Senior Mechanical Engineer

Senior Mechanical Engineer Installation Components

Warrington, Manchester or Derby / Hybrid

£55,000 - £65,000 + 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.

We are now recruiting for a Senior Mechanical 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 Senior Mechanical Engineer, you will be responsible for the design of the SMR containment structural components, as part of the Reactor Island Integration team. You will work within a core team responsible for the delivery of critical path components with significant number of system and component interfaces.

The role will involve developing and understanding technical and through-life requirements of systems, structures, and components (SSCs), performing optioneering studies to determine optimal design, manufacturing, and construction solutions in keeping with the SMR modular build philosophy.

As a senior member of the team, you will be expected to guide and mentor junior engineers to help them develop their full potential.

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:

We would like you to have experience or expertise in several of the following areas, but we do not expect you to possess all of them:

Familiarity with ASME Design Codes:

Candidates with a strong understanding of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Design Codes will be well-suited to the position.

Experience in the development of design solutions from initial concept through to detailed design definition, including experience of implementing trade-off/optioneering studies to ensure an optimum solution is produced.

Proficiency in designing for through-life operation, testing, inspection, repair, and replacement of large fabricated and mechanical assemblies.

Expertise in Pressure Vessels and Systems

Ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams and supply chain partners for sub-contracted work packages, to achieve a single integrated solution that ensures the containment vessel (and supporting components) meets the needs of interfacing systems as well as other factors arising from environmental, safety, security and Safeguarding (E3S), in line with Relevant Good Practice (RGP).

Proficiency in Manufacturing Processes

The ability to work with manufacturing processes, including welding, machining, and metal forming techniques, is important.

Experience in heavy manufacturing is a valuable asset, given the nature of our operations.

Experience in the Nuclear Industry

We are seeking candidates with ideally a background in the nuclear industry or a highly regulated industry.

Knowledge of Structural Integrity Methodology

An understanding of structural integrity methodology and assessment.

Knowledge of materials behaviour and through-life degradation.

Familiarity with UK Regulatory Expectations

Candidates with knowledge of UK regulatory expectations and safety case methodology, particularly within the nuclear industry, are encouraged to apply.


  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline
  • Chartered Engineer (or working towards Chartership).

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 arrange a confidential conversation with a recruitment partner.

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