Test Rig Design Engineer

Location: Derby, Manchester, Warrington

Organisation: Engineering

Department: Electrical Control and Instrumentation, Plant Engineering

Test Rig Design Engineer
Derby, Manchester, or Warrington / Hybrid
£40,000 - £57,000 + Excellent benefits

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.

The Rolls-Royce SMR Test Programme is accountable for delivering a suite of test rigs to validate fluid models used to design the Rolls-Royce SMR power station. Working with a team under the technical supervision of a Design Lead, the Test Rig Design Engineer will help develop the design of thermal-hydraulic or mechanical test rigs to time and cost. We will consider applicants from a range of engineering disciplines, including mechanical, chemical and EC&I, providing they can demonstrate an ability to apply their skills to fluid system designs.

We are now recruiting for a Test Rig Design Engineer to be involved in delivering an industry leading, cutting-edge design project for a new type of nuclear power station.  


What we’re looking for

You will be delivering engineering outputs through a series of gated reviews, requiring the use of systems engineering techniques to develop robust solutions that meet the project requirements. The role demands effective engagement with internal and external stakeholders, from preliminary concept stages through to detail design and implementation with external testing facilities.

To do this you will:

  • Apply system-design and engineering techniques to help develop test rigs from preliminary concept through to detail design.
  • Produce design documents, including calculations, PI&Ds, system descriptions and operating philosophies, and develop engineering assessments to specify unit operations for the assigned test rig.
  • Use relevant internal and external guidance material and standards to ensure deliverables conform to relevant best practice and are safe by design, including contributing to HAZOP and FMECA activities.
  • Work collaboratively and proactively with multi-discipline teams, including power station design teams, suppliers and external test houses, to ensure the test rig design is optimised against design requirements and verification strategies.
  • Manage and plan own time to ensure delivery to cost, quality and schedule.
  • Manage and escalate technical and programme risks to the Test Rig Lead Engineer as appropriate.
  • Act as a technical representative for assigned test rigs at technical and project reviews.

As we strive to find the best fit for this position, we are seeking individuals with a minimum level of experience, training, and qualification. But we’ll let you in on a secret: there’s no such thing as the ‘perfect’ candidate. If you feel you meet 75% of the requirements for this role, we would love to hear from you.


Key selection criteria for this role are:

Design Solutions:

A systems-thinking mindset and experience in delivering design solutions for systems, including managing own time to producing design documents to a high quality and at pace.

Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration:

Experience of collaborating within multi-discipline teams to define and manage system requirements.

Communication Excellence:

The ability to take complex information, understand it and present it in an appropriate and compelling format, which includes formal communications to the appropriate stakeholders & audiences within and outside of your area of expertise.

Dynamic Initiative

A proactive, positive attitude, with the desire and ability to learn fast, challenge conventional thinking and make a difference.

Safety Culture Advocate:

The ability to model strong and positive safety behaviours and to instil it in others, including respectfully challenging others and taking the initiative to build a strong safety culture.


  • Degree-level or equivalent qualifications in Engineering, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, or a related discipline.
  • Professional recognition through an appropriate professional body or be working towards it.

Please note: Previous experience of test rigs or nuclear systems are desirable but not necessary for this role.


Pay and Benefits

In addition to the salary, 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

The recruitment process for this vacancy is being handled by Morson Talent, the official recruitment partner to RR SMR. By applying to this vacancy, you are consenting to have your personal information shared with Morson Talent. Your details will only be handled in conjunction with RR SMR opportunities.

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 [email protected]to arrange a confidential conversation with a recruitment partner.

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