Reactor Island C&I Architecture Lead - RR SMR

Location: Derby or Warrington

Organisation: Engineering

Department: Development Engineering, Plant Engineering

Required Security Clearance: Basic level

Role: Reactor Island C&I Architecture Lead - Rolls Royce Small Modular Reactors (SMR)


Location: 2-3 days/week in Warrington or Derby office with rest worked from home


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 Reactor Island C&I Architecture Lead 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.


This role will be based 2-3 days per week in the office with the rest worked from home. 




Technical Team Lead with experience in the Systems Engineering and C&I development, will report to and support the Reactor Island C&I Design Manager in programme management and planning. They will be responsible for the leadership of the C&I Architecture design team and technical output.  Using robust systems engineering thinking throughout the design lifecycle, the team will ensure the C&I integrates within the plant design


Key Knowledge and Responsibilities


  • Development of system specifications to the required schedule and budget, meeting plant and regulatory requirements.
  • System specification validation, through assessments and modelling.
  • Need someone who understands systems behaviour and how to integrate / integrated into overall systems, and can anticipate / oversee integration issues
  • Specification of V&V programme for system integration and support to its development and results.
  • Integration of C&I Systems with plant system to meet overall plant objectives
  • Integration of C&I Systems into the Control Rooms
  • Publish EC&I information and documentation to the plant safety case.
  • Design and development of a robust supply chain.
  • Support the Design manager in Developing and delivering the internal technical competency and capability
  • Support the Design manager in Technical and Programme management and support the governance of the design team.
  • Support the Design Manager in Personnel Management of the team
  • Good nuclear industry background – understands nuclear programme and challenges of working through a GDA programme


Key Competencies



  • Technical leadership within control and instrumentation system development
  • Project management processes, including management of personnel
  • Management of a design team
  • Systems Engineering - Concept Generation and Selection, Managing Complex Data, Decision Making, Requirements Management
  • Control Systems Architecture    
  • Control Systems Design



  • Control Theory and Control Laws
  • User Interfaces Controls
  • Safety & Resilience - Hazard Identification and Assessment Safety and Reliability System Level Analysis
  • Control Systems Verification
  • Product Change Management (System) Configuration principles


Qualifications and Experience


  • 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.        


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