Project Lead Engineer, Civils/ Structures




Years of experience

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newcleo is a clean and safe nuclear technology company. Privately funded and headquartered in London, UK, newcleo was launched in 2021 to be a disruptor in the field of nuclear energy. Its mission is to generate safe, clean, economic and inexhaustible energy for the world, through a radically innovative combination of existing, accessible technologies.

newcleo is building the next generation system with the goals to:

  1. eliminate the need for geological repositories by using a fast neutron flux avoiding the production of long life radioactive elements;
  2. accelerate the development of new fuel cycles, including MOX (Mixed Pu-U Oxides) and eventually thorium, that provide clean, safe and inexhaustible energy from nuclei and the opportunity to burn the long-lived nuclear waste produced by the old generation of nuclear reactors;
  3. ultimately develop an Accelerator Driven System (ADS), based on the intrinsically safe coupling of a particle accelerator and a sub-critical reactor.

With visionary co-founders, newcleo brings together an international team of senior engineers with deep knowledge of nuclear energy and new recruits with a fresh mindset, working to develop designs based on innovative Lead-cooled Fast Reactors (LFRs). These LFRs will meet the commercial demand for small terrestrial waste-to-energy reactors.

In the UK, newcleo’s immediate focus is on delivering a prototype 30MWe LFR by 2030 followed by an initial battery of 4-6 x 200MWe reactors with deployment in the early 2030s. We are building our team to meet this challenging and exciting objective.

newcleo wants to be the first step toward the evolution of its industry to become fully respectful of people and the environment. To develop a new, sustainable, and completely safe way of generating nuclear energy that will lead humanity to zero emissions, and to the mitigation of global warming.

Reports to:

Technical Project Manager, UK Operations

Job Description

This role will assume responsibility for the management and technical delivery of the civil and structural aspects of newcleo’s UK projects, initially focussing on the 30MWe prototype. You will work as part of a small technical project management team to initiate, coordinate and oversee the full project lifecycle from initial feasibility and concept design through to as-built drawings, acting as Intelligent Customer in close collaboration with the Design Authority. In the early stages, you will help to build the overall plan, shape the site specific design working closely with our expert designers and engineers at our R&D centre in Turin, develop an overall set of requirements and put in place the necessary contract arrangements with suppliers (including newcleo s.r.l.) for the basic and detailed design and subsequently any material supply and construction contracts. You will work closely with newcleo colleagues and key stakeholders to ensure the design is safe, affordable, consentable and meets all UK regulatory requirements.

Main Responsibilities

  • Project manage the civil and structural engineering and technical integration aspects of newcleo’s UK nuclear new build projects, starting with a 30MWe prototype, in line with newcleo’s responsibilities as a prospective nuclear site license holder and intelligent customer duties and working in close collaboration with colleagues across newcleo both in the UK and overseas.
  • Lead for civil/ structural aspects of site feasibility studies, including in particular any ground investigations and geotechnical studies, ensuring relevant engineering and project development issues are identified and progressively resolved.
  • Support the preparation of an integrated plan for the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the UK projects, ensuring interfaces and key milestones are clearly identified and defined, work is broken down into unique work packages and resources are clearly identified.
  • Identify the contract technical requirements re: civil/ structural engineering, working closely with the Design Authority and broader newcleo team.
  • Manage, influence, record and report progress of design and engineering work, ensuring that the UK regulatory requirements and expectations are met, contractual duties and obligations are fulfilled including any specified technical requirements.
  • Provide support to the safety case team in ensuring that design information and evidence is available when needed to meet the safety case schedule and that any regulatory issues are quickly addressed and resolved with the designers.
  • Work closely with commercial managers to ensure robust contract and supply chain management from the outset balance delivery, value for money and commercial risks.
  • Apply best practices in project management in line with newcleo processes and procedures, and ensure projects are delivered to time, cost, quality and without compromise to achieving world class safety, security and environmental outcomes.

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrable success in similar lead civil/ structural technical/ engineering project management role delivering complex UK power plant capital investment/ new build with project values in excess of £250M. Ideally in nuclear, although other power backgrounds considered.
  • Whole life-cycle experience is essential.
  • Extensive subject specific knowledge of power plant design, UK codes, standards, regulations and operational requirements.
  • Strong project and contract management skills.
  • High levels of motivation and commitment; Attention to detail.
  • Builds strong collaborative relationships with colleagues whist providing strong constructive challenge.
  • Masters degree in a civil/ structural engineering subject.

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