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Southern Company Reactor Engineer, Lead - Corporate in Birmingham, Alabama

Reactor Engineer, Lead - Corporate


Fleet Reactor Engineering, Lead Engineer

Southern Nuclear Operating Company's corporate Nuclear Fuel and Analysis Department provides support and performance in the nuclear fuel, safety analysis, and reactor engineering functional area for the Southern Nuclear Fleet. We are seeking an individual capable of providing technical and programmatic leadership for driving and executing strategic initiatives at a fleet level for reactor engineering performance. The position is based out of the Southern Nuclear Energy Center Corporate Office in Birmingham, AL. It will require approximately 50% travel supporting Plant Farley, Hatch, or Vogtle.

This position will be filled with a recognized leader and authority in reactor engineering and nuclear fuel engineering specializations. The individual will be responsible for driving for results and providing technical leadership for activities related to reactivity management plans, core monitoring and predictions, fresh and irradiated fuel management, and reactor engineering governance. This position will serve as an extension of the functional area leadership for reactor engineering. As a result, the individual must be capable of leading others within a matrix management infrastructure that supports the Southern Nuclear GOSP management model. This position is responsible for ensuring fleet counterparts in reactor engineering perform in a manner commensurate with industry excellence. The individual will formulate strategic decisions and recommendations that impact the nuclear fuel and reactor engineering functional area. The individual must demonstrate creativity, foresight, and engineering judgement as they anticipate and solve challenging engineering problems and develop standards for the functional area with a high degree of autonomy.

Additionally, this position will be called upon to provide coaching and mentoring to less experienced personnel within Nuclear Fuel and Analysis / Reactor Engineering. This position will be required to augment Nuclear Fuel and Analysis / Reactor Engineering perform functions (e.g. fuel manufacturing oversight, fuel design changes, operating domain evaluations, etc.) at the request of the Nuclear Fuel and Analysis leadership team. This role will be required to travel and support fleet refueling outages to augment reactor engineering and provide supplemental leadership. This position may be required to support the fleet Emergency Response Organization. This requires personnel to live within one hour of the SNC ERO facility for emergency response availability.

The position will be filled at an exempt level 7.


Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited college OR Professional Engineer (P.E.) license/certification required.

  • Advanced degree, P.E. and other specialty certifications is preferred

  • Degree(s) in Nuclear Engineering is preferred, but not required.

Experience Requirements:

  • Qualified Reactor Engineer (QRE) is highly desired

  • Recognized expertise of core monitoring and core predictor software and other applicable codes, standards, and regulatory requirements related to reactor engineering.

  • Recognized expertise in nuclear fuel related FSAR and Technical Specifications and site procedures to perform fuel related operation support.

  • Recognized expertise in industry experience in the operation of nuclear fuel, problems which have occurred, trends in new fuel/core designs, fuel cycle designs, operating strategies, and new fuel products.

  • Candidates must meet minimum ANSI/ANS 3.1 1981 standards requirements for reactor engineering; any equivalencies are evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with ANSI requirements. In addition, at least 8 years of nuclear fuel or reactor engineering experience. (10 years is preferred; reactor engineering experience is preferred

  • Proficiency with Southern Nuclear fleet reactor technologies including fuel/core design and operating/maneuvering strategies (AP1000, PWRWR, or BWR) is desired.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities expected:

  • Ability to provide effective technical and project leadership to fleet peers who are outside of reporting structure.

  • Mustexhibitanexceptionaldegreeoftechnicalexpertise,creativity,andresourcefulness.

  • Ability to provide technical direction to other engineers and serve as mentor

  • Demonstrated performance inplanningandcoordinatingprojectsthat dealwithuniqueorcontroversialproblems.

  • Demonstrated aptitude for setting and communicating strategic direction; providing leadership/ direction for a broad functional area; balancing tactical with strategic objectives.

  • Understanding of the other functional areas and interfaces between the various fleet organizations.

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills. Comfortable providing and presenting information to all levels of the organization.

  • Proven organizational skills with ability to balance multiple tasks simultaneously.

  • Ability to make sound decisions under pressure in difficult situations.

  • Willing to challenge the status quo.

  • Foresight of problems.

  • Self-initiative.

  • Ability to hold others accountable and reinforce standards and expectations.

  • Strategic thinking, leadership of self and/or teams, and initiative.

  • Ability to adapt to changing demands and priorities.

  • Ability to use good judgment to make sound engineering and business decisions;

  • Ability to build, influence and sustain relationships.

  • Ability to be a team player with emphasis on team contribution.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in autonomous use of engineering judgement and decision making.

  • Self-starter capable of performing tasks with little supervision or oversight.

  • Ability to drive change.

  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft office products, specifically WORD, EXCEL and POWERPOINT

Behavioral Attributes:

  • Role model for Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, and Total Commitment

  • Honesty, respect, fairness and integrity drive behaviors.

  • Keeps promises and has ethical behavior as a standard.

  • Dedicated to superior performance and sets high expectations.

  • Committed to success of employees, customers and shareholders.

  • Self-directed with strong initiative.

  • Results oriented and customer focused.

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.


Job Field: Engineering

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Operating Company: Southern Nuclear Operating Co

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 50 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

The Energy Center - 3535 Colonnade Parkway (3535Birmingham)

3535 Colonnade Parkway

Birmingham, 35243

Req ID: SNC2006475

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