It’s not every day that you can say that the work you do helps keep the UK safe, but that is just one of the unique benefits of securing a role within Rolls-Royce Submarines.
Founded in 1906, and quickly gaining a reputation for making the most famous cars and engines in the world, Rolls-Royce has evolved to a global provider of power to multiple customers across the world, and is now recognised as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of gas-turbine power systems for use on land, sea and in the air.
However, for over sixty years Rolls-Royce has been quietly designing, manufacturing and supporting in-service, the reactor plant that power the Royal Navy’s nuclear submarine fleet, while at the same time gaining a reputation as a provider of solutions for the civil nuclear industry.
Throughout this time, the company has been at the forefront of Britain’s nuclear power research and has played a key role in developing the country’s nuclear engineering capability. Because of the classified nature of most of this work, much has gone unreported, and though many residents of Derby will know of this association, very few in the country are fully aware of the Rolls-Royce nuclear power connection.
Since the late 1950’s, Rolls-Royce has designed, supplied and supported the nuclear plant that power and propel all of the UK Royal Navy's nuclear submarines. Rolls-Royce Submarines Ltd is responsible for delivering the Nuclear Steam Raising Plant (NSRP), plus parts of the secondary propulsion systems to the UK Ministry of Defence.
A workforce of over 3000, based primarily in Derby, also manage these assets across their full lifecycle. This includes providing frontline support across the world for Royal Navy submarine reactor plant equipment from the Company’s Operations Centre in Derby. They also support the submarines when in the Barrow-in-Furness shipyard and the naval bases at Devonport and Faslane.
The Submarines business has a new opportunity for a Mechanical Design Engine er to join the Design Engineering and Technology (DE&T) Delivery Business Unit in Derby. Within DE&T, this Engineer will join the Mechanical Engineering department, specifically to work in the Reactor Core & CRDMs (Control Rod Drive Mechanisms) department. This department is accountable for defining and safe-guarding the design intent and substantiation of the reactor core and CRDM components of the NSRP in the UK Royal Navy’s future and fleet submarines.
As a Mechanical Design Engineer within the Submarines DE&T area, you will be in an environment in which excellence is always paramount. Working in a constantly changing field, with continually evolving ideas, new materials and cutting-edge technologies, you’ll help us find solutions. This could mean reacting to problems that occur in service, improving the design of a product to make it easier to manufacture or assemble, working alongside our manufacturing engineers in the factories to resolve an in-manufacture problem or working alongside our external supply chain. In the process, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of how our nuclear products work and open up a wide range of opportunities for yourself at Rolls-Royce.
Producing optimal design solutions to address specified requirements. This includes developing specifications, drawings and supporting documentation at the right quality and within agreed timelines; ensuring that component definitions are correctly defined as per the Rolls-Royce processes to ensure components are both fit-for-purpose and can be manufactured.
Supporting the manufacturing of components, the resolution of manufacturing queries and defining, planning and reporting development. This includes releasing products for manufacture and assessing concession applications.
Collaborating and communicating with the supporting teams (e.g. materials, chemistry, stress, manufacturing, CAD, procurement), in order to develop solutions and advance projects in accordance with the programme. This includes appreciating and balancing divergent demands from different teams.
Managing design changes through established product change processes and all work in accordance with timescale, and quality targets.
Responding to Rolls-Royce Defect Analysis Reports and assessing Definition Alteration Requests.
Producing safety case documentation, creating arguments and marshalling evidence for continued safe operation of safety-critical systems on board nuclear submarines.
Being able to successfully interface with internal and external stakeholders, to ensure component requirements are thorough, agreed, and documented.
Qualifications and Experience:
Must be educated to Degree level or equivalent in a relevant engineering discipline, have a broad understanding of mechanical engineering principles.
Experience of component design and the design process.
Excellent time management skills and the ability to cope with multiple tasks at once, with the ability to work flexibly - both as an individual and within a team environment.
Good written and verbal communication skills with internal and external stakeholders to effectively manage people at all levels of the business, with basic IT skills including use of MS Office applications.
Experience in delivering pragmatic technically sound and cost-effective engineering solutions.
Enthusiastic in influencing key technical and process-based issues to a satisfactory resolution.
Experience of systems engineering and the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team comprising designers, analysts and manufacturing engineers.
We offer excellent development, a competitive salary and exceptional benefits. These include bonus, employee support assistance and employee discounts.
Pioneer the performance of the future. Join us and you’ll develop your skills and expertise to the very highest levels, working in an international environment for a company known the world over for brilliance and innovation.
We are an equal opportunities employer. We’re committed to developing a diverse workforce and an inclusive working environment. We believe that people from different backgrounds and cultures give us different perspectives. And the more perspectives we have, the more successful we’ll be. By building a culture of respect and appreciation, we give everyone who works here the opportunity to realise their full potential. You can learn more about our global Diversity and Inclusion strategy here .
So that you can be your best at work and home, we’ll consider flexible working arrangements for everyone, in any role.
To work for the Rolls-Royce Submarines Business an individual has to hold a minimum of an Security Check (SC) clearance without any caveats to that clearance. Rolls-Royce will support the application for Security Clearance if the individual does not currently already have this in place.
Due to the nature of work the Business conducts and the protection of certain assets a person has to be a UK national or in MoD approved cases a Dual National from a non ITAR country.
Closing date : 5th October 2021
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