Verification Engineer - EC&I

Location: Derby or Warrington

Organisation: Engineering

Department: Capability Engineering, Development Engineering, Integration Engineering

Required Security Clearance: SC

Verification Engineer – EC&I

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:

You will be leading the thinking on the Verification & Validation of part of the power station’s Electrical, Control & Instrumentation systems. This could include for example the reactor control and protection systems, wider plant control systems including control rooms, instrumentation, and electrical distribution/transmission systems.

The Verification & Validation approach is based on Systems Engineering principles, which have been proven worldwide as a key to delivering highly complex products. Using these principles, you will work with design leads and specialists from across the engineering team to develop verification strategies that set out the activities needed to show that the design meets its requirements. You will also be involved in the work to validate the requirements and will oversee the wider programme of verification activities, such as modelling & simulation tasks.

Where you identify that physical testing is required, you will be responsible for defining clear test objectives and supporting a test IPT to deliver the programme. The role provides a rare and exciting opportunity to experience an overview of the key technical challenges in delivering a new nuclear power station.

Key Responsibilities:

-        Defining and managing the design Verification Strategy for Electrical, Control & Instrumentation aspects of the power station, using own knowledge and bringing together the expertise that exists across the wider engineering team.

-        Applying technical knowledge to act as an Intelligent Customer when discussing methods of verification with design engineers and vendors.

-        Specifying requirements for verification activities within the strategy, including rig tests and analyses, and confirming these tasks with the relevant parties.

-        Supporting test programmes that provide verification evidence for example defining the objectives/requirements for a test or leading a project of laboratory-style testing.

-        Reviewing/auditing EC&I-related verification activities conducted both internally and externally in the supply chain, to ensure they are being conducted to the required standards of quality.

-        Collating EC&I-related verification evidence as it is produced and using it to assess design compliance to requirements.

Qualifications & Experience:

-        Degree-level qualifications in Engineering, Physical Sciences, Mathematics or a related discipline.

-        Become professionally recognised through an appropriate professional body or be working towards it.

-        Design/verification experience in the Electrical, Control & Instrumentation area. This could be from the nuclear sector, but equally could be from other safety-critical industries such as Aerospace, Defence, Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Process control etc.

-        A Systems Thinking mind-set, and experience of using Systems Engineering principles to solve complex and sometimes ambiguous problems

-        A proactive, positive attitude, with the desire and ability to learn fast, challenge the status-quo, and make a difference.

-        Strong interpersonal and communication skills - able to bring together an interdisciplinary team to solve a problem, and to distil complex technical topics into simple forms.

Experience of working with regulatory bodies such as the UK Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and Environment Agency (EA) – though this is desirable rather than essential