Reliability Engineer

Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
12 Mar 2019
11 Apr 2019
Job Type
Engineer, Graduate

Ocado is a rapidly growing online grocer. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a fast-paced growing company which also leads and thrives on engineering-based innovations.

Ocado’s vision is to implement most-efficient warehouses around the globe. This makes Ocado a very exciting place for engineers and scientists to contribute towards “factories of the future”.

The Product Development team at Ocado Engineering aims to achieve this vision by constantly pushing the bounds of technology and working towards creating and maintaining highly reliable products/machinery for the warehouses.

The reliability team within Product Development is therefore continually looking for people motivated to use their skills and capabilities in ensuring reliable products are being released and set high performance standards for future products.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

The key functions of the Reliability Engineer for existing products are:

  • To support the identification of root cause through implementation of appropriate problem-solving strategies.
  • To quantify the impact on reliability of any design changes or cost down recommendations by collating, interpreting and reporting the test results.
  • To manage or carry out experiments/testing for new issues arising in the field.
  • To define appropriate test strategies to prove that fixes or changes have achieved desired outcome of improved reliability.

The key functions of the Reliability Engineer for new product developments are:

  • To define verification methods using appropriate analysis tools which will ensure new products achieve their reliability targets in the field.
  • To analyse and de-risk new product(s) from reliability standpoint using FMEAs, interface analysis, reliability block diagrams etc.
  • To provide validation of supplier reliability claims through appropriate test strategies.
  • To support senior team members in creating reliability, availability and maintainability requirements for new products.
  • To support development of test rigs in conjunction with the design teams.
  • To manage or carry out the testing.

Skills, Experience and Qualifications


  • First or upper second class honours degree in an engineering discipline, Computer Science, Physics or Mathematics
  • Excellent numerical, modelling and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to conduct technical experiments and interpret the results correctly
  • Ability to produce and present technical findings across all business levels.
  • Proficient in use of MS-Office
  • A high degree of Attention to detail is a must
  • Proactive and a ‘Completer-Finisher’ personality
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritise work
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Willingness to learn and a “Can-do” attitude
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal


  • A statistics based post-graduate qualification
  • Awareness of reliability techniques (e.g. FMECA, FTA, ETA, RAM analysis)
  • Understanding of Reliability growth testing and accelerated-life testing methods
  • Knowledge of Six Sigma problem-solving methodology (i.e. Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve and Control stages)
  • Experience of collating, analysing and interpreting large data sets to assess reliability of a component, sub-assembly or a system
  • Experience of coaching and running internal workshops on reliability tools & methods

We will always aim to respond to everyone who applies for one of our roles.

Sometimes though we have a lot of applicants and it takes us a little while to get back to everyone.  If you haven’t heard from us within two weeks of your application, then you should take it that you have not been successful on this occasion and accept our apologies that we didn’t manage to get back to you personally.

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