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.
Ocado Technology, with its 1300 software engineers and other IT specialists, is responsible for building all the software and IT infrastructure that powers Ocado's end-to-end e-commerce, fulfilment and logistics platform.
Ocado are now busy signing deals with large bricks & mortar grocery retailers around the world who wish to use the Ocado Smart Platform to operate online grocery scalably and profitably.
Paul's current role includes exploring opportunities to use Ocado's technologies to disrupt other sectors and the technology vision and future proofing of the business.
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.
We caught up with Paul and asked him the following questions...
- What do you think the next big thing in tech is? Quantum computing
- What did you want to be when you were growing up? A scientist and an inventor
- Who would your dream dinner party guest be? Michelle Obama