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Severe Accident Analysis Lead

Make a difference with a world class company

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Severe Accident Analysis Lead to work for Rolls-Royce SMR in Derby or Warrington on projects that will contribute to the global reduction of carbon emissions. This is a unique opportunity to be involved in the design project for a new nuclear power station and the establishment of a world class testing capability. Blueprint Recruitment, working with Rolls-Royce SMR and Morson RPO, is looking for a talented and ambitious engineer to join Rolls-Royce SMR’s innovative and dynamic team.

About the Company:

Rolls-Royce SMR is a new business, specifically created to design, construct and deliver a new fleet of Small Modular Reactor power plants that will contribute to Net Zero carbon emissions globally. Created through Rolls-Royce’s passion for engineering excellence and with world class investment, this is an exciting new business which expects to become a leading player in the future of energy.

About the Role:

Reporting to the Reactor Systems Design Manager, the Severe Accident Analysis Lead will be responsible for both technical and programme delivery of the severe accident performance analysis which verifies the reactor plant design and informs the Probabilistic Safety Assessments.

The role will involve working with the design, performance and safety teams to understand the technical nature of the nuclear reactor plant design as well as producing containment and consequence analyses to characterise system performance and ultimately verify the performance and safety of the final design. 

The Severe Accident Analysis Lead will deliver a strategy that supports design development as well as completion of the Generic Design Assessment regulatory process.  Working in a small team of engineers, they will develop validated analysis methods using industry standard codes (including MAAP, GOTHIC and PACE), create representative models of the reactor plant design and assess plant transient response during complex accident scenarios.

About You:

You will be a Chartered Engineer (or similar) and will have a degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline. You will also have:

  • Knowledge of Pressurised Water Reactor technology.
  • A solid understanding of the principles of nuclear safety.

  • Experience in the development of Severe Accident Management Guidelines.

  • Experience on accident progression phenomena modelling using tools such as MAAP or MELCOR.

  • Experience of Level 3 PSA techniques and software, such as PC COSYMA, PACE, ADMS or similar.

  • Experience in delivering and leading analysis programmes in support of design development from initial concept through to detailed design.

  • Planning and organising skills to manage programme activities and deliverables.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • A good understanding of Safety and UK Regulatory Affairs.

Key Responsibilities of the Role will be:

  • Work with the design and safety teams to understand the technical nature of the reactor plant as well as the evidence required to inform technical decision making to verify plant performance.
  • Apply technical expertise to direct the severe accident analysis programme, including definition of the analysis basis and technical supervision to supporting analysts.

  • Develop and deliver the severe accident analysis programme, including definition of the analysis basis and technical supervision to supporting analysts.

  • Prioritise analysis team activities to ensure on time delivery, cost and quality for all project deliverables.

  • Define and manage requirement traceability from design through to analysis, models and method validation.

  • Coach and mentor the engineers within the team.

  • Ensure appropriate quality is achieved in all aspects of the analysis programme. 

  • Act as technical authority for severe accident analysis both internal and external to the company. 

  • Understand and articulate technical and programme risks, managing them as appropriate with the SAA lead.

Benefits and Work Conditions:

  • 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 can be either 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.

  • Rolls-Royce SMR are an equal opportunities employer.

For further information on this opportunity, please contact Molly Brown on 02392 603030 or email

Alternatively, please apply directly using the “Apply” option below.