manager

Construction and Site Development team, Buildings Technology

My career in construction started in 1980. Having trained as a Construction Engineer I worked for a number of years in main contracting before moving to management consulting where I spent a 23 years across various sectors, gaining professional membership of the Chartered Institute of Building and Association for Project Management.

In 2010 I joined Ocado to support the Buildings Technology team to deliver CFC2 Dordon. Following its successful completion, and to meet Ocado’s unprecedented business growth, I engaged a team of Construction Project Managers, and collectively we provide technical support and interface management between the Ocado integration team, the external professional design and wider consultant team and the building contractors’ delivery team.

Since joining Ocado my team and I have delivered in excess of 1,000,000 ft2 of operational floor space. Although my role is predominantly UK based, I occasionally undertake overseas property evaluation to support Ocado’s global aspiration and whilst a significant amount of my time is spent meeting the ever changing needs of this dynamic business, the success of my role is based on the satisfactory delivery of Ocado’s growing CFC property portfolio.

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Claire Hall, Compliance Manager

Spoke Facilities Management team, Buildings Technology

I came to Ocado from the local authority as risk and resilience officer to work in the field of health and safety. I’ve been with Ocado since 2013 and my onward move to Ocado Engineering in the summer of 2014 was a completely different role and environment for me. My decision was made on the basis of being able to use my existing skills and knowledge on a more practical level, and the opportunity to work on new and interesting projects got my attention.

Working at Ocado has been a big challenge. I have enjoyed evolving my career within the company’s fast-paced environment, which has kept me on my toes. I’ve learnt a lot and continue to do so. I have also had the opportunity to complete my NEBOSH diploma and I am pleased I made the move across to the Engineering department – the last 3 years have certainly flown by!

Being involved in how our premises are built and maintained is a privilege and no one day is the same at Ocado and you never know what to expect, which is exciting; time flies when you're having fun. The people here are very encouraging and want you to do well. It's a refreshing environment and I've met some great individuals thus far.

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Darren White, Construction Project Manager

Spoke Facilities Management team, Buildings Technology

I joined Ocado having worked in the retail and international transport industries for 16 years, both in the UK and overseas. During my time in these two industries I covered various roles, from customer support to project installation works, and after some time off traveling Australia I found myself back in the UK and ready to take on a role in one of Ocado's new spoke sites, then known as White City.

After working with the project team during the site set up, I went on to assist in running the site before being given an opportunity to transfer into the Building Technology team base in Hatfield. During my time here, I have delivered multiple spokes projects for Service Delivery and a number of other refurbishments and fit-out projects for the head office buildings, and I’m currently working on my second CFC construction project in Erith.

Working in the Ocado Building Technology team is always demanding; every day we face different challenges and opportunities. Ocado is constantly growing and changing the way we think so we can stay ahead of the competition.

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Steve Hull, Building Services Engineer

Building Services team, Buildings Technology

My experience and interaction with Ocado dates back to 2000 when I was employed as a contract supervisor during the building of the first warehouse in Hatfield. For a number of years I continued to be involved with many different projects within Ocado as a contractor, and in 2010 they asked me join the Buildings Technology team. This was the perfect step for me as I greatly enjoyed the variety of work you experience working as contractor, and didn’t want to lose this, but was looking for a change. Ocado was the perfect mix.

Working at Ocado I am never short of diverse projects to work on, especially in Buildings Technology, whether it be maintenance of toilets or managing a multi-million pound project to build a new freezer! The high growth in the company means I’m continually brought in to project manage new systems, but also develop existing ones. It is great to work in an environment which is always developing and changing.

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