Group Lead Mechanical and Electrical Layout

Location: Derby, Derby or Warrington, Warrington

Organisation: Engineering

Department: Development Engineering, Integration Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Plant Engineering

Required Security Clearance: BPSS

Job: Group Lead – Mechanical and Electrical Layout

Location: Derby or Warrington (Home based + some travel)

Salary: Competitive Salary + Package + Bonus

Duration: Permanent

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 Job:

The role is responsible for leading the design and delivery of the SMR Nuclear Island integrated mechanical and electrical layout. The role will require technical leadership of a team of design engineers, providing guidance, technical checking, strategy development, and supporting the team through their work. The role will involve generation of team plans, managing the resource, and providing pastoral care, personal reviews and training plans.

From a technical perspective, the role will support developing an understanding of integration and layout requirements and generating geometric solutions and arrangements. The team will be supported by a dedicated CAD engineering team and will work closely with installations, system design, architects, and civil design.

Experience within the following areas is considered highly desirable:

  • Development and application of installation and layout requirements into an integrated design solution.
  • Working with CAD toolsets, including approaches to embedding data into 3D tools, such as Model-based Definition (MBD) and/or Building Information Modelling (BIM).
  • Understanding Human Factors and Operations in relation to the development of plant arrangements.
  • The application of safety engineering in the field of arrangement design (including the use of hazard assessments).
  • The use of 4D tools and methods to support the understanding of construction, installation, and operations.

Applicants should have familiarity with the application of codes and standards through design, safety case engineering, requirements management, and systems engineering methods.

Experience with the application of risk management, and installation/construction schedules and planning are highly desirable.

Experience within the design of nuclear mechanical, electrical and structural systems is highly desirable, but not mandated. Applicants with wider industry experience in the application of large-scale installation and integration of process and structural solutions will also be considered.

Key Responsibilities

The key responsibilities for the Group Lead – Mechanical and Electrical Layout include:

  • Technical leadership and pastoral care for a team of design engineers.
  • Generation and maintenance of plans (with support from planners), and the monitoring and reporting of progress.
  • Production of integrated layout solutions through concept design development and optioneering.
  • Working with due regard to Health, Safety and Environment to ensure that solutions comply with all necessary corporate, business and legislative requirements and procedures.
  • Understand the nature of the risks applicable to reactor integration and make decisions in accordance with this understanding and the programme risk profile.  Clearly articulate the risks and manage as appropriate with the SMR project.
  • Deliver reactor integration layouts and attributes that meet the customer requirements in respect of quality, time & cost.
  • Ensuring solutions are verifiable against input requirements, and development of associated methods of assurance.
  • Ensure that quality is maintained throughout the SMR project lifecycle by undertaking appropriate technical reviews and providing the required inputs to the main project technical review gates.


  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline.
  • Experience in the leadership of an engineering team.
  • Chartered Engineer (or working towards Chartership)
  • Proven experience in the delivery of significant installation design programmes to time, cost and quality.
  • Experience in leading the development of design solutions from initial concept through to detailed design definition using a robust Design Process, this will include experience of DfX and trade-off studies to ensure an optimum design solution is produced.

We aim to respond to suitable candidates within 5 working days. If you have not heard from us within this time, please feel free to contact us to receive feedback on your application and discuss.

To apply please send your CV to Kris Charnock at Morson or contact the Morson office for more information.