Physical Protection Solution Lead

Location: Derby, Manchester, Remote, Warrington

Organisation: Regulatory Affairs

Department: Security

Physical Protection Solution Lead

UK based – can be flexible/ remote


We are Rolls-Royce SMR and we’re doing something that’s never been done before. We’re revolutionising an industry. That’s a once-in-a-career opportunity for those excited by such a challenge. This is more than just a job; this is a legacy.

We are now recruiting for the exciting role of Physical Protection Solution Lead.

This role provides the unique opportunity, from a security perspective, to influence the design of this SMR. Taking the project from concept to the final construction, with involvement in the whole process. After the design phase is complete the next step is to build an SMR and you will be working on the logistics of the factory sites, getting everything up and running, seeing things through from concept to completion.

You will be working as a critical team member of the security group directly supporting both the architect and engineering design functions to deliver a physically secure solution to future licensees of new RR-SMR Power Stations.

In addition, a crucial outcome of this work will see you working within the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) Security team and working closely with all components of the safety, safeguards, and environmental functions within the GDA team; specifically, this post will augment the capability of the Security Case Lead alongside the Cyber Protection solution delivery Lead producing the Claims, Arguments, and Evidence that will form part of the Generic Security Report (GSR) component of the GDA submission to the ONR.


What we’re looking for

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.

We’re looking for experience and skill in 5 key areas:-


Physical Security Subject Matter Expert

Experience in the delivery of physical security solutions in a nuclear environment, with demonstratable capability of the implementation of Physical Security Solution programmes in a heavily regulated environment

Knowledge of Physical Security Codes & Standards to give advice, guidance, & recommend solutions within a secure, controlled environment. 


Demonstratable understanding of the principles behind secure-by-design and the graded approach.

Exceptional knowledge of the practice and principles of requirements identification, analysis, and synthesis, to create substantiation of security claims, arguments, and evidence.

Ideally with experience in the delivery of the physical security aspects of the Generic Security Report (GSR) following principles of Secure-by-Design.


Demonstratable understanding of threat analysis and creation of adversarial pathways.

Experience in interpreting threat intelligence, analysing vulnerabilities. Application of the threat – what does it mean to us? Security vulnerability association / Protection of vital assets.  Risk assessment and risk mitigation and prevention – application of expertise to put appropriate measure in place.


Interpersonal & Communication Skills.

Engage with the regulator, actively collaborate with the architect and engineering communities across RR-SMR to ensure secure-by-design is an active component of the design process. Manage a physical security specialist.


Regulatory Requirements

Experienced engaging directly with UK Government regulators and leading the conversation Understands ONR security Regulatory requirements & Nuclear Industry Security Regulation (NISR) 2003. Ideally with experience and understanding of the application of the ONR SyAPs to support nuclear security solution design.

Pay and Benefits

We anticipate a paying salary of between £60,000 and £65,000 (DOE).

There is also a performance related bonus of up to 12.5%, and an attractive pension scheme with 12% employer and 6% employee contributions. You will also receive a flexible benefits allowance of £2,200, enabling you to create a bespoke package to suit your needs.


We are Rolls-Royce SMR

Rolls-Royce SMR is a rare employer because it blends the world-class brand of Rolls Royce with an exciting start-up that has a hugely challenging mission. We’re doing work that contributes to the survival of the planet. Because of our mission, there’s a pace and energy that is palpable, and our leaders draw you in with their passion, energy, and determination.

We’re one of a handful of employers who can genuinely say we’re a strengths-based organisation – our people are here because of what makes them great, and our job is to help them make the best contribution of their careers doing work they love.

The start-up mentality coupled with our strengths-approach to people means there are opportunities to grow in ways and jobs you probably would be barred from doing in more traditional companies.

Each Rolls-Royce SMR power station will have the capacity to generate 470MW of low carbon energy, equivalent to more than 150 onshore wind turbines and enough to power a million homes. It will provide consistent baseload generation for at least 60 years, helping to support the roll out of renewable generation and overcome intermittency issues


Our Culture

At Rolls-Royce SMR, we are committed to ensuring that our teams reflect the communities we serve and that everyone can be themselves at work. We know that diverse teams are more innovative and get better results, and that our people can thrive and be more successful in truly inclusive cultures. Join us and help shape our culture. Find out more about our inclusion pledge.

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 and help shape our culture.


Our Application Process

Due to the safety regulations within the nuclear industry, applicants will be required to participate in additional screening. These are:

  • Obtaining Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) clearance
  • Satisfactory completion of a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Satisfactory completion of a basic financial probity check

Your candidate experience is at the utmost importance to us. If you are not yet ready to apply but would like to discuss any of the above or require any reasonable adjustments (e.g. being able to apply in a different format), please contact  to arrange a confidential conversation with a recruitment partner. 

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