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

Wayne Arnold, CFC1 Senior Engineering Operations Manager

CFC1 and CFC2 Site Activity team, Engineering Operations

A large portion of my engineering career has been spent in the print industry, where I started as an apprentice. I’ve been with Ocado since January 2005, after a former colleague told me about an opening for an engineer at CFC1. To this day, the challenge of keeping the warehouse running smoothly, and the pressure of resolving issues quickly motivates me.

I never envisioned I would be in senior management when I started at Ocado, but during my time here I have been encouraged to progress into more senior roles. For the last two years I have been heading up the engineering team at CFC1. It involves a lot of people management, but I still enjoy that I get to be involved in resolving complex problems. I have a real drive to train and promote internally. Looking forward my hope is that we can provide all the training and support in-house for people to progress through from technical assistants to technicians to engineers and ultimately into engineering manager roles.

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Chris Revill, CFC2 Senior Engineering Operations Manager

CFC1 and CFC2 Site Activity team, Engineering Operations

For the first 12 years of my career I was an Electronics Engineer in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Since leaving the Army I have spent almost 25 years working to improve automated sites and I am proud to have set up numerous engineering teams from scratch. In 2012, the opportunity arose to set up the engineering team at Ocado’s second state-of-the-art Customer Fulfilment Centre in North Warwickshire, I couldn’t resist the challenge to work in a site with such density of automation.

What I enjoy most about working at Ocado is that there is always a drive to be better and ensure we set ourselves high standards. I’m proud that, in the engineering team I have set up, this underlying principle has created an atmosphere of friendliness and helping each other; if people want to develop and progress in their career, we are here to help them. Knowledge is power and we are not afraid to share within our team, and to other Ocado sites!

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Curtis Alexander, CFC3 Engineer

CFC3 and CFC4 Site Activity team, Engineering Operations

Before joining Ocado I achieved a Level 2 and 3 engineering qualification in maintenance engineering. In 2014, I started working for Ocado at Dordon, CFC2 as an Technician and was hugely impressed by the way the facility was run. After less than a year, an opportunity came up to move to our brand new OSP warehouse in Andover. I jumped at the chance help build this new team!

Working at Andover CFC3 is a challenge, but one that I get huge enjoyment from. The team culture is one of listening to each other and empowering people to help make improvements. Which means, if you put a lot in, you get a massive amount of experience and training back. I value that my managers are always supportive, helping me further my NQV qualifications but also my career aspirations; I am now an Engineer!

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Wayne Curry, CFC3 Senior Engineering Operations Manager

CFC3 and CFC4 Site Activity team, Engineering Operations

I am an HND-qualified Engineer, having done two apprenticeships in Instrumentation and Engineering Manufacturing. I have qualifications in Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics Engineering along with several years of managerial and leadership positions in several different fields of engineering, production and manufacturing in the fast-moving consumer goods, automotive, aerospace and textiles industries.

I joined Ocado three years ago as an Engineering Shift Manager at the CFC 2 in Dordon. After my first year, an opportunity came up for me to progress into the role of Senior Engineering Operations Manager for the brand new site in Andover incorporating the latest cutting edge robotics technology. This role allowed me to set up and lead a new Engineering Team and play an important part in the development process feeding back into the Product Development department and the continuous improvement of the new design.

Ocado has a great set of values that appeal to my personality and I enjoy acquiring new skills and increasing my knowledge base as an engineer. As a manager, I have a keen passion for health and safety, high standards of work areas and work quality whilst developing my team and my own capabilities and knowledge.

I am proud to be part of a great company that is as innovative and dynamic as Ocado that matches my personal values and aspirations.

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Simon Olsen, CFC3 Maintenance Manager

CFC3 and CFC4 Site Activity team, Engineering Operations

Before joining Ocado, I spent 12 years in the paper industry, maintaining and improving banknote manufacturing machines. During this time, I was involved in the installation and commissioning of new security enhancing machines, as well as improving the OEE of existing paper machines.

I started with Ocado in 2015, working as an engineer in the Andover CFC. This was an exciting time with the install of the first OSP (Ocado Smart Platform) hardware. It was great to see the site develop and grow into a fully functioning facility.

In early 2016, I was promoted to Engineering Team Manager (ETM). This gave me a opportunity to prove my management skills and extend my ever growing knowledge of the new equipment. The senior management and engineering team offered the support that allowed me to excel in this role.

In late 2016, I was promoted to Maintenance Manager. I have since been working hard to produce a world-class maintenance schedule for our new OSP equipment. Ocado is a great place to work where I can honestly say I enjoy not only the work, but the positive can do attitude of everyone here. There are always opportunities to not only make direct contributions to the business, but also to develop ourselves on a personal level.

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Joe Ewers, CFC4 Engineering Technician

CFC3 and CFC4 Site Activity team, Engineering Operations

I started my engineering career in the railway industry working in safety systems. I progressed into project management and was luckily enough to work on the HS2 project. I came to Ocado as I wanted get back to practical problem solving and further my mechanical knowledge.

I joined Ocado in September 2017 as an engineering technician and am quickly working towards becoming a development engineer. The teams here are great and it’s exciting to work with state-of-the-art technology. In Engineering Operations you get a lot of practical training, such as hands-on experience with the robots, and opportunities to further your technical knowledge. I’m happy to say that my colleagues make everyday enjoyable.

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Lisa Monkman, CFC4 Senior Engineering Operations Manager

CFC3 and CFC4 Site Activity team, Engineering Operations

I'm a chemical engineer who spent the first decade of my career working in a manufacturing environment for a large blue chip FMCG company. I rotated through various operational- and project-based roles, with a strong focus on automation equipment. I first became aware of Ocado’s  innovation in technology during an update on the euRobotics forum, where one of the topics covered was the SecondHands project - and then I was hooked!  

My current role is Senior Engineering Operations Manager for CFC4 based in Erith. The opportunity to build a department, help set up a new site and learn how to run the OSP system is what attracted me to this position. The best thing about working here is how naturally Ocado takes on the high rate of change that comes with being a disruptive innovator. It keeps us all on our toes and I learn something new everyday.

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Liam Arnold, Research and Development Support Engineer

Central Management team, Engineering Operations

Interestingly my whole professional career has been at Ocado; I started in 2006 as an Engineering Technician on the Apprenticeship scheme. I have progressed to become part of Engineering Operations and now work as a Research and Development Support Engineer.

I find my current role extremely interesting as I work with both the Product Development team, and external suppliers, to ensure we consider all aspects of maintenance of our robots, and other Mechanical Handling Equipment, before they even reach site. I am proud to be able to use my years of knowledge, that I have gained throughout my time at Ocado Engineering, on these projects.

From my experience, Ocado has been a great place to work. I have been lucky enough to be put on large number of training courses by Ocado and this has been key in allowing me to develop the way I have. Ocado have shown they really care about the person and helping them to grow.  

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