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Test Lead – Facilities in Derby, Derbyshire


Derby, Derbyshire


£50000 - £60000 per annum + bonus, hybrid working, generous pension



Test Lead - Facilities

We anticipate offering a salary between £50,000 - £60,000

Derby - Hybrid/Flexible 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 Test Lead - Facilities, to be involved in an industry leading, cutting-edge project for a new type of power station.

Job Purpose:

The Development Engineering organisation is accountable for proving that the SMR power station design meets its objectives and requirements. This encompasses not just the domain of nuclear engineering, but the broader range of engineering functions necessary to deliver a major infrastructure project. The team's remit includes defining the Verification Strategy for the power station, and also executing any verification activities that involve testing - and these range from laboratory-type tests through to highly complex system-level rig tests in some world-leading facilities.

We now have an opportunity for a Test Lead to lead an element our test facilities strategy. Initially focused on delivering a facility for our Control Room Demonstrator, the role will also capture and manage requirements from multiple stakeholders for future development facilities and manage their deployment.

Key Results & What Can Be Achieved in The Role:

Reporting to the Testing Manager, the Test Lead will lead one or more strands of our Development Test Facilities strategy. The teams scope currently includes a facility to host a demonstrator control room, and requirements scoping for a facility which will incorporate our control room simulator.

  • They will define and manage requirements based on inputs from Engineering, Verification, Property, Manufacturing, Regulatory Affairs, Business Development, Finance, etc.
  • They will integrate and own the plan to ensure delivery to cost, quality and schedule.
  • They will build and lead a cross-functional project team.
  • They will ensure risks and lessons learnt are managed throughout.
  • They will work with the supply chain team to establish and maintain relationships with external partners for the execution of their test and will act as the primary intelligent customer during this relationship.
  • They will drive delivery through the entire test lifecycle and demonstrate maturity at governance reviews.
  • They will drive for continuous improvement within their team.
  • Indirect reports through leading an integrated project team.
  • Budget likely to be several million pounds annually.

The Key Selection Criteria:

Test Development

  1. Experience in the execution of test programmes to ensure they generate the required verification or validation evidence, including as applicable through scaled tests or sub-element testing. Experience in building and leading cross functional teams who deliver.

Test Facility Management

  1. Knowledge and experience of test facilities for instrumentation and control or process systems.

Presenting Information to stakeholders

  1. Experience in taking information, understanding, and presenting it in an appropriate and compelling format, which includes formal communications such as gate reviews to the appropriate stakeholders.

Problem solving

  1. Ability to identify risk or issues early and proactively resolve them with minimal supervision.

Project Management

  1. Experience in building and leading cross functional project teams. Ability to develop and maintain robust plans and budget. Drive for delivery to committed time and cost.

Qualifications & Training:

  • Previous experience in facilities management or facility improvements.
  • Structured approach to developing requirements and working through a governance processes.
  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent in relevant discipline.
  • Be professionally recognised through an appropriate professional body or be working towards it.

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

We anticipate paying a salary of between £50,000 - £60,000 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 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 122973_1710333264
Date posted 13 March 2024

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