Apprentice Engineering Technical Assistant

Location: Derby or Warrington

Organisation: Engineering

Department: Capability Engineering, Development Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Plant Engineering

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Apprentice Engineering Technical Assistant

Hybrid working and Derby or Warrington

This is more than just a job; this is a legacy.


Rolls-Royce SMR was established with one clear goal - to deliver clean, affordable energy for all.

Rolls-Royce SMR offers a radically different approach to delivering nuclear power. A 90% factory-built solution, drastically reducing project risk, shortening construction times and increasing delivery certainty.

The Rolls-Royce SMR is a world-class global product for a global market - using established nuclear technology developed by a UK-based team building on decades of engineering, manufacturing and nuclear reactor design experience.

About the position

Positioned within the Head of Engineering’s team, the Engineering Technical Assistant is an apprenticeship role intended to assist the team implement and maintain engineering capabilities required to deliver the SMR programme.

The Engineering Technical Assistant will undertake a range of tasks that aid the efficient and effective identification or delivery of engineering capability and related functional activities.  Key elements of the role are to provide administrative support to the engineering directorate first line and their teams, create and compile information databases and facilitate the dissemination of knowledge via internal media channels.  The role requires an individual with good word processor, spreadsheet, database management, etc., skills (ideally the Microsoft office suite) and strong interpersonal skills.

This is an exciting early career development opportunity to perform a cross functional role within a fledgling UK based organisation.

Key Responsibilities:

-         Arrange internal or external meetings, workshops and conferences

-         Coordinate travel to external stakeholders, facilities and supply chain organisations

-         Organise technical governance and talent development reviews

-         Maintain a structural chart of the Engineering Organisation

-         Develop and maintain the Engineering intranet site and issue newsletters

-         Develop and maintain hard and soft filing structures, for work files, models, drawings, etc.

-         Coordinate databases to manage desk bookings, meeting rooms, pool cars, etc.

-         Assist with engineering recruitment and onboarding processes

-         Liaise with other SMR functions to facilitate timely transfer of data

-         Compile and publish engineering management metrics

Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a job. But we'll let you in on a secret: there's no such thing as a 'perfect' candidate. If you feel you meet 75% of the requirements for this role, we would love to hear from you.

Pay and Benefits

A highly competitive salary is on offer along with a performance related bonus.
A range of flexible benefits are available to choose from, enabling you to create a bespoke package to suit your needs.
Travel: the location of work is Derby or Warrington.
Flexible working / hybrid and remote working patterns are available with agreement.
Working hours are 37.5 hrs per week with some additional hours as and when required.

Who we are?

Rolls-Royce SMR’s small modular reactor (SMR) programme is the first of its kind in the UK.

A Rolls-Royce SMR power station will have the capacity to generate 470mw of low-carbon energy, equivalent to more than 150 onshore wind turbines. It will provide consistent baseload generation for at least 60 years, helping achieve the Government’s target of 24GW of nuclear energy by 2050.

In addition to stable base load power, Rolls-Royce SMRs will be able to provide energy for the manufacture of green hydrogen and synthetic fuels, to support the path to Net Zero and the decarbonisation of transport.

Out technology is based upon well-established Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) technology, in use all over the world, but Rolls-Royce SMR’s unique approach will see the reactor components built in factory conditions and assembled on site.

Our factory-built model is entirely scalable, as demand increases, we invest in further factories using the same design and management systems used for all our SMRs.

When fully operational the Rolls-Royce SMR programme is forecast to create 40,000 regional UK jobs by 2050 and generate £52bn in economic benefit.  

Having begun the design assessment process with the UK regulators, the organisation is at a point where it needs to significantly increase its workforce, offering candidates the opportunity to work with cutting edge technology within a world-class team.

How to apply

Rolls-Royce SMR is an equal opportunities employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

However you identify or whatever your path here, please apply if you see a position that interests or excites you. Come join us and help us build a global company where we're all proud to belong. Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a job. But we'll let you in on a secret: there's no such thing as a 'perfect' candidate.

Rolls-Royce SMR is a place where everyone can grow, so whatever background you bring with you, please apply if this is a role that would make you excited to come into work every day.

If you are not yet ready to apply, but would like to find out more, please contact to arrange a confidential conversation with a recruitment partner.