Supplier Quality Assurance Engineer

Location: Derby or Warrington

Organisation: Engineering

Department: Manufacturing Engineering

Required Security Clearance: BPSS

Job Title
Supplier Quality Assurance Engineer

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

For the right individual, we have a fantastic opportunity to join the Rolls-Royce SMR Quality Team working as a Supplier Quality Assurance Engineer. In this role, you will be responsible for helping to shape and manage the development and deployment of the SMR supply chain quality assurance arrangements, processes and systems to meet nuclear design code and regulatory requirements, best practices and quality excellence.

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.

Key Responsibilities
• Work proactively with the businesses and functions to support the process and product audit programmes to meet regulatory, certification, customer, and business requirements (e.g. ISO 9001 and ASME NQA-1).
• Carrying out reviews, audits and system checks that support the Rolls-Royce SMR supply chain assurance and compliance programmes.
• Maintain and ensure compliance to outward facing Quality Management System standards.
• Provide coaching, advice and help to others in the resolution of problems and issues.
• Interpreting stakeholder and design code requirements and ensuring appropriate and effective quality programme and design code processes and supply chain governance is applied.
• Coach and assist others to ensure the quality assurance and design code requirements are understood.
• Support assurance activities to ensure compliance to quality assurance design code requirement and improvement to the Quality Programme arrangements.
• Proactively review and evaluate existing policies, practices, and controls for improvements.
• Provide coaching, advice and help to others in the resolution of problems and issues.
• You will help drive corrective and preventative actions through to resolution.
• Support quality excellence and nuclear safety culture within the business.
• Support external benchmarking to identify the latest audit and problem-solving techniques.
• Working closely with a wide range of stakeholders provide quality support to all functions including marketing, project and programme management, engineering, manufacturing, and the supply chain, gaining experience of a range of SMR activities.

Required Competencies
Degree qualified or equivalent experience, you will have significant working knowledge of operating within a technical or programme environment.
• Lead Auditor qualified and / or 3 or more years in a quality assurance
• Experienced in deployment of nuclear design code quality programmes.
• Development of processes, procedures and facilitating process mapping and problem-solving activities and workshops.
• Experienced in the creation and review of documents with an eye for detail and accuracy.
• Working on supply chain delivery programmes with multiple stakeholder requirements.
• Working with cross functional teams at all levels.
• Be focused, driven and agile with the ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously.
• Be able to effectively coach and influence others and manage expectations.
• Understand how organisations work and be able to use both formal channels and informal networks to get things done
• A strong negotiator and be able to combat resistance or setbacks to achieve results.
• A problem solver who seeks to find the root cause and present recommendations.
• You must be IT literate with the ability to analyse and manipulate data and turn it into actionable information.
• Experience of the nuclear industry, regulatory and ASME III NQA-1 design and construction codes requirements and expectation would be desirable.

Degree qualified or equivalent experience, you will have significant working knowledge of assurance, auditing and improvements within a Technical / Programme or Project environment. Preferably with experience in supply chain management in the nuclear industry and in ASME design code.

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 can be either Derby or Warrington/ Hybrid
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.

Our 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 were all proud to belong. Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a job. But well let you in on a secret: theres 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.