Process Development Engineer

Location: Derby or Warrington, England, Warrington

Organisation: Engineering

Department: Integration Engineering

Required Security Clearance: BPSS

Process Development Engineer - Reactor Island Integration Design

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

  • Responsible for delivering the Installation Assemblies Modular Design development processes to optimise the design process flow, reduce variability within the process, improve design outputs, standardise installation assemblies’ designs and incorporate safety throughout.
  • Identify, develop, verify, and validate the Installation Assemblies processes for every stage of the design lifecycle, from concept through to detailed design in line with the programme and engineering schedules.
  • Lead the Design for Excellence (DfX) guidance for the Installation Assemblies Design team.
  • Evaluates and analyses current processes and provides recommendations as needed. Identify and troubleshoot process-related issues.
  • Presenting to stakeholders and training engineers on the Installation Engineering process.
  • Ensuring processes are aligned with the goals of the engineering function and measuring processes against corporate goals.
  • Work with design engineers within the Integration Team and wider Engineering Design function including Systems, Component, Layout, Build Certainty, Manufacturing, Installation & Commissioning, and Supply chain teams daily. Interacting with secondary & tertiary stakeholders as required.
  • Act as point of contact for the process on behalf of the Integration Team as required

Qualifications & Experience

  • Minimum of a bachelor's degree in STEAM degree and 2-5 years of relevant experience engineering experience depending on Design or Senior Role.
  • Experience in the development of Engineering Processes, Standards & Best Practices.
  • Requirements management and verification experience, preferably working within a Model-Based Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) process.
  • Experience in complete project lifecycles in a highly regulated industry.

Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a job. But we will let you in on a secret: there is 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.
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 are all proud to belong. Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a job. But we will let you in on a secret: there is 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.