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Manufacturing Engineer - Capability Acquisition

  • Location: Derby
  • Salary: Market related
  • Job Type:Permanent

Manufacturing Engineer – Capability Acquisition

Hybrid working and Derby or Warrington

This is more than just a job; this is a legacy.


Rolls-Royce SMR was established with one clear goal - to deliver clean, affordable energy for all.

Rolls-Royce SMR offers a radically different approach to delivering nuclear power. A 90% factory-built solution, drastically reducing project risk, shortening construction times and increasing delivery certainty.

The Rolls-Royce SMR is a world-class global product for a global market - using established nuclear technology developed by a UK-based team building on decades of engineering, manufacturing and nuclear reactor design experience.

About the position

Reporting to the SMR Manufacturing Capability Delivery Manager, the Manufacturing Engineer – Capability Acquisition will work within the SMR Manufacturing Engineering team that is responsible for the design, development and delivery of manufacturing methods, capabilities and factory solutions to meet the SMR business needs. 

The Manufacturing Engineer – Capability Acquisition will be primarily responsible for devising, developing and implementing new manufacturing capabilities for the business.  Capability in this context means all aspects of technology, methods and processes needed for the manufacture and assembly of large pressure vessels, mechanical and electrical process plant, containment structures and civil constructions required to deliver a new nuclear power station.

This is a rare opportunity for an experienced and well-motivated manufacturing engineer to join a team within a fledgling organisation setting up new manufacturing capability in the UK.

Key Responsibilities:

-         Develop, validate, optimise and improve manufacturing methods and processes that are capable of meeting required HSE, quality, flexibility, delivery, cost and innovation factors.

-         Define the technical scope, delivery and governance elements of multi-discipline projects, including their strategic relevance and business justification.

-         Capture, analyse and use data to demonstrate project milestones and objectives are achieved, in line with agreed programme requirements.

-         Work with stakeholders (integrated teams, specialists, partners, suppliers, etc,) to ensure technical and business aspects of projects are understood and accounted for, and risks are mitigated appropriately.

-         Build-in value engineering through the application of pragmatic and proportionate solutions and apply knowledge to resolve emergent issues efficiently and effectively.

-         Manage and maintain work files, databases, etc, to capture and control project information, including the status of activities, decisions made, revisions and closure.

-         Compile manufacturing readiness evidence packs in line with agreed criteria and organise formal reviews to substantiate project findings and conclusions.

-         Assure intellectual property and classified data are being managed appropriately (i.e., export control classifications, 3rd party screening, etc.,).

-         Identify, capture, utilise and share best practices and lessons learned.

-         Manage stakeholder interactions, communications and reporting; operate with openness and coherence, and maintain strong collaborative relationships and rapport at all levels.


-         Professionally Qualified Engineer (e.g., UK minimum HND/foundation degree or other national equivalent) in an engineering discipline.

-         Meets recognised professional engineering criteria (e.g., ECUK IEng or CEng)

-         Sound knowledge of design intent requirements related to high value products (e.g., structural integrity, materials, inspection techniques, codes/specifications, regulatory compliance)

-         Knowledge and ideally experience of industrial capability readiness requirements and protocols.

-         Strong planning and organising skills necessary to successfully deliver complex and innovative high value projects, within agreed cost and timescale constraints.

-         Ability to integrate well within a project team in a commercial environment.  This will include working in collaboration with external partners and suppliers.

-         Experience in complying with Export Control requirements.

Pay and Benefits

A highly competitive salary is on offer along with a performance related bonus.
A range of flexible benefits are available to choose from, enabling you to create a bespoke package to suit your needs.
Travel: the location of work is Derby or Warrington
Flexible working/hybrid and remote working patterns are available with agreement.
Working hours are 37.5 hrs per week with some additional hours as and when required.

Who we are?

Rolls-Royce SMR’s small modular reactor (SMR) programme is the first of its kind in the UK.

A Rolls-Royce SMR power station will have the capacity to generate 470mw of low-carbon energy, equivalent to more than 150 onshore wind turbines. It will provide consistent baseload generation for at least 60 years, helping achieve the Government’s target of 24GW of nuclear energy by 2050.

In addition to stable base load power, Rolls-Royce SMRs will be able to provide energy for the manufacture of green hydrogen and synthetic fuels, to support the path to Net Zero and the decarbonisation of transport.

Out technology is based upon well-established Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) technology, in use all over the world, but Rolls-Royce SMR’s unique approach will see the reactor components built in factory conditions and assembled on site.

Our factory-built model is entirely scalable, as demand increases, we invest in further factories using the same design and management systems used for all our SMRs.

When fully operational the Rolls-Royce SMR programme is forecast to create 40,000 regional UK jobs by 2050 and generate £52bn in economic benefit.  

Having begun the design assessment process with the UK regulators, the organisation is at a point where it needs to significantly increase its workforce, offering candidates the opportunity to work with cutting edge technology within a world-class team.

How to apply

Rolls-Royce SMR is an equal opportunities employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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.

If you are not yet ready to apply, but would like to find out more, please contact to arrange a confidential conversation with a recruitment partner.