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Senior Test Rig Design Engineer – Thermal Hydraulics in Derby, Derbyshire



Derby, Derbyshire





Senior Test Rig Design Engineer - Thermal Hydraulics

We anticipate offering a salary of £50,000 - £62,000

Warrington OR Derby - Hybrid working options available.

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 test Rig Design Engineer, to be involved in ​an industry leading, cutting-edge project for a new type of power station. ​

Job Purpose:

Rolls-Royce SMR Development Engineering is accountable for delivering a suite of test rigs to validate fluid models used to design the Rolls-Royce SMR power station.

We now have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Test Design Engineer to join the Test Capability Team to deliver technical design development of thermal hydraulic test rigs that will underpin the power station performance modelling.

Senior Test Rig Design Engineers will take a lead role in the design of thermal-hydraulic or mechanical test rigs to time and cost, under the technical supervision of a Test Lead. They will deliver engineering outputs through a series of gated reviews, requiring the use of systems engineering techniques to develop robust solutions that meet the project requirements. The role demands effective engagement with internal and external stakeholders, from preliminary concept stages through to detail design and implementation with external testing facilities. They will use their knowledge and experience to coach and support other test rig design engineers.

We will consider applicants from a range of engineering disciplines, including mechanical, chemical and EC&I, providing they can demonstrate an ability to apply their skills to fluid system designs.

Key Results & What Can Be Achieved in The Role:

  • Apply system-design and engineering techniques to develop test rigs from preliminary concept through to detailed design, with a range of stakeholders.
  • Produce and technically review design documents, including calculations, PI&Ds, system descriptions, and operating philosophies, and develop engineering assessments to specify unit operations for the assigned test rig.
  • Use relevant internal and external guidance material and standards to ensure deliverables conform to relevant best practice and are safe by design, including leading HAZOP and FMECA activities.
  • Manage and plan own time to ensure delivery to cost, quality and schedule.
  • Manage and escalate technical and programme risks to the Test Lead as appropriate.
  • Act as an independent technical representative for assigned test rigs at technical and project reviews.
  • Use knowledge and experience to coach and support other test rig design engineers.

The Key Selection Criteria:

  1. Systems Engineering
  • Have a systems-thinking mindset, including experience of collaborating within multi-discipline teams to define and manage system requirements.
  1. Design Experience
  • Experience in delivering engineering design solutions (fluid systems design is desirable), including experience applying technical governance within a design process.
  • Have the ability to manage time to produce design documents to a high quality and at pace.
  1. Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Have the ability to take complex information, understand it and present it in an appropriate and compelling format, which includes formal communications to the appropriate stakeholders & audiences within and outside of your area of expertise.
  1. Problem Solving
  • Have the ability to identify risk or issues early and proactively resolve problems with minimal supervision.
  • Have a proactive, positive attitude, with the desire and ability to learn fast, challenge conventional thinking and make a difference.
  1. Safety Culture
  • Have the ability to model strong and positive safety behaviours and to instil it in others, including respectfully challenging others and taking the initiative to build a strong safety culture.

Qualifications & Training:

- Qualified to degree level or equivalent in engineering discipline.

- Chartered (or equivalent) or working towards chartership with a relevant professional body.

Pay and Benefits

We anticipate paying a salary of between £50,000 - £62,000 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.

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 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 obtaining BPSS Security clearance once successful.

  • 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 124266_1720622550
Date posted 11 July 2024
Sector Energy

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