Sid Shaikh

Head of Product Development

Since completing an MSc in Industrial Robotics and Manufacturing at Cranfield, I have been working in bespoke automation, robotics and product development for close to 25 years. I have delivered automation and products into multiple sectors including food, steel, aerospace, tobacco, FMCG, pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

I joined Ocado in January 2011 as a Project Manager and got the opportunity to deliver a range of varied projects and improvements into a 24/7 production  environment. Since then, I have built a team of 35 engineers and project managers who are developing new products that are transforming Ocado from a company that buys off-the-shelf equipment into developer of state of the art technology.

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Jason Edwards

Senior Engineering Project Manager

I have been working in electrical mechanical engineering for almost 20 years and joined Ocado in 2001 after working for another company that was installing equipment at the first CFC.

I have had various roles in Ocado from maintenance Engineer to Engineering project Manager. I am now a Senior Engineering Project Manager for the installation of automation equipment across all of our CFCs in the UK. I have a team of around 10 people who directly report to me. However, on a daily basis I can be managing over 200 contractors onsite.

I enjoy working at Ocado as I get the opportunity to work with many engineering, and non engineering teams, and this throws up new challenges and ensures constant variety! I get real enjoyment knowing my team and I have succeed delivering complex projects to the highest of standards.

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Murray Cousins

Senior Engineering Project Manager

I’m one of the increasingly few people in this rapidly changing world that completed a craft engineering apprenticeship at 16 years old directly from school, with educational training to accompany the hands-on skills. Since then, I’ve worked in different industries and held engineering roles in servicing, installation, commissioning, sales, key accounts, business and project management. I have also travelled the world for my employers gaining experience and knowledge in the process.

Before joining Ocado, I was looking for a role that would use those skills, be challenging and allow me to build my experience in an ambitious environment. In February 2014, I found that role when I joined Ocado as an Engineering Project Manager.

Within my three year career at Ocado, I’ve had the opportunity to develop and grow, so much that my progression has led to my third role. I am now responsible for the Automation Engineering project teams and projects on three Ocado CFCs.

Every project is important and contributes to our ability to deliver what our customers desire from Ocado. I’ve been involved with projects ranging in value from thousands of pounds up to €13 million, each with varied scope and complexity. Some of the projects we encounter will blow your mind, we are really pushing the boundaries of possibilities in engineering.

I’m looking forward to the next step in the Ocado journey and the challenges ahead as we move forward to change the way people shop.

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Lee Sample

Engineering Project Manager

I joined Ocado in October 2011, having previously enjoyed a varied career in engineering across the Armed forces, pharmaceutical, and retail industries.

I was initially part of the Engineering Operations department as an Engineering Shift Manager where I was responsible for leading one of four teams that kept the CFC automation running and fulfilling customers orders as smoothly as possible.  The role was both demanding and exciting in equal measure, and no two days (or nights) were the same, which means that you have to be on the ball at all times.

In October 2016, an opportunity arose to join the Automation Engineering team as an Engineering Project Manager, and I jumped at the chance to be part of the team that was responsible for ensuring the Hatfield and Dordon CFCs are the best they can be in terms of equipment and layout. The challenges are constantly evolving, and it keeps us on our toes!

Of all the companies I have worked for through my career, Ocado is easily the most exciting and rewarding, in terms of pushing boundaries and changing the way in which things are done.

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Mike Lee

Sourcing Manager

I studied Manufacturing Systems Engineering before going into aerospace and then high-tech capital equipment, and have always looked for roles in companies where world-leading tech and R&D are highly valued.

Before joining Ocado, I managed a manufacturing business in China and then used that opportunity to reduce costs and increase efficiency in the parent company’s supply chain. I leverage that experience in my current role, where I need to know where to go for best value alongside understanding the flow of materials.

I started here in 2015, attracted by the level of innovation and the chance to create something new. My job is to identify appropriate suppliers, negotiate terms and pricing, and to coordinate supply schedules. This means I have to work closely with development and business teams to understand requirements, forecast demands and predict how they might change.

I love the complexity of the challenges presented, as well as the open and informal environment. There's a real spirit of everyone working together and of shared knowledge; we're all driven by the exciting fast-pace of change.

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Alexandra Santos

CFC CAD Integrator

I joined the Technical Design and Integration team in July 2015 as a Trainee CAD Technician. Before joining Ocado Engineering, I studied Architecture and Urban Management and had worked as an architect in the past, and when the opportunity came to join Ocado I didn't think twice - I knew this was the project that I wanted to be a part of.

I was lucky enough to know some people who worked there, and what made me curious at first was the fact that they all came from such different backgrounds and worked in projects that covered so many different areas. I quickly learned that Ocado is also an innovative technology and engineering company that pursues an idea even when the solution hasn't been invented yet - we create solutions! How could I not want to take part of this adventure?

Soon I became a New CFC CAD Integrator, which meant I was dealing with detailed drawings for our cutting edge new CFCs, talking to various internal departments that explained to us what they needed from the building, liaising with suppliers to make sure we are exchanging all the necessary information, checking and creating drawings to make sure our CFCs are designed to accommodate our bespoke technological solutions and to operate according to our high standards - and it is so exciting!

We are developing the technology of the future - and I am proud to be a part of the team.

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Steve Dunkley

Central Automation Engineering and Planning Team Manager

Before joining Ocado Engineering I held engineering and logistics positions in the Army. I then moved onto work in both small and large engineering organisations in the UK and abroad. When I saw a role advertised at Ocado Engineering I was intrigued to find out more and I wasn’t disappointed. I realised I had the chance to work in an organisation that isn’t afraid try something completely new and, more importantly, has the drive and proven track record to succeed at it.

Since starting at Ocado Engineering in 2016, I have been part of our rapid growth. It is fantastic that I am able to grow such a diverse team, from graduates to individuals who bring a wealth of experience, some of whom have been with Ocado for more than 15 years! Working here you have the chance to be given responsibility at an early stage and opportunities to help you progress your career.

I can safely say that I’m never worried about having a boring day at work as Ocado Engineering provides a dynamic and challenging environment.

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Shinthu Selvanayagan

Product Specialist

I joined Ocado in September 2015 on a Graduate scheme. Whilst at university, I took time out to spend a year in Germany working for a world-renowned power tools company as a Design Engineer. In that year I gained experience of CAD work, testing, developing products and jigs. My main achievement was developing a product from concept to market, which was a universal drill chuck that was later patented.

After my design experience, I wanted to broaden my horizons by gaining project experience and continue challenging myself. Working at Ocado is very different; instead of focusing on a single product or component, this is a much larger scope with a lot of dependencies. It has allowed me to work with different departments within Ocado and meet skilled people. You get thrown in the deep end from the start and it’s a great place for networking and building relationships with suppliers. Ocado is fast-paced, always changing and never boring!

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Ellen Slack

Project Planner

I initially joined Ocado in June 2013 as a Business Planning Analyst. After maturing in the role, a new challenge presented itself in Ocado Engineering and in September 2016 I moved to become a Project Planner in Central Planning team.

As a Project Planner I am able to use some of my previous skills set but, as Ocado Engineering is constantly changing and developing, I have been really been able to grow in the role. It’s exciting as you get work on projects from start to finish and can see the finished result in person - you’re not just stuck in the office working on an excel document!

The Central Planning team is growing and developing and this ensures I get the opportunity to create new processes. It’s an interesting place to be and I love that I talk to new people across all of engineering.

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Paul O'Sullivan

Construction and Site Development Manager

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

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

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

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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