Ocado is the biggest online food retailer on the planet, with revenues of over £650 million and operating profits running into the millions of pounds too.
Ocado started out in 2000 when ex-bankers Jason Gissing, Jonathan Faiman and Tim Steiner got together with a vision of creating a revolution in the world of shopping for groceries. The three concentrated on developing an efficient delivery system which would offer consumers great value, service and choice. They also developed as a greener way of shopping for groceries, claiming that the typical Ocado delivery has a lower carbon footprint than a customer walking to their nearest supermarket for their groceries.
Within their first year of formation, Ocado was already in a sourcing arrangement with supermarket Waitrose. Then, during 2002, Ocado increased the number of households it delivered to from just 100,000 to over 2 million. By 2011, the delivery method of Ocado had become so successful that they were now servicing around 7 in 10 households in the UK, delivering an average 18,000 orders daily.
Ocado now provide full and part time jobs for over 5,000 people and have expanded rapidly from their original heartland in Hertfordshire. There is now the chance for students and other young people to find jobs at Ocado in various parts of the UK and the company continues to invest in new areas, most recently announcing a further 2,000 Ocado jobs for the North West.
Head Office for Ocado is still at Hatfield in Hertfordshire - and one of their big ‘Customer Fulfilment Centres’ is also located in the county - but students might be able to find a variety of jobs with the delivery firm at their other operations in Bristol, Dartford, Dordon, Leeds, Manchester, Oxford, Southampton, Weybridge, White City, Wimbledon and Ruislip.
Jobs available at Ocado include delivery drivers, LGV drivers and warehouse operatives as well as professional, support and technology roles.
Professional and support roles can be based at various Ocado locations and include anything from graduate positions to entry level jobs for students who are interested in everything from customer services, software, retail and HR to technology, logistics and engineering.
Ocado technology roles tend to be based at the Hatfield head office (or Krakow in Poland) and a variety of positions are available, such as data scientists, software engineers and developers.
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