First Ocado workers move into Sunderland's Vaux site with more jobs to apply for now

The first firm to sign up for Sunderland’s new Vaux site has moved in.

Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 12:20 pm
Updated Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 2:01 pm

Now the first 30 posts have been filled and staff are beginning to move into their new city centre base.

Ocado was the first firm to announce it was moving onto the Vaux site. Sunderland training company Penshaw View was the second, and moved into The Beam in October. Recruitment for Ocado’s remaining posts is set to continue in 2020, as the business assembles a customer service team.

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THE BEAM is the first office block on the Vaux site
THE BEAM is the first office block on the Vaux site

Debbie Wilson, head of service delivery support, said: “It’s wonderful to see our Sunderland team starting to take shape, with the first employees moving into our stunning new office space.

“There were so many things that attracted us to open a facility in Sunderland, but more than anything, the skilled people we believed we could access greatly appealed.”

Sunderland City Council leader Coun Graeme Miller said: “THE BEAM is a real flagship building for us, and attracting Ocado Group to move into it was a huge coup.

“We look forward to seeing them grow, and get their team up to capacity over the coming months, as their Sunderland operation begins to deliver for them.”

(from left) Coun Graeme Miller, Ian Pattle, general manager - customer service and strategy at Ocado, and Patrick Melia, chief executive of Sunderland City Council

The Contact Centre Adviser posts offer a £19,200 salary based on working 37.5 hours a week.

The centre is open seven days a week from 5.30am to midnight and applicants must be able to commit to shifts between these days and times.

Ocado says it is looking for people who have experience in customer services and excellent spoken and written communication skills

The firm is holding a Get To Know Us Day on Saturday , January 18, and interviews will take place on the same day, with successful candidates starting work on February 17 and March 23.

For more information on jobs with Ocado and to apply, visit