Controls Design Engineer

Location: Derby, Derby or Warrington, Warrington

Organisation: Engineering

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

Required Security Clearance: BPSS

Job: Controls Design Engineer

Location: Derby or Warrington (With remote working options)

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:

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.


  • A Degree qualification in one 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.       

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.

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