Group Head of SMR Construction & Installation


Group Head of SMR Construction & Installation

Rolls-Royce SMR


Sector: Nuclear R&D

Category: Engineering

Thomas Thor is working in partnership with Rolls-Royce SMR to recruit a Group Head of SMR Construction & Installation who will be accountable for delivering all the construction, capability, connectivity and build processes required for the SMR unit build for installation & assembly.

The Company

Rolls-Royce SMR is a start-up joint special purpose vehicle (SPV) business, specifically created to design, construct and deliver a new fleet of Small Modular Reactors power plants that will be a critical and strategic player in the race to Net Zero carbon emissions globally. Spun out of Rolls-Royce with its pedigree in engineering excellence but also attracting world class inward investment this is an exciting new business with an optimistic opportunity to be a global player in the coming years. Their Intellectual Property and resource expertise has grown from an organization that has already designed and delivered over 35 nuclear reactors for use in the UK’s Royal Navy Submarine program. That’s combined with the knowledge and unique aerospace experience of manufacturing expertise, supply chain management and logistics.

SMR is an integrated power station, that takes well understood, existing nuclear technology and applies a factory-based philosophy to its fabrication and assembly to provide clean, affordable energy for all. Just one SMR can power one million homes for sixty years!

Launched in November 2021, Rolls-Royce SMR is an independent company with ambitious plans for growth, creating 40,000 regional UK jobs by 2050 and generating £52bn in economic benefit.

The Role

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, you will lead the development and deployment of world class manufacturing processes, methods, technologies and systems within the business ensuring that they fully support the SMR designs, safety and security cases and overall business case and delivery timelines.

You will be accountable for the leadership, strategy and integration of all construction, installation and assembly activities within the RRSMR unit build, including alignment to the delivery model of installation & assembly.

Location: flexible with hybrid working arrangements in place (offices in Manchester, Warrington, Derby).


  • To mature the innovations and designs of the manufacturing methods and solutions for construction, assembly and installation of a Nuclear Power station, ensuring they support the detailed design concepts, safety and security cases, confidence in build certainty and remain aligned with overall Programme delivery timelines
  • Ability to co-ordinate a team of installation engineers and create installation work instructions from Design intent to working instructions for installation and assembly of a Nuclear power station.
  • Agrees build sequence and methods and resultant schedule
  • Constructs the site logistics design and development for sequence of work to be as smooth as possible
  • Responsible of the overall construction management plans and provide that support to the wider business to ensure the design is developed with design for construction embedded.
  • Produce and deliver an integrated installation capability development plan in support installation and assembly method development, delivering the installation capability development, including supporting digital capabilities, to plan up to and including first production-ready capability (MCRL 6 equivalence) for critical path installation methods
  • Develop the construction detailed design, demonstrating the capability to deliver an industrialised production process capability of achieving SMR requirements for safety, quality, production rate and delivery confidence
  • Recruit to plan, on-board and train SQEP installation engineering resources
  • Ability to select key SQEP suppliers who are capable of writing installation method instructions
  • Ensure the effective deployment of Technical Authority and Governance on all technical changes and compliance to Design Intent and Engineering Standards


  • Experience of complex installation on platforms for Oil & Gas or other complex modular build is highly desirable
  • Demonstrable track record of leading large teams in a complex engineering environment
  • Understanding of welding techniques of pipes and electrical connectively and installation
  • Understanding of AMSE quality standards and international NDT regulatory standards
  • Good overview of a digital twin and ERP systems to assist the assembly build process
  • Proven track record of major infrastructure programme delivery
  • Nuclear experience desirable but not essential

Their commitment to inclusion

At Rolls-Royce SMR, they value diversity and inclusivity in all aspects of their work. They believe that a diverse and inclusive workplace create a positive and supportive environment where all employees can bring their unique perspectives and ideas to the table. They are committed to creating a workplace culture where everyone feels valued and respected, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, or any other aspect of their identity.

Reasonable adjustments will be made in line with Equality Act 2010 to support any candidate or employee who requires them. This may include changes to working hours, training, or working environment.

Daria Farcas

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Daria Farcas


6+ years’ experience in international engineering recruitment. Enjoy working on senior level technical roles that prove challenging to fill. Specialized in the nuclear industry – new build projects, having a particular interest in advanced nuclear technology. Focused on building strong relationships with candidates and clients to ensure a positive candidate experience and effective account management.

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