Project Engineer / Assistant PM - RR SMR

Location: Derby, Derby or Warrington, England, Warrington

Organisation: Engineering, Project Management Office

Department: Capability Engineering, Development Engineering, Plant Engineering, Programme Delivery

Required Security Clearance: Basic level

Role: Project Engineer / Assistant Project Manager - Rolls Royce Small Modular Reactors (SMR)


Location: Largely based from home with some travel to Derby and/or Warrington


Salary: Competitive + excellent benefits including bonus and good pension


Start Date: May 2022 onwards


Duration: Long-term permanent role with excellent future career and salary development opportunities


Morson are working exclusively with Rolls Royce SMR to recruit a Project Engineer to join a team based in either Derby or Warrington to form part of their core team for their Small Modular Reactors power plants programme. This individual will play a pivotal role in the development and engineering of SMR technology through a complex lifecycle, with the intent of delivering a clean energy solution which can deliver cost competitive and scalable net zero power for multiple applications.


Whilst largely based from home, this roles will require occasional travel to Warrington and/or Derby.


This role will ideally suit an Engineer with some Project Management experience obtained within a large, complex multi-disciplinary project environment (e.g. nuclear, power, rail, oil and gas, petrochemical, defence). Possession of, or working towards formal Project Management qualifications (e.g. Prince 2, APM, PMP) would be advantageous though not essential to being considered.


Candidates should be well-versed in:


Reporting / putting together data

Managing Budgets

Rick Management and scheduling (i.e. know how to pull together a basic schedule)




This role, reporting to the Delivery Programme Manager, will assist in the development and implementation and of succinct work packages for the RR SMR business. This role will work closely with functions such as Engineering, Supply Chain and Project Management Office in supporting the delivery of the work packages. The Project Engineer will assist in the development of the overall approach for the work packages, its overall timescales and the definition, development, and delivery of its major deliverables to meet the objectives of the overall Programme.


Key Knowledge and Responsibilities


  • Assist in the development of the overall approach for the work packages, including major timescales, budget and the definition of its major deliverables.
  • Ensuring that the vision, mission, and values are upheld and become part of the culture of the business.
  • Ensuring appropriate governance functions for the programme are maintained in accordance with target operating model.
  • Support the creation and maintenance of the required programme documentation.
  • Assist and support the controlling of the work package budgets and manage expenditure within agreed spending plans.
  • Assist in data collection, development and analysis to enable proper decision making and goal setting.
  • Support the oversight of work package execution, and tracking their progress compared with the performance measurement baseline.
  • Support with risk and issue identification and mitigation planning at both work package and programme level.
  • Monitor and coordinate dependencies across the projects in the programme and resolve conflicts.
  • Support an appropriate strategy for the development and delivery of the work package work scope.
  • Liaising closely with the commercial and risk functions to ensure an integrated approach to scope, cost, resource, and schedule control.
  • Providing overall programme level reporting across the work packages.
  • Help to build a culture of project and programme delivery across the organisation.
  • Ensure that lessons learnt and knowledge capture are practiced as business as usual to support drive continuous improvement in programme delivery.
  • Actively contribute to the development and execution of Programme and Project Management good practice corporately.


Key Competencies


  • Understands the appropriate level of Risk in the Company.
  • Has a grasp of and implications of Public Relations.
  • Understands and applies appropriate Corporate Governance to decision making.
  • Understands appropriate Commercial and Corporate law decision making.
  • Aware of the fiscal and fiduciary duties.
  • Astute in Government & Regulatory Affairs.
  • Strong leadership qualities to ensure project teams delivery effectively
  • Communicate and collaborate with Engineering Leads and other cross functional departments
  • Displays Accountable “above the line” behaviours at all times
  • At all times promotes Nuclear Safety and wider Health & Safety as the standard
  • Role Models the Values and Beliefs of the Company
  • Ensures that the ethical decisions are made
  • Is a role model in the Company’s attainment of ED&I Charter and Policy Standards
  • Consistently contribute and nurture good teamworking throughout the organisation
  • Self-driven and motivated and seeks to motivate others
  • Understands the principle of “right first time” – particular in relation to Quality Assurance
  • Encourages the practices of Knowledge and Document Management
  • Commercially Astute
  • Financially Astute
  • Aware of and abides by procurement processes and values


Qualifications and Experience


  • Project Management or Engineering Diploma Qualified
  • Possessing of, or working towards Member of the Association of Project Management (APM) or similar.
  • Complex project delivery experience, either in an engineering design environment or large Turnkey construction Projects.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills including influencing.
  • Results focused with the ability to meet commitments and deadlines.
  • Logical thinking, highly organized with attention to detail, high level of analytical and numerate skills


For the right candidate, SMR can offer a competitive salary + an excellent benefits package, excellent long-term career development opportunities, as well the opportunity to work on a cutting-edge programme that will be a critical and strategic player in the global race to Net Zero carbon emissions.


MORSON TALENT, part of the Morson Group, are the leading TECHNICAL & ENGINEERING RECRUITMENT COMPANY in the UK specialising in Technical Support to the following industries: Nuclear, Power Generation, Aerospace, Rail, Marine, Petrochemical & Construction