Team Leader - Reactor Island Verification

Location: Derby or Warrington

Organisation: Engineering

Department: Capability Engineering, Development Engineering, Integration Engineering

Required Security Clearance: SC

Team Leader – Reactor Island Verification

Location: Hybrid working – remote and Warrington/Derby

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.

Job Overview:

The Development Engineering organisation is accountable for proving that the SMR power station design meets its objectives and requirements. This encompasses not just the domain of nuclear engineering, but the broader range of engineering functions necessary to deliver a major infrastructure project. The team’s remit includes defining the Verification Strategy for the power station, and also executing any verification activities that involve testing - and these range from laboratory-type tests through to highly complex system-level rig tests in some world-leading facilities.

Reporting to the Plant Verification Manager, the Team Leader for Verification of Reactor Island will be responsible for leading a team of Verification Engineers to develop the verification strategy for the Reactor Island part of the power station - i.e. setting out the activities we need to conduct to show that the design meets its requirements. The team will do this by working closely with design leads and technical specialists from across the reactor island design team. To formulate the strategy, an approach called Structured Verification will be used, which is built on Systems Engineering principles, and very closely tied into the derivation and management of product requirements. As part of this, the Verification Engineers will also be involved in the work to validate the requirements set – i.e. to show that it is complete and correct. Later on, as we start to execute the strategy, Verification Engineers will be involved in running test programmes, as well as managing the wider programme of verification activities such as analysis tasks.

This role will be focussed on Reactor Island, which incorporates the nuclear reactor systems including steam generation, as well as fuel/mechanical handling, and nuclear auxiliary systems such as waste management. There will also be opportunities to get exposure to other areas of the plant to develop a broader knowledge of the engineering challenges involved in delivering a new nuclear power station.

Key Responsibilities:

-        Building and maintaining a capable Reactor Island Verification team, through a combination of recruitment and sub-contract.

-        Providing day-to-day coordination of the team, including prioritisation and tasking.

-        Developing the team members to be at their best, through coaching, performance management etc.

-        Providing technical leadership, to set a high standard in the:

1. Definition of the Verification Strategy for the Reactor Island part of the power station – eg. ensuring strategy is consistent, efficient, and in line with the expectations of the regulatory bodies.

2. Definition of objectives/requirements for specific verification activities within the strategy (eg. rig tests, analyses)

3. Execution of test campaigns.

4. Reviewing/auditing of verification activities as they are conducted (both internally, and externally in the supply chain)

5. Assessment of verification evidence to determine compliance to requirements.

-        Managing technical work packages to ensure the team delivers against its commitments.

Qualifications & Experience:

-        Qualified to degree level or equivalent in engineering or a related discipline.

-        Professionally recognised through an appropriate professional body or working towards it.

-        Experience in leading a small team - coordinating activities, and ideally including people-management aspects such as objectives setting, performance management etc.

-        Experience in some of the key engineering disciplines for Reactor Island (e.g. nuclear reactor systems, thermal-hydraulics, materials & chemistry).

-        Experience in the design verification lifecycle, e.g. defining a verification strategy, or executing typical verification activities such as analysis, rig testing, similarity/analogy assessments, commissioning.

-        Experience in the delivery of technical work-packages, with focus on quality, cost, schedule.

-        Experience in the use of Systems Engineering tools & techniques, including requirements management.

-        Experience working with regulatory bodies such as the UK Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and Environment Agency (EA) would be desirable but is not necessary.