Role description

Thomas Thor are working in partnership with Morson Talent and Rolls-Royce SMR (Small Modular Reactor) to recruit a Chief Design Engineer EC&I to join their team in Derby or Warrington, who will be responsible for the development of the fully integrated technical solutions and governance across all aspects of the Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Power Station Electrical, Controls and Instrumentation design.

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!

The Role

Reporting to the Chief Plant Engineer, the Chief Design Engineer (CDE) role covers the senior technical and programme leadership of large multi-disciplinary teams, across all aspects of the Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Power Station Electrical, Controls and Instrumentation design. The scope covers all Power Station areas including Reactor Island C&I, Conventional Island C&I and Power Station Electrical systems. The role accountability includes: the overall direction and governance of the programmes of work under their scope; accepting the validity of the technical solutions developed under their direction; the delivery of a robust design and safety justification; the integration of this solution into the overall design; EC&I capability leadership and development across the business and problem resolution within this boundary.

The candidate will be a senior expert in EC&I with a strong proven record of delivery of large complex programmes in a similar industry setting.

Key Responsibilities

  • Technically lead and drive their specified elements of the design programme in line with the programme’s policies and processes.
  • Manage large multidisciplinary teams to deliver the full scope of the Power Station Electrical, Control and Instrumentation Design scope, covering Reactor and Conventional Island teams.
  • Own the delivery programme for their accountable scope of supply and create and manage suitable design milestone schedules.
  • Deliver the required design documentation/definition to the programme.
  • Define and manage the required elements of all lifecycle management aspects of the design scope.
  • Manage and agree system, sub-system and structure requirements across the full scope and ensure requirements are satisfied in accordance with any required V&V plans and programmes.
  • Develop design and product cost estimates, manage the wider technical attributes for their scope and maintain the associated opportunity and risk registers.
  • Develop and implement robust governance processes for their scope of supply, integrating it into the wider power station / programme governance cycle.
  • Deliver and own any generated engineering safety cases.
  • Own the design configuration control process for their area of accountability, integrated with the wider programme.
  • Develop and lead the capability of the business across the EC&I scope.
  • Implement the programme Health, Safety and Environment policy on all designated activities.

The CDE has delegated signing / approval authority from the Chief Engineer related to delivery of their defined scope.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Relevant Technical degree level and extensive experience in Electrical, Control and Instrumentation fields.
  • CEng or equivalent status.
  • Proven track record of large complex programme delivery
  • Experience managing engineering teams

Their commitment to inclusion

Central to their operations is the creation of an inclusive workplace with a colleague community that is representative of the diverse regions in which we operate. Rolls-Royce SMR are committed to equality of opportunity for all employees and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, and marriage and civil partnerships.

6+ years’ experience in international technical 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.

Daria Farcas