Principal Geotechnical Engineer

Industry Sector:
Environmental Jobs
Job Category:
Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering
Job Type:
Education Level:
Bachelors degree
Salary Description:
Start Date:
AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited
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We are recruiting for a Principal Geotechnical Engineer to join our well established and growing South Wales regional office in Cardiff.

The position presents an exciting opportunity to contribute to the success of our 190 strong national Ground Engineering team, to work with and support colleagues from a variety of engineering and environmental disciplines and specifically to assist in the growth of our Ground Engineering team and services in South Wales.

The successful candidate will be fully conversant with UK government highways design standards and procedures, and will have extensive geotechnical consultancy experience, in particular strong capability in geotechnical studies, investigation and design for highway earthworks, bridge foundations, retaining structures and strengthened earthworks.

We are looking for an ambitious team player who wishes to assist in the development of innovative, cost effective and buildable solutions in an environment that is collaborative, stimulating and demanding.

The office is currently engaged on a number of interesting and challenging projects in Wales, as well as supporting projects in other regional offices. Our client list includes Welsh Government, South Wales Trunk Road Agency, South West Wales Regional Engineering Framework, Cardiff Council, Vale of Glamorgan Council, Pembrokeshire Council and other national clients.

Nationally our Ground Engineering team provides one-stop access to services ranging from project management, feasibility studies, detailed design, contract administration and construction supervision for geotechnical works. We work for leading UK clients including Highways England, Network Rail, Homes England, BP, Shell, Thames Water, Environment Agency and numerous Local Authorities, as well as leading contractors and developers and overseas clients.

We have an impressive portfolio of major national and international infrastructure projects. A selection of our current and recent projects includes:

  • Detailed earthworks design and ground modelling for Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station, Earthworks and Preliminary Works Contract,

  • Design of the central section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel,

  • Highways England Technical Partner Role for A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down Improvements Scheme (includes tunnel at Stonehenge),

  • Highway schemes including Mersey Gateway Project,

  • Smart motorway schemes on M62 and M6,

  • Earthworks and Slope Remediation Schemes for Network Rail and maintenance contractors,

  • Multi-million pound regeneration of Brent Cross, including highway, local waterway and bridge design,

  • Foundation and tunnelling design for Stockholm Bypass,

  • Lead Designer for Lyme Regis Environmental Improvements Phase IV

Job Duties:

Job duties and key attributes:

  • Provide specialist technical support to both internal and external clients to a high level of technical quality and to programme and budget.

  • Undertake the design and reporting of a wide variety of geotechnical works including slope stability, foundations, retaining structures, tunnels, earthworks and ground improvement, and investigation and treatment of mine workings.

  • Supervise and manage ground investigations and ground related construction works.

  • Must have strong behavioural competencies with respect to client care, collaborative working, responsibility, accuracy and quality of work.

  • Work on a day to day basis with a high degree of independence, prioritizing and delivering tasks as required.

  • Provide fee estimates and manage fees and expenditure for tasks.

  • Play a key role in developing our services and work-streams locally.

Minimum Requirements

Specific Skills Required :

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  • A well experienced Geotechnical Engineer with proven track record in studies, investigations and geotechnical design, in particular for new build transportation infrastructure.

  • Possess strong problem solving and inter-personal skills.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; the ability to write clear and concise technical reports is essential.

  • Potential and desire to progress to a more senior position.

  • In depth knowledge and experience of relevant Eurocodes and UK standards and specifications, in particular those of Highways England (notably HD22).

  • Ensures that Health and Safety issues are addressed throughout the life of a project.

  • In depth hands on experience of routinely used geotechnical software including WALLAP and SlopeW.

  • In depth knowledge of a wide variety of UK ground conditions and of soil and rock design parameter selection; local knowledge and experience is advantageous.

  • Valid UK driving licence is essential. Willing to travel to other offices and sites within the UK.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A degree in Civil Engineering and a relevant post graduate qualification in Geotechnical Engineering are preferred, although Engineering Geologists with appropriate design skills will be considered.

Your benefits will include:

Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore flexible working arrangements. Core benefits include 25 days’ annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can also choose from a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

You’ll also be able to give back to communities with up to two paid CSR days each year. Through our charity, The AECOM Foundation, you can volunteer to support children in developing countries. And if you’re a member of the Reserve Forces you’ll receive an additional 15 days paid leave for training commitments.

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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