Senior Structural Analysis Engineer

Location: Derby or Warrington

Organisation: Engineering

Department: Capability Engineering, Development Engineering, Plant Engineering

Required Security Clearance: BPSS

Senior Structural Analysis Engineer

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

The Senior Structural Analysis Engineer will work closely with the component design teams to provide insights to assist with design optimisation and deliver assessments which substantiate the components to the required level of maturity. This will predominantly involve ASME III design by analysis, R6 defect tolerance assessments and static seismic assessments. The role is expected to comprise a combination of directly performing analysis, supervising other team members and acting as an intelligent customer for analysis carried out by suppliers.  There will also be opportunities to be involved in defining analysis policies and developing analysis software.

The role will be primarily responsible for:

-        Be able to work independently to deliver, and supervise delivery of, structural analysis tasks and projects in line with the demands of the product programmes.

-        Provide technical expertise and opinion in supporting design work and making design decisions within integrated project teams.

-        Provide an intelligent customer service for analysis work conducted by design and make suppliers as part of the governance processes.

-        Support ongoing concept optioneering by applying a sprint mentality and pragmatic decision-making approach to structural assessments that are fit for purpose.

-        Produce guidance and policy materials in order to support the engineering and business processes.


-        Qualified to degree level or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline.

-        Proficiency in the use of finite element and hand calculations methods for structural analysis.

-        Strong working knowledge of either ASME BPVC III design by analysis or equivalent nuclear pressure vessel design code.

-        Strong working knowledge of either R6 or BS 7910 fracture analysis, preferably in the context of higher reliability nuclear components

-        An appreciation of material behaviour, crack propagation, contact and thermal fatigue.

-        Ability to communicate effectively with any audience, quickly establishing credibility and buy-in.

-        Ability to integrate well within a project team in a commercial environment. This will include working in collaboration with external partners and suppliers.

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.
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.