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Operations Management Graduate Programme

Scheme at Ocado

Operations Management Graduate Programme

Scheme at Ocado

  • LocationWarrington, UK
  • Position levelScheme
  • Job period iconFull-time employment
  • Application deadline iconApply by 31 Jan, 2019
  • Application deadline iconPosted on 27 Oct, 2018
  • Start date iconStart date:
  • Visa iconVisa Sponsor
  • Competitive£ 26,000.0 per year

The Ocado Story

However, whilst we are best known for our UK grocery delivery service, that's just the bit people see above the surface. Our beating heart is a vast, unique fulfilment and logistics machine powered by research and technology.

Ocado is the world’s largest dedicated online grocery retailer, and a completely independent business, listed on the FTSE 100 index of the London Stock Exchange in 2018. Every day our brilliant teams devise innovative solutions that help us to give our customers exactly what they ordered – and more. We win countless consumer awards for our incredible, customer-centric business.

We have built, and are now refining, the world’s most advanced end-to-end online shopping and delivery solution. Not only will this advanced solution power our own online business, it will also power other businesses around the world. We completed our first commercial deal – with UK grocery retailer Morrisons – in 2013. We are constantly striving to achieve bigger things, now we deal internationally and are globally recognised due to our deal with Kroger in 2018. We hope you can be part of this new world of opportunity.


Start-up attitude in an established company - We are looking for graduates with a keen interest in operations management to join our fast-growing, dynamic and innovative company. Ocado is underpinned by the world's most advanced end-to-end online shopping and delivery solutions and as a result, working as an Operations Management Graduate within our highly automated, fast paced fulfilment centre is unlike anything that you will have ever seen before. We require graduates bursting with energy, drive and initiative who are striving to make a difference. We will empower you from day 1, and give you the autonomy and responsibility you need to solve problems for yourself. We are looking for graduates that can keep up with us and are ready to help shape the future of Ocado. You’ll be given genuine development opportunities and continued support, giving you the building blocks for a successful career here at Ocado. As a result, our graduates feel empowered...along with the other 13,000 employees in our bold and brilliant business.

The Operations team are responsible for running our warehouses (which we call "Customer Fulfilment Centres" or "CFCs") where we take delivery, store, pick and dispatch over a million products a day to customers. The first part of this two year graduate development programme sees you immersed right into the heart of our operation, and rewards you with knowledge and experience of all CFC operations including: Inbound (product receipt, put-away and replenishment), Outbound (product picking, packing and dispatch to customers) and Operations Support (inventory control and issue management). The second part of the programme builds on everything you have learnt and will enhance your leadership skills further by putting you in the driving seat of the operation through working directly with our Flow and Operations Managers to ensure the CFC runs efficiently and effectively.


This graduate programme is like no other. From the start you will take accountability for a team of up to 30 operatives and the challenges that our pioneering and highly automated 1.2 million square foot CFCs throw at you. Towards the end of the two year development programme you will reach the level of skill where you will be taking on more and more responsibility within the CFC. It will challenge you! It is a tough environment, our operation is live 24 hours, 7 days a week, so you will need to be flexible to work shift patterns that would include both day and night shifts and weekends. However, the opportunity to be part of the world’s largest online supermarket and to meet the challenge of customers’ expectations in our very unique operating model is guaranteed to be an exciting one!

Learning & Development

To help you adapt to our graduate programme and business, this structured development programme combines practical and theoretical management skills. You will be supported throughout your placement with personal targets and development plans, and will receive the excellent Ocado Graduate training, complimented by highly specialist CFC training. We will support you through the programme towards a full management position with the expectation that you will progress through the organisation to more senior management or more specialised roles in double quick time.


  • Ocado pension scheme with company contributions of up to 7%.
  • Private medical insurance.
  • Free Ocado shares awarded each year.
  • Optional share schemes.
  • 23 days holiday, increasing to 25 with three years' service.
  • Additional holiday purchase scheme.
  • Life Assurance of up to three times your annual salary.
  • Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Income Protection.
  • 15% off your shopping at
  • Staff discount on the Ocado destination sites Fetch, Fabled and Sizzle.
  • Discounts at Cineworld, Buyagift, Prezzo, Chimichanga, Vodafone and many more!

Entry Requirements

  • Be expecting, a 2:1 degree or above in any STEM discipline
  • Some related work experience is an advantage, although this is not essential.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Highly motivated and a proactive team player.
  • Highly driven individuals with strong resilience.
  • Self-sufficient and confident to put ideas forward.
  • Analytical with an eye for detail.
  • Adept at planning and organising yourself within tight deadlines.
  • Solve problems and approach tasks creatively.

Right to Work

You must have the right to work in the UK for the full duration of the programme (24 months), be flexible to travel whilst on a placement and be fluent in English.


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