Senior Systems Engineer

  • Job Reference: 00002256-1
  • Date Posted: 24 December 2019
  • Employer: Veolia Nuclear Solutions
  • Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Engineering & Technical, Manufacturing
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Veolia’s broad range of capabilities in the nuclear field have now been united within a new entity:Veolia Nuclear Solutions.

The business has operational centres in the UK, France, the USA, Canada and Japan and brings together a comprehensive range of technologies and services for facility restoration, decommissioning of plants, and the treatment of low-and intermediate-level radioactive waste, all nurtured by our nuclear experts and backed by thousands of Veolia staff worldwide.

Veolia Nuclear Solutions (UK) delivered the world’s first remote handling equipment to operate inside a nuclear fusion reactor.  The business is staffed by an amazing group of uniquely-skilled designers, engineers and integrators who are developing and delivering solutions for some of the industry’s most complex projects, including: Dounreay Shaft & Silo, Sellafield ponds (UK), ITER and CERN (Europe), and
Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 (Japan)

Away from robotics the business is delivering solutions utilising the Group’s technologies in separation and stabilisation (e.g. Geo-melt, a unique batch vitrification process) and developing solutions leveraging the wide capabilities of the Veolia Group.

VNS (UK) Systems Engineer

Veolia Nuclear Solutions (UK) is a recognised world leader in the area of remote handling for hostile environments and in support of continued strong growth seeks to enhance its core team by recruiting a Systems Engineer.

VNS (UK) recognises Systems Engineering as an interdisciplinary field covering the management of technical risks over the life-cycle of complex engineering projects.

From receipt of the initial user requirements, through system design, subsystem specification, manufacture, integration, performance testing, and delivery of a remote handling system, VNS (UK) draws on a range of Systems Engineering approaches.  These enhance communication and collaboration between the engineering disciplines, enabling the technical delivery team to manage risks efficiently and reach an optimal solution.

VNS (UK) Systems Engineers work to identify and reduce uncertainty throughout the project life-cycle, laying the foundations for improved confidence in costs and schedules.  Our Systems Engineers keep their teams aligned to the developing needs of the customer and provide a focal point for multidisciplinary technical discussions.  They support the VNS (UK) engineering specialists by managing the development of requirements and interfaces, analysing high-level functions, and providing a link to the customer.


In co-operation with the Head of Systems Engineering, the appointee will be expected to:

  • Integrate within teams working on projects at various stages of delivery
  • Identify and implement appropriate methods to manage technical risks
  • Help to develop VNS (UK) Systems Engineering approaches and techniques
  • Liaise closely with the Project Manager and the Project Technical Lead to help maintain clarity of purpose within the project
  • Communicate effectively and work independently

 Specific duties will include a combination of the following, depending on project requirements and previous skills and experience:

  • System functional analysis and system modelling
  • Requirements elicitation and clarification including technical query authoring
  • Requirements decomposition, analysis and management
  • High-level options identification and assessment
  • Interface development
  • Basis of Design preparation
  • Preparation of subcontract outline technical specifications
  • Verification and validation planning
  • Co-ordination of safety risk management
  • Verification against legislative requirements including CDM and CE Marking
  • Validation test preparation including FAT and commissioning procedures



  • Previous experience in a Systems Engineering role covering some or all of the specific duties listed above
  • A minimum of 5 years’ industrial experience delivering projects to customers
  • Honours degree or equivalent experience in an engineering discipline relevant to the design and manufacture of machinery
  • Sound knowledge of fundamental engineering concepts in that discipline
  • Experience of electro-mechanical systems and an understanding of the associated engineering disciplines
  • Direct experience in a customer facing role as part of a multidisciplinary team within a commercial environment
  • Experience in a highly-regulated industry
  • Proven ability to express technical matters clearly, both verbally and in writing
  • Proven ability to deliver and make presentations to large corporate clients.
  • An excellent working knowledge of English.


  • Experience in the nuclear industry
  • Experience in nuclear decommissioning
  • Direct experience in the design, development, or delivery of complex electro-mechanical systems for the nuclear, aerospace, marine or medical sectors
  • Experience in remote handling equipment
  • Familiarity with the requirements of the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations and other relevant legislation
  • Professional registration
  • Experience of Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect (SysML).

 Salary and Benefits

The position will be filled at Engineer or Senior Engineer career grade with a starting salary depending on skills and experience. 

You will be eligible to join the company Stakeholder pension scheme to which the company contributes a sum equivalent to 5% of the annual basic salary.  Other benefits include 26 days annual leave rising by 1 day per completed year of service up to a maximum of 31 plus 8 statutory Bank Holidays.  Three days of the leave are used to allow for a Christmas shutdown.  Bonus scheme, private annual health checks and professional fees are also part of the package.

Start Date

This position is based in our new HQ building located on Harwell Campus and is available immediately.