Paul Clarke

”The time for talking about digital transformation has passed and it's time to be executing it at scale or die.”

Paul Clarke is Chief Technology Officer at Ocado, the world's largest online-only grocery retailer.

After joining Ocado in 2006, Paul initially worked on warehouse control systems and then joined the team designing Ocado’s next highly automated fulfilment centre. After establishing new teams for Simulation and Mobile development, Paul then co-wrote the first of Ocado’s award winning mobile apps which remain the only apps from a major retailer supporting full offline shopping. In his current role, Paul heads up Ocado Technology, whose 1100+ software engineers and other IT specialists are responsible for building all the software and IT infrastructure that powers Ocado, and now Morrisons’ online grocery business too.

Ocado are in the midst of re-platforming their complete solution to create the Ocado Smart Platform (OSP) - a combination of their swarm robotics technology for building automated warehouses and their end to end e-commerce, fulfilment and logistics solution running in the cloud. They will use OSP to offer large bricks & mortar grocery retailers around the world a one-stop-shop solution for online grocery using Ocado's disruptive business model.

Paul read Physics at Oxford University before then entering the computer industry.  He has worked in software engineering, consultancy, interim management and a number of software start-ups.

In what little spare time he has alongside his work and family, Paul loves to invent and build stuff, design PCBs, write software and generally tinker.

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