Team Leader - Verification of Reactor Island - Rolls Royce SMR

Location: Derby or Warrington

Organisation: Engineering

Department: Development Engineering, Integration Engineering

Required Security Clearance: BPSS

Morson Talent are currently working in partnership with Roll Royce SMR to recruit a Team Leader, Verification of Reactor Island to join their team in Warrington or 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. 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.

The Post
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 - ie. 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 in to 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 – ie. 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 workpackages to ensure the team delivers against its commitments.
• Representing the Plant Verification Manager at technical and programme reviews.


Desired Competencies
• Strong people leadership skills. Able to build and develop a capable team of engineers – coaching, guiding and supporting them to be at their best.
• Strong planning and organisational skills, to effectively manage the team’s activities and ensure delivery to commitments.
• A proactive, positive attitude, with the desire and ability to learn fast, and make a difference.
• A willingness to challenge conventional thinking, to embrace change and new ways of working, and to actively seek out and spread best practice within and beyond the team.
• A Systems Thinking mindset and approach to solving complex problems
• The ability to communicate clearly and concisely, including distilling complex technical information into simpler, more digestible forms.
• A positive safety attitude, and ability to instil a strong safety culture within the team.


Qualifications and 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 (eg. nuclear reactor systems, thermal-hydraulics, materials & chemistry).
• Experience in the design verification lifecycle, eg. 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.