Data Analyst - Simulation Research

Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK

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“Ocado Technology, powering the future of retail through sustained disruptive technology innovation...”

Ocado Technology is the in-house technology division of over 1,000+ software developers, engineers, researchers and scientists that uses the latest in AI, robotics, cloud services, big data, and mobile technologies. We brainstorm, design, architect, innovate, experiment, build and maintain the systems that power Ocado.

Building this cutting edge technology is only possible through extensive simulation, which drives decisions around warehouse design, business planning and control algorithms. On a given day we might simulate months of warehouse operation and years of supply chain. 

We’re looking for someone to join our Simulation team to provide valuable insight to the wider business. You will work closely with these diverse stakeholders to understand their requirements, then configure the appropriate simulations and convert the results into clear and meaningful analysis. Through research, experimentation and collaboration, you will become an expert in some of Ocado’s most advanced and complex technology.

About the team

The Simulation Research and Tooling team generates data and insight on the performance of Ocado’s robotic warehouses, based on simulations of real and hypothetical warehouse operation. Our analysis has a real impact on Ocado’s decisions around how to use and develop this technology. The analysis team is small but growing quickly, and we are looking to continue this growth in order to meet the increasing demand for simulation data.

About the environment

We all appreciate being part of an open and collaborative team. We work together to understand novel requests and warehouse scenarios (of which there are many), and discuss all our findings before sending them out. We work closely with the developers in the team to improve our systems and ways of working, and with algorithm developers in other simulation teams to build a shared understanding of how the highly complex systems behave.

About the work

A typical piece of analysis work may involve:

  • Liaising with stakeholders to understand their requirements
  • Determining how best to answer these questions, which might be existing data, a spreadsheet model, a suite of simulations, or even not to answer at all
  • Anticipating any additional functionality required (to the simulation, algorithms or tooling), and communicating with the relevant development teams
  • Planning and configuring appropriate simulation studies
  • In-depth analysis of the results, building a complete picture of the simulation behaviour
  • Running further experiments and investigations into anything unexpected or interesting
  • Producing an accessible and understandable summary of the results, at the appropriate level of detail, with a clear description of the limitations and assumptions made

The analysis itself is likely to involve using some of the following (previous experience useful but not necessary): Microsoft Excel, Python (e.g. Jupyter, Pandas), Tableau, Google Data Studio, SQL, Google BigQuery, basic statistics (e.g. statistical significance).

About you

We’re interested in speaking to people who have: 

  • Proven numeracy and ability to think analytically, e.g. a good degree in a numerical subject
  • A keen eye for detail, with the inquisitiveness and drive to understand things in depth
  • Speed of learning, able to quickly pick up new ideas and use a wide range of tools to solve challenging problems
  • Ability to communicate technical details with a non-technical team, and vice versa

Bonus points for experience with any of the following:

  • Any useful tools (e.g. Excel, Python, modelling)
  • Advanced data analysis or data-driven research
  • Simulation in general
  • Retail operations, or Ocado’s new “Rainbow” CFC technology
  • Working with software development teams
  • Kanban or other agile methodologies

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 our your well-being. Within our flexible environment we can offer technically stretching work, a competitive salary and share schemes. Benefits include pension scheme, train season ticket loan (interest-free), free shuttle bus from Hatfield train station and of course, healthy Ocado staff discounts across Ocado.com and Fetch.

We also have regular divisional socials, sports clubs such as badminton, running and table tennis, not to mention the Ocado Technology Academy for a packed schedule of courses, conferences and events such as discussion sessions, conference briefs and external guest speakers. If you think you have what it takes to make a difference, please submit your application below.

Due to the energising nature of Ocado's business, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Ocado is an equal opportunity employer.
Please note that due to the high volume of applications we will be in contact with shortlisted candidates only. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks, please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.   

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Job tags: AI Big Data Pandas Python Research Robotics SQL Tableau