Civil / Structural Verification & Test Engineer

Location: Derby or Warrington

Organisation: Engineering

Department: Manufacturing Engineering, Plant Engineering

Required Security Clearance: BPSS

Civil / Structural Verification & Test Engineer

This is more than just a job; this is a legacy.

Rolls-Royce SMR, the UK’s domestic nuclear energy champion, is looking for a talented Civil or Structural Engineer to join its innovative Development Engineering team.  This role provides a unique opportunity to work on the development and testing of new nuclear power station designs that will contribute to the global reduction of carbon emissions.   The role could be based out of Rolls-Royce SMR’s Derby or Warrington offices, with opportunities for hybrid working.


Rolls-Royce SMR was established with one clear goal - to deliver clean, affordable energy for all.

Rolls-Royce SMR offers a radically different approach to delivering nuclear power. A 90% factory-built solution, drastically reducing project risk, shortening construction times and increasing delivery certainty.

The Rolls-Royce SMR is a world-class global product for a global market - using established nuclear technology developed by a UK-based team building on decades of engineering, manufacturing and nuclear reactor design experience.

About the position

The Civil / Structural Verification & Test Engineer will act as the focal point in verifying and validating that the civil and structural designs of the SMR power station meet their requirements.  The civil design is one of the key innovation areas for Rolls-Royce SMR, with modular construction approaches being used to enable an accelerated and more-certain build schedule.  Consequently, you’ll be working with world-leading technology, positively challenging convention and pushing the boundaries of Civil Engineering design in the nuclear energy industry.

The approach being adopted for verification and validation is based on Systems Engineering principles, an approach proven worldwide as an effective method to deliver highly complex products in safety critical and regulated industries.  You will be working with design leads and specialists from across the engineering team to create verification strategies that lay out the activities needed to demonstrate that the design meets its requirements. This is a critical element of the overall programme plan to ensure we prove out all systems and components before the design is finalised (how we show we have done what we said we would).

You will also be involved in the validation of the requirements (are we doing the right thing), have an active role in the testing of novel Civil Engineering designs such as the use of pre-cast concrete elements, and will integrate data from the wider programme of verification activities such as from analysis and industry experience.

The role provides a rare and exciting opportunity to get a broad overview of some of the key technical challenges in delivering a new, novel, nuclear power station, working within one of the key areas of innovation for the Rolls-Royce SMR design.

About You

  • Degree level qualifications in Civil or Structural Engineering, or closely related discipline.
  • Become professionally recognised through an appropriate professional body, or be working towards it.
  • A broad knowledge of Civil and Structural Engineering issues – ideally with experience of the use of analysis and/or physical testing as part of the verification/substantiation of novel structural designs/construction methods.
  • Experience working with relevant Civil Engineering codes and standards, which might include for example Eurocode 0, 1 & 2, and ACI 318, 349, 350.
  • A willingness to embrace a Systems Engineering mindset, underpinned with a logical approach to solving complex 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) is desirable, but not essential.

Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a job. But we'll let you in on a secret: there's no such thing as a 'perfect' candidate. If you feel you meet 75% of the requirements for this role, we would love to hear from you.

Also, if you are considering a career move or a sector-jump, please get in touch, we welcome applications from people with transferable skills.

Pay and Benefits

A highly competitive salary is on offer along with a performance related bonus.
A range of flexible benefits are available to choose from, enabling you to create a bespoke package to suit your needs.

Flexible working / hybrid and remote working patterns are available with agreement.
Working hours are 37.5 hrs per week with some additional hours as and when required.

Who we are

Rolls-Royce SMR’s small modular reactor (SMR) programme is the first of its kind in the UK.

A Rolls-Royce SMR power station will have the capacity to generate 470mw of low-carbon energy, equivalent to more than 150 onshore wind turbines. It will provide consistent baseload generation for at least 60 years, helping achieve the Government’s target of 24GW of nuclear energy by 2050.

In addition to stable base load power, Rolls-Royce SMRs will be able to provide energy for the manufacture of green hydrogen and synthetic fuels, to support the path to Net Zero and the decarbonisation of transport.

Out technology is based upon well-established Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) technology, in use all over the world, but Rolls-Royce SMR’s unique approach will see the reactor components built in factory conditions and assembled on site.

Our factory-built model is entirely scalable, as demand increases, we invest in further factories using the same design and management systems used for all our SMRs.

When fully operational the Rolls-Royce SMR programme is forecast to create 40,000 regional UK jobs by 2050 and generate £52bn in economic benefit.  

Having begun the design assessment process with the UK regulators, the organisation is at a point where it needs to significantly increase its workforce, offering candidates the opportunity to work with cutting edge technology within a world-class team.

How to apply

Rolls-Royce SMR is an equal opportunities employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

However you identify or whatever your path here, please apply if you see a position that interests or excites you. Come join us and help us build a global company where we're all proud to belong. Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a job. But we'll let you in on a secret: there's no such thing as a 'perfect' candidate.

Rolls-Royce SMR is a place where everyone can grow, so whatever background you bring with you, please apply if this is a role that would make you excited to come into work every day.

If you are not yet ready to apply, but would like to find out more, please contact to arrange a confidential conversation with a recruitment partner.