Controls Design Engineer

Location: Derby or Warrington

Organisation: Engineering

Department: Manufacturing Engineering, Plant Engineering

Required Security Clearance: BPSS

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

There are several posts for talented Controls & Instrumentation (C&I) Design Engineers to join an innovative C&I Team.  A Controls Engineer will be involved in the design, develop, test, verify and qualify electronic systems.  Opportunities exist to contribute to digital control and protection systems, hardwired systems, and actuations systems, which make up the Reactor Island C&I.

Key Responsibilities

  • Review and agree high level electrical requirements including design constraints and quality attributes.
  • Translate high level requirements into a specification for the electronic systems,
  • Analyse and trade design options, using robust systems engineering and decision making.
  • Define and implement electronic designs.
  • Assess and substantiate that the design specification meets the requirements.
  • Write Validation Plans and define test vehicles to demonstrate that the electrical requirements have been satisfied.
  • Liaises with other disciplines to understand functional performance capabilities of components of the system to facilitate effective component design.
  • Support to planning and implementation of policies and procedures to related to the life cycle of an electrical product.
  • Ensure that optimum solutions are provided for the Rolls-Royce SMR Nuclear Power Plant by supporting the procurement, production, and maintenance aspects of the equipment.
  • Contribute to the production of safety cases and provide support in liaising with regulators and independent nuclear safety assessors.

Organisational Expectations

All RR SMR colleagues are expected to consistently contribute and nurture good teamworking through the organisation. They should be self-driven and motivated; seeking to motivate others. Colleagues are accountable for “above the line” behaviours at all times. The promotion of Nuclear Safety and wider Health & Safety policies and protocols is expected from all. All colleagues must role model the values and beliefs of the company ensuring that ethical decisions are made in line with the attainment of ED&I Charter and policy standards. Colleagues are expected to understand the principle of “right first time” with particular significance to Quality Assurance. Colleagues must be aware of their commercial and financial responsibilities and abide to agreed business processes. Colleagues should encourage best practice around Knowledge and Document management.

Qualifications & Experience

  • A Degree qualification in one or more of the engineering disciplines of electrical, electronics, instrumentation, controls, mechanical and physics. Additionally, applicants without a degree who can nevertheless demonstrate suitable experience may also be considered.
  • Knowledge of the nuclear or other high integrity industries is beneficial.
  • Knowledge and experience of complex safety critical systems or industrial process plants is beneficial.
  • Knowledge of Functional Safety standards such as IEC 61508 and 61513 is beneficial.                                            

Health & Safety

All colleagues:

  • Support, promote and engage in company culture programs to create a leading and positive culture.
  • Report any shortcomings in arrangements.
  • Perform tasks and duties in accordance with training and instruction whilst taking care of their own health & safety and those of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions.
  • We are an equal opportunities employer. We believe that embracing difference makes us stronger. Our diverse people bring us different skills – whatever their educational background, disability, gender, age, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief.
  • We welcome applications from individuals who have taken an extended career break or those who are transitioning from different sectors.
  • Travel:  Contracted location of work is in Warrington or Derby although we operate a hybrid working policy allowing you to work remotely with the agreement of your leader, though may require some travel within the working day when visiting other branches or organisations.
  • Working hours: 37 hrs per week are standard office hours with some overtime as required.

Work conditions

Employment reward package

We offer a competitive salary and performance related bonus.  We are developing a selection of benefits that are flexible for you to choose from and will enable you to bespoke your total compensation to suit your needs.