Senior Chemistry Engineer - Nuclear

Location: Derby, Derby or Warrington, Warrington

Organisation: Engineering

Senior Chemistry Engineer
£51,000 - £65,000

Warrington/ Derby

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 Senior Chemistry Engineer, to be involved in industry leading, cutting-edge design project for a new type of power station.  
The successful chemistry engineer will sit within the materials and chemistry team and principally be responsible for the delivery of technical justifications underpinning the RR SMR chemistry E3S (Environment, Safety, Security, Safeguards) case. The role requires a close working relationship with other teams within the engineering directorate as part of Integrated Project Teams. The materials and chemistry team supports the full-lifecycle of the power plant from conceptual design through to decommissioning, including providing support to manufacturing and development engineering, and the supply chain. Therefore, the role will include responsibilities within the wide and varied tasks the team need to achieve. Due to the wide scope and range of activities undertaken by the materials team, the specific accountabilities of the role can be catered towards the successful candidate based on experience or interest.

  • Development, delivery and issue of technical justifications to underpin the RR SMR chemistry regime.

  • Support Integrated Project Teams (IPTs) – predominantly systems design and development engineering

  • Integrate and own the plan to ensure delivery to cost, quality and schedule

  • Stakeholder engagement both internally to RR SMR and external as necessary

  • Being embedded in the materials and chemistry team to drive delivery of wide and varied design support tasks


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.

Key Selection Criteria
Criteria 1 – Chemistry Principles -  The ability to understand and apply knowledge of the fundamental principles of chemistry to the definition of technical strategy and solution of technical problems throughout the product life cycle. Includes fundamentals of properties of matter, and, as appropriate, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry
Criteria 2 – Applied Chemistry - The ability to interpret and assess chemistry data within the context of all aspects of the product lifecycle. Includes the ability to interpret and predict chemistry excursions, trends and anomalies. Includes the impact of chemical changes on product operability and safety.
Criteria 3 – Experience in the Nuclear Industry – We are seeking candidates preferably with a background in the nuclear industry or a highly regulated industry, ideally with experience in:

Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) plant design and behaviour.
Environmental, Safety, Security and Safeguarding (E3S) regulations and principles (including application of As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP) and Best Available Technique (BAT) principals).

Criteria 4 – Technical Writing - The ability to produce studies, specifications, scopes, basis of design, engineering schedules, design method statements, philosophies, and technical reports.?
Criteria 5 – Collaboration Skills - A proactive, positive attitude, with the desire and ability to learn fast, challenge conventional thinking and make a difference.

Pay and Benefits
We anticipate a paying salary of between £51,000 & £65,000 negotiable dependant on experience, a performance related bonus of up to 12.5%, 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 [email protected] to arrange a confidential conversation with a recruitment partner.