Associate Geotechnical Engineer

East Midlands
Industry Sector:
Geotechnical Jobs
Job Category:
Geotechnical Engineer
Job Type:
Education Level:
Masters degree
Salary Description:
Competitive Salary Offered
Start Date:
AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited
Job Ref:

Our Ground Engineering team in Chesterfield, Derbyshire requires an Associate Geotechnical Engineer with extensive experience of providing geotechnical input to infrastructure projects. The role is predominantly in connection with Highways and Rail projects but will also involve work in other sectors include nuclear, buildings, water, tunnelling, waste and land remediation.

Chesterfield, the gateway to the Peak District National Park, is famous for its crooked spire, its 800 year old market and its proximity to Chatsworth House. It’s a great place to live and work with good road and rail access to local cities and towns including Sheffield, Derby and Nottingham.

Our geotechnical team comprises around 35 staff within a large multi-disciplinary office of around 300 staff.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the industry with a proven track record in the successful technical delivery of projects and will be fully conversant with the standards that apply throughout the industry. 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. We are looking to enhance and grow with individuals with a sound technical background in geotechnical design that share our enthusiasm and determination.

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:

  • Design of the central section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel

  • Foundation and tunnelling design for Stockholm Bypass

  • Lead Designer for Lyme Regis Environmental Improvements Phase IV

Job Responsibilities:

  • The appointed individual will play a key supporting role to our Technical Director, giving senior technical oversight of 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.

  • The role will involve design and reporting of geotechnical works including slope stability, foundations, retaining structures, earthworks and ground improvement, and will require experience in soil/structure interaction and numerical modelling using finite element analysis.

Minimum Requirements

  • A Geotechnical Engineer with proven track record in geotechnical design for complex new build infrastructure and in particular for UK major highways

  • 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

  • Experience of finite element analysis using Plaxis and other geotechnical software including WALLAP and SlopeW

  • Good knowledge of soil and rock parameter selection, design of foundations to EC7, retaining wall design and settlement analysis

  • In depth knowledge of a wide variety of UK ground conditions but particularly those of Central and Northern England

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

  • 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, although individuals with an Engineering Geology or similar background will be considered.

  • MSc in Geotechnical Engineering, Engineering Geology or similar.

  • Chartered Engineer with ICE, IOM3 or equivalent.

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