Job Description

Senior Civil Structural Engineer – Cooling Water Island in Bristol







  • Senior Engineer - Cooling Water Island - Civil & Structural
  • We anticipate offering a salary between £48,000 > £62,000 (DOE)
  • Teams based in Bristol / Main Offices - Warrington, OR 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 Engineer - Cooling Water Island, to be involved in an industry leading, cutting-edge project for a new type of power station.

Job Purpose:

Reporting to the Civil & Structural Cooling Water Island Lead, the Cooling Water Island Advanced Civil & Structural Engineer will contribute to the development of the fully integrated technical solutions and governance of all large earth retaining structures, tunnelling, water retaining structures, shoreline structures and offshore structures within the Rolls Royce SMR Cooling Water Island.

The role covers the technical leadership of the design of retaining, deep shaft and tunnel and offshore structures.

This includes the management of engineers within the team, demonstrating the validity of the technical solutions developed under their direction, the delivery of a robust design and safety justification.

The candidate will also need to assist with the integration of the civil and structural design solution into the overall plant design and lead the resolution of engineering problems within their scope. This role would suit an experienced Senior Engineer or a new Principal Engineer. This role offers the candidate the first opportunity to work on the design development and Generic Design Assessment of a new nuclear plant design for decades

Key Results & What Can Be Achieved in The Role:

  • Generic Design Assessment Submissions submitted on time to agreed Quality Standards.
  • ONR queries responded to on time.
  • Technical Packages within the roles scope delivered to agreed programme.
  • Successful resolution of technical issues within the roles scope within the agreed programme.
  • Technical Governance activities completed to agreed programme.
  • Demonstrable integration of conventional health and safety improvements to the design of the roles scope.
  • Fosters a supportive working environment and assists with development of those within their team

The Key Selection Criteria:

  1. Technical Leadership of Civil & Structural Engineering Teams

The candidate should be able to provide demonstrable experience of leading civil and structural engineering teams on infrastructure projects, ideally within the nuclear or other highly regulated industries. This experience should include resolution of complex technical issues, developing justification of designs, development and management of requirements, control of risk and delivering to programme.

  1. Role specific knowledge and understanding - analysis, codes and standards, loading conditions.

The candidate should be able to provide demonstrable experience of carrying out and overseeing structural analysis activities and be able to discuss the codes and standards used, as well as the challenges faced and the resolution of those challenges. The cooling water island features large earth retaining structures, tunnelling, water retaining structures, shoreline structures and offshore structures. Therefore, the candidate should have experience of the analysis, design and justification of some or all of these types of structures.

  1. Nuclear and conventional safety knowledge and experience.

The role will require interaction with the safety case team and will require the development of civil and structural design substantiation against the requirements of the safety case, for part of the roles' scope. Therefore, it is desirable (but not mandatory) that the candidate has experience of working with nuclear safety cases and the role of engineering in their production.

A systems engineering approach to design development is being used, it would be beneficial if the candidate has experience of this methodology and an awareness or experience of using DOORS.

  1. Stakeholder management and Technical Governance

The role will require the management of interfaces with other disciplines across the project and contribution to Interdisciplinary Teams. Therefore, the candidate should have experience of stakeholder management on large projects or within complex organisations and have excellent communication skills.

  1. Team Leadership and Behaviours

The candidate will be responsible for supporting the Civil and Structural Cooling Water Island Lead with the growth and development of a high performing team. Therefore, the candidate will need to demonstrate experience of leading teams and articulate the values that they try to install into their team working environment.

Qualifications & Training:

  • The candidate should be a Chartered Civil or Structural Engineer or have sufficient work experience to demonstrate equivalence.
  • They should also be able to articulate reasons for not pursuing Chartership if necessary.

Pay and Benefits

We anticipate paying a salary of between £48,000 > £62,000 (DOE) plus:-

  • Bonus - Performance related bonus of up to 12.5%
  • Benefits Allowance - £2200, enabling you to create a bespoke package
  • 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.

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 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 Jasmine White 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 124196_1720090877
Date posted 05 July 2024
Sector Energy

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