Associate Geotechnical Engineer

West Midlands
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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AECOM's Ground Engineering team in Birmingham requires an Associate Geotechnical Engineer to play a key role in project and team leadership and technical direction. The position presents an exciting opportunity to closely support our Technical Director in managing and developing our team, encompassing technical delivery, team growth, work winning and further development of our work streams.

The team currently comprises 18 staff within a major hub office of over 300 staff working on regional, national and international infrastructure projects predominantly within the Water, Highways, Rail, Property, Power and Environment sectors.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the industry, with a proven track record and fully conversant with UK design standards. We are looking for an ambitious team player with strong technical skills who wishes to assist in the development of innovative, cost effective and buildable solutions in an environment that is collaborative, stimulating and demanding.

Nationally our Ground Engineering team comprises around 190 staff and provides one-stop access to a variety of services ranging from project management, feasibility studies, detailed design and construction. Our clients are from the private and public sector and our key clients include 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 and the A1 Leeming Bar to Barton upgrade to 3 lane motorway

  • 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:

  • The appointed individual will play a key supporting role to our Technical Director, involved in day to day team oversight and direction, giving strong management and technical input to our projects, working closely with colleagues in our national Ground Engineering and Tunnelling groups and a key technical and project delivery interface with our clients. The individual will serve both internal and external clients to a high level of technical quality and to programme and budget, and must have strong behavioural competencies with respect to client care, collaborative working, H&S management, accuracy and quality of work and independent decision making.

  • Management of fee bids and proposals and contractual negotiations with clients.

  • Management of 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.

Additional Comments:

  • Chartered Engineer status

Minimum Requirements

  • A very experienced Geotechnical Engineer with proven track record in geotechnical studies and design for complex new build infrastructure, management of design teams and management of projects for contractors, developers and other private clients.

  • Leadership of design delivery and ground related risks in a design and build environment would be very advantageous.

  • Possess strong problem solving and inter-personal skills.

  • Works closely and collaboratively with colleagues, client and delivery partners.

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

  • In depth experience of routinely used geotechnical design software.

  • Knowledge of a wide variety of UK ground conditions but particularly those of Central England and Wales.

  • In depth knowledge and experience of relevant Eurocodes and UK standards and specifications, in particular those of Network Rail and Highways England.

  • A working knowledge of geo-environmental studies and investigations and associated legislation would be advantageous.

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • A first degree in Civil Engineering or Engineering Geology.

  • MSc in Geotechnical Engineering, Engineering Geology or similar.

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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