C&I Design Manager - Conventional Island

Location: Derby, Derby or Warrington, England, North West

Organisation: Engineering

Department: Plant Engineering

Required Security Clearance: BPSS

C&I Design Manager - Conventional Island

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

The role of the Control and Instrumentation (C&I) Design Manager reports to the Chief Design Engineer – EC&I. As a C&I design expert, the successful applicant will develop and manage the C&I design teams to deliver all aspects of the Conventional Island C&I design programme for the power station design development (Reactor Island C&I is the responsibility of others). This covers the delivery of the complete design of the Control and Instrumentation systems, spanning system architecture, sub-system design and equipment specification and design / selection to realise the final verified design of the power station. They will do this by working closely with the engineering teams from across the power station (e.g. design teams, human factors, safety, security, V&V etc) and applying a structured systems engineering approach to design.

The role will cover technical design and programme management and team line management for the C&I design organisation.


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

  • Development of the plans and delivery of the programme to schedule and budget
  • Ensure Integration between work areas to deliver an integrated solution
  • Ensuring standardisation of design (principles, architecture and equipment) across the whole power station
  • Systems Engineering development for the power station C&I areas including identification of interfaces using MBSE tools and robust management of requirements, evidence, definition and verification activities
  • Leadership
  • Development and management of a team appropriate to fulfil the scope of work
  • Setting of goals and targets for team members
  • SQEPing of team and identification of training needs to maintain SQEP
  • Schedule updates, change management and reporting
  • Intelligent customer for external design packages to include specification and oversight of activities
  • Definition and application of codes and standards and compliance with relevant legislation
  • Development of modular design solutions to support build certainty targets
  • Technical governance accountability for the Conventional Island C&I design area

Qualifications & Experience

  • Degree level qualifications in Electronics, Control Systems Engineering or related similar field, or possess equivalent qualifications.
  • Previous experience within the nuclear industry is preferable. However, a proven record in justifying C&I systems in a highly regulated environment, including an understanding of the principles of component and system qualification (e.g. Nuclear, Defence, Aerospace, Rail, Automotive, Oil & Gas etc.) is equally important.
  • Experience in the systematic design lifecycle of a C&I system including specification, design, assessment, verification, testing, installation, commissioning and maintenance of safety or process critical C&I systems.
  • Understanding of the principles of designing systems to be functionally resilient to faults (such as redundancy and diversity).
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant industry standards for systems important to safety (e.g. IEC 61508, IEC 61513).
  • Good knowledge of principles and concepts, including appropriate standards and regulations that drive good C&I design.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles of modern C&I configuration, configuration control and maintenance of configuration records.

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.

Also, if you are considering a career move or a sector-jump, please get in touch, we welcome applications from people with transferable skills.

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.


The location of work can be either Derby or Warrington. (May consider other areas)
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 kris.charnock@morson.com to arrange a confidential conversation with a recruitment partner.