Verification and Validation Capability Engineer

Location: Derby, Manchester, Warrington

Organisation: Engineering

Department: Capability Engineering

Verification and Validation Capability Engineer

£40,000 to £52,000 + Excellent benefits

Derby, Warrington, Manchester / Hybrid

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 a Verification and Validation Capability 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

As a Verification and Validation Capability Engineer at RR SMR, you'll be integral to our Systems Engineering approach, ensuring our power station designs meet requirements and stakeholder needs. Your role involves developing and maintaining processes and tools for verification and validation, aligning with our strategy of offering delivery-certain solutions through modern engineering tools such as analysis and rig tests.

This position supports the delivery of world-leading Verification and Validation capabilities, leveraging digital approaches and will also require strategic Verification strategy development at a cross-cutting level. Part of this involves ensuring the quality and consistency of our strategy content, including database architecture and using tools like Microsoft Azure solutions such as Power Automate and PowerApps.

Key selection criteria for this role are:

Systems Engineering Experience:

Experience in Systems Engineering for complex products, preferably in safety-critical and regulated industries. Nuclear industry experience is desirable but not essential.

Skills in strategy/planning, requirements management, and/or Verification and Validation.

  • Process and Tool development:
  • Experience in delivering or managing process improvements that affect a range of stakeholders.
  • Experience using requirements management databases (such as IBM DOORS), or other cloud-based repositories.
  • Experience developing new processes in a digital environment. Experience coding or using Microsoft Azure low code solutions (PowerApps, Power Automate etc.) is desirable.

Proactive Approach to Continuous Improvement:

Ability to challenge conventional thinking and seek best practices globally.

Self-starting attitude and readiness to revisit first principles when necessary.

Interpersonal skills:

Strong communication skills to facilitate multi-disciplinary problem-solving.

Ability to articulate the importance of Systems Engineering and garner support for RR SMR's strategic approach.

Work Management:

Effective workload management, balancing priorities and navigating ambiguity.

Ability to engage with and influence other engineering teams to ensure alignment with Systems Engineering requirements.


  • 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.

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.

Pay and Benefits

We anticipate paying a salary between £40,000 to £52,000 plus package.

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 role is managed by Morson Talent, the official recruitment partner to RR SMR. By applying, you consent to having your personal information shared with Morson Talent.

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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