Job Description

Chief Development Engineer in England







  • Chief Development Engineer
  • Base Salary Starting From £105,000 (DOE)
  • Warrington, OR Derby - Hybrid working flexibility.

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 Chief Development Engineer, to be involved in prospecting world changing technology by developing meaningful relationships with some of largest entities across the globe.

Job Purpose:

Reporting to the Engineering Director, the Chief Development Engineer is accountable for leading all aspects of the Validation and Verification Programme for the SMR business.

This involves senior leadership of a large multi-disciplinary team, accountable for ensuring validation of engineering requirements and their basis and all aspects of structured verification planning, test development and execution, in order to deliver the required substantiation evidence and data to support the evolving design and safety case.

Key Results & What Can Be Achieved in The Role:

The role is accountable for the full scope of test rigs and demonstrator activity, ranging from detailed materials testing through to large scale thermal hydraulic rigs and demonstrators.

Extensive engagement with supply chain and research institutes is a critical part of the role, as the bulk of the rigs are developed and executed externally within the supply chain.

There will be extensive management of packages of work, test rig and demonstrator programmes within the supply chain.

The Key Selection Criteria:

  1. Leading and delivering large complex programmes, managing large teams, and providing clear strategic leadership of a large programme and budget.

Experience in a senior leadership position, managing circa 50 people, and managing a budget of circa £40M per annum across a wide range of suppliers.

Proven experience of implementing best practice methods and new ways of working, whilst leading and coaching a diverse team.

Accountable for strategic aspects of commissioning including development of the power station commission schedule and design for commissioning strategies.

  1. Structured verification and validation expertise and experience of leading teams to deliver an extensive V&V programme.

Accountable for verification of the SMR product(s) to ensure that compliance with all design and business-related requirements.

Clear planning and application of structured verification, with development of effective and robust processes across the business to support all aspects of V&V.

  1. Test rig design and realisation experience, with extensive management of packages of work, test rig and demonstrator programmes within the supply chain.

Efficient definition and deployment of the required test programmes, rigs and test vehicles to deliver the required timely evidence and data to support the evolving design and safety case. with the associated assurance of health and safety across all aspects of work.

  1. Systems Engineering and related process expertise.

Systems engineering application in design and related process development, with strong relevant contextual engineering experience in applicable industry applications.

Relevant practical engineering experience to support contextual application of verification practices.

  1. Supply chain and stakeholder engagement, management, & influence.

Extensive engagement with supply chain and research institutes is a critical part of the role, as the bulk of the rigs are developed and executed externally within the supply chain.

As a senior engineering and integration role, this position will require extensive interaction at all levels, internal and external to the company and strong collaboration across all business functions.

The candidate will need to show excellent communication and collaboration characteristics and very strong influence in order to bring all parties together and drive the challenging programme forward to realise the common goals.

Qualifications & Training:

The candidate will be a Chartered Engineer or equivalent and hold a relevant technical degree level

qualification or will have equivalent relevant industry experience.

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.

Pay and Benefits

Starting from £105,000 (DOE) plus:-

  • Bonus - Performance related bonus of up to 25%
  • Long term shares options up to 15%
  • Benefits Allowance - £10,500, enabling you to create a bespoke package or take as salary.
  • Pension - 12% employer and 6% employee contributions.
  • Holidays - 28 days holiday (+ public holidays) and the ability to buy or sell up to 4 days
  • Private Medical Insurance - BUPA single cover health care
  • Life Assurance - 6x pensionable pay
  • £250 - One-off payment for new starters for home office purchases

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.

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.

Our Application Process:

The recruitment process for this vacancy is being handled by Advanced Resource Managers, an official recruitment partner to Rolls Royce SMR.

RR SMR have a 2-stage interview process and they can be online or in-person. Please do let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments to be made.

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, please contact to arrange a confidential conversation with a recruitment partner.

Our Screening Process

Due to the safety regulations within the nuclear industry, applicants will be required to participate in following additional screening:-

  • 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


This vacancy is being advertised by either Advanced Resource Managers Limited, Advanced Resource Managers IT Limited or Advanced Resource Managers Engineering Limited ("ARM"). ARM is a specialist talent acquisition and management consultancy. We provide technical contingency recruitment and a portfolio of more complex resource solutions. Our specialist recruitment divisions cover the entire technical arena, including some of the most economically and strategically important industries in the UK and the world today. We will never send your CV without your permission.

Job reference 124189_1720076703
Date posted 04 July 2024
Sector Energy

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