Mechanical Hazard - Radiation Protection Lead

Location: Derby or Warrington

Organisation: Engineering

Department: Development Engineering

Required Security Clearance: BPSS

Job: Mechanical Hazard / Radiation Protection Engineering Lead
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 Post
The Mechanical Hazard/Radiation Protection Engineering Lead will develop design solutions for the Reactor Island hazard protection and radiation shielding systems from preliminary concept through to detailed design and regulatory acceptance.

The role will involve the progression of design concepts through a series of gated design reviews, applying systems engineering and mechanical/structural design techniques to develop robust solutions that meet project requirements, and collaborating with interfacing design teams to ensure delivery of an optimised power station product.

The Mechanical Hazard/Radiation Protection Engineering Lead will have expertise in the application of systems engineering to the development of nuclear hazard and radiation protection systems and will lead the delivery of system designs into a fully integrated product solution in accordance with requirements flowed down from the project.

Key Responsibilities
• Apply systems and mechanical/structural engineering techniques to develop Hazard/Radiation Protection design solutions from preliminary concept through to detailed design definition; this will include experience of trade-off studies to ensure an optimum design solution is produced.
• Define and manage engineering requirements on reactor plant hazard and radiation protection systems.
• Develop and implement verification & validation strategies for the assigned reactor systems at the various stages of design maturity.
• Collaborate with other design teams to achieve a coherent and optimised power station solution.
• Manage and plan own time to ensure on time delivery, cost and quality against all project deliverables.
• Understand and articulate design risks, managing them as appropriate with the Reactor Systems Design Leads.
• Act as technical representative for the assigned reactor systems at technical and project reviews.
• Work with due regard to Health, Safety and Environment. Comply with corporate, business and legislative requirements. Champion company values, including Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Required Competencies
• Managing knowledge, information and data essentials
• Deliver Programme - Define a project/programme of work, deliver programme milestones in line with agreed plans and budgets, manage risks, etc.
• Awareness and understanding of SMR Quality Assurance (QA) processes and standards
• Technical Communication Essentials
• Leadership – leading functional and cross functional teams
• Learning from Experience (LfE)
• Knowledge of Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) design, plant and behaviour during normal and abnormal operation
• Environmental, Safety, Security and Safeguarding (E3S) regulations and principals (including application of As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP) and Best Available Technique (BAT) principals)
• E3S case methods (including nuclear safety classification), case structure and document generation
• Generation and management of Verification and Validation (V&V) plans and evidence
• Systems engineering essentials: systems engineering tools and techniques (e.g. functional modelling, Function Means Analysis (FMA), decision analysis, Quality Function Deployment (QFD)), concept generation, assessment and selection.
• Systems Thinking Essentials: Requirements development (including development of structured Requirements, Evidence, Definition and Verification (REDV) data and information) and management
• Configuration management essentials
• Design for, and generation and management of requirements for, Installations, Commissioning, Operations and Maintenance (ICOM)

Qualifications & Experience
• Qualified to degree level or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline.
• Chartered, or working towards chartered status, with a relevant professional institute. For example; the Institute of Mechanical Engineer.
• Mechanical and structural system design experience.
• Ideally, knowledge of nuclear system design and operation.
• Planning and organising skills to manage programme activities and deliverables.
• Ability to communicate effectively with any audience, quickly establishing credibility and buy-in.