Ocado creates 100 jobs through new Hertfordshire campus

Ocado is seeking 100 new software engineers, product managers and testers after opening a new campus in Welwyn Garden City.

At the new “Swiftfields Campus”, new staff will work on artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, automation, big data, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things.

They will join the 385 technology specialists already employed by Ocado in Welwyn Garden City.

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The new hires are meant to support the business’ recent growth, which saw its stock more than double over 2020 as it rode the online grocery wave.

According to the company, they will also “accelerate” adoption of Ocado Smart Platform, the e-commerce programme for grocers around the world.

However, eyebrows have been raised at Ocado’s heavy investment in the past few months.

Some blamed it for the company’s poor showing in February, when it became the FTSE 100’s worst-performing company.

“Swiftfields Campus gives us access to both the amazing technical talent in Hertfordshire and the industrial space that enable us to build world-class development facilities,” Ocado UK development centre head Isabel Richards said.

“This new hub in Welwyn Garden City offers exciting opportunities for ambitious, tech-savvy individuals who want to play a part in […] changing the way the world shops.”

The news comes after Ocado tried to overturn a High Court ruling that banned it from building a new distribution hub in north London.



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