Inventory Recognition Engineering Team Leader


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Inventory Recognition Engineering Team Leader



Job description

Our teams are putting the world’s retailers online using the cloud, robotics, AI, and IoT. We provide services to partner clients globally via our innovative advanced robotics technology, known as the Ocado Smart Platform (“OSP”), this drives our highly automated, multi-million pound Customer Fulfilment Centres (CFCs). In our CFCs – together with the proprietary software applications – we operate a world-class online grocery business that automates the single pick of products, ready for your online delivery.Optimal OGRP performance is reliant on totes being presented free from trash and in a reasonable configuration. In addition, understanding the SKU range is essential to maximise robot productivity. The Inventory Recognition team provides tools to help achieve these goals.ResponsibilitiesLeading a top team of highly skilled software professionals in the area of machine vision and deep learning. Continuously transform and grow Ocado Advanced Technology offerings with new vision products and capabilities in the space of product recognition and process optimizations using Deep Learning models, advanced MLOps tools, and both edge and cloud (AWS and GCP) infrastructure.You will:

  • Grow and lead the Inventory recognition team.
  • Actively architect and implement end-to-end cutting-edge production software solutions using Deep Learning models for Machine Vision in combination with cloud infrastructure and on-prem compute hardware.
  • Foster impeccable code quality and code delivery processes including overseeing all aspects of design, development, testing, deployment, and maintenance phases.
  • Continuously provide guidelines and mentorship to team members.
  • Drive knowledge-sharing initiatives within the team and across teams.
  • Partner with the product teams to identify and deliver the next generation of products in the machine vision area.
  • Discover, evaluate, and implement new tools and practices.

Experience required:

  • Proficient in designing and implementing distributed production software systems with Python, or Java (architecture, design patterns, testing, monitoring, alerting, etc.) running both in the cloud and on the edge devices.
  • Deep practical experience with cloud services e.g. AWS or GCP.
  • Strong previous experience in leading and growing teams with exposure to live production code at scale.
  • Be able to look forward, plan ahead, and track execution leveraging waterfall and agile methodologies.
  • Extensive experience with Docker containers and container orchestration services.
  • Demonstrable experience in releasing and maintaining code in production.


  • Experience with VertexAI or ClearML will be considered a strong plus
  • Experience with Tensorflow or PyTorch
  • Experience with GCP data services (BigQuery etc.)
  • Knowledge of ELK stack and New Relic
  • Knowledge of Terraform
  • SCRUM master certification
  • Experience with vision hardware – cameras and sensors
  • Experience in robotics or similar domains involving hardware, sensors etc.

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

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Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

Job date

Fri, 10 May 2024 02:10:10 GMT

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