Senior Materials Engineer - Horizon Nuclear Power

Job description

We are combining the best of UK and global strengths: tried and tested technology; excellent sites and expert people. This is a unique opportunity to be involved in the complex challenge of delivering a sustainable energy future, and one of the largest civil infrastructure projects that the UK has seen.

We now have a vacancy for a Senior Materials Engineer to support the Lead Structural Integrity Engineer in providing adequate control, oversight and responsibility for review and acceptance of the UK ABWR.

The successful candidate will support the Structural Integrity team and deliver authoritative advice in materials selection, manufacturing and testing of nuclear power plant systems, structures and components. They will provide support in defining safety and environmental functional requirements and provide support to the GDA led by HGNE. They will support the Design Authority Intelligent Customer function for Structural Integrity.

We are keen to speak to talented individuals about this great opportunity to undertake a key role in Horizon’s Design Authority in defining and maintaining the design intent of the UK ABWR. 

Role Profile:

The successful candidate will have a strong technical background and demonstrate knowledge of some or all of the following-

  • Ferrous and nickel alloy metallurgy.
  • Degradation mechanisms active in BWR power plant, particularly stress corrosion cracking, irradiation embrittlement and fatigue.
  • Large component manufacture, particularly the casting and forging of low alloy/carbon steels.
  • Mechanical property & Fracture toughness testing and material characterisation.
  • Fabrication and welding. 
  • Deliver authoritative advice in technical areas associated with materials, manufacturing, fabrication and materials testing.
  • Provide support to the Intelligent Customer for structural integrity within Horizon’s Design Authority.


  • You will be a Chartered Engineer or Scientist of a relevant Institution (e.g. IOM3 or The Welding Institute) or be working to achieve this. Postgraduate qualification in specialist areas such as welding or corrosion would be of benefit.
  • A track record of success and achievement demonstrated within relevant roles. 
  • Ideally they will have previous experience in the review and acceptance of nuclear reactor designs and working in a highly regulated industry, however, applicants from other industries are welcomed.
  • Hold a degree or equivalent qualification in a suitable engineering or science subject.
  • Have Chartered Engineer or Scientist status or have the qualifications and experience to achieve that status.
  • Demonstrate considerable relevant technical knowledge and understanding.
  • Previous experience of the review and acceptance / adoption of relevant design documentation in support of safety case claims in a high hazard industry.
  • Experience of interfacing with stakeholders on design issues related to structural integrity aspects of process plant to achieve agreed business outcomes.
  • Previous experience within the nuclear sector and knowledge of international and UK nuclear requirements, and associated codes and standards would be desirable.
  • Ability to produce reports and develop procedures and instructions in a clear and concise manner.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to recognise and balance the needs of multiple stakeholders.
  • Drive, commitment and enthusiasm, particularly for the development of nuclear power in the UK.
  • Ability to operate in accordance with Horizon company values: Safety, Courage, Integrity, Collaboration and Inspiration.
  • Mobility and commitment to undertake business travel both within the UK and overseas as required.

The role will be based at our head office in Gloucester and will require some travel within the UK and overseas. 




Recruiter information

Horizon Nuclear Power is building real momentum on its journey to delivering a leading UK nuclear utility company, developing and constructing new nuclear power stations at Wylfa on Anglesey and Oldbury on Severn in South Gloucestershire. We will deliver affordable, low carbon energy for present and future generations, with the first unit operating in the mid 2020’s. And this is just the start of our journey.

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The closing date for all applications is Wednesday 23rd August 2017