Principal Engineering Geologist

South East
Industry Sector:
Environmental Jobs, Environment Jobs
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Education Level:
Bachelors degree
Salary Description:
Competitive Salary Offered
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AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited
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Our Ground Engineering (GE) team in Basingstoke is seeking a Principal Engineering Geologist experienced in providing specialist input to a range of civil engineering projects such as highways, railways, residential and commercial developments, harbours, coastal stability, infrastructure and flood defences.

To be successful the candidate will be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the industry with a proven track record in the delivery of technical projects and be fully conversant with the standards that apply throughout the industry. We are looking for an ambitious team player with the technical skills, knowledge and experience to take responsibility for technical quality, budget control of projects and provide leadership to junior staff. The position will suit a person who can lead the geological input to projects from desk study/feasibility through ground investigation to final design.


AECOM GE has an impressive recent portfolio of major national and international infrastructure projects including:

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

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

  • Design of the central section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel

  • Detailed design of the Phase IV coastal stabilisation works at Lyme Regis.

  • Design reviews/feasibility studies for new LNG port facilities in Ghana and Brazil.

  • Desk studies and ground investigation for Heathrow Terminal 2 Baggage Handling Facilities.

Job Duties:

  • Ensuring collaborative working within a multi-disciplinary design team, to ensure work packages are delivered on time and within budget

  • Arranging and reviewing the results of desk studies and walkover surveys.

  • Leading a team that scopes, specifies, supervises and reports on Ground investigations in accordance with EC-7 and BSEN 5930.

  • Inputting to Geotechnical design of slopes and earthworks design as well as shallow and piled foundations and retaining walls. Where appropriate you will contribute to or oversee production of Geotechnical Design Reports to EC-7.

  • Providing technical guidance and mentoring to junior staff.

  • Carrying out regular design reviews in accordance with the company Quality Management System

Minimum Requirements

  • As a Principal Engineering Geologist you will have relevant experience which has provided you with a wide range of engineering geological/geotechnical knowledge and skills.

  • You will have a working knowledge of UK geology, engineering geology and ground investigation practice.

  • You will be able to describe soils and rocks, appreciate geomorphological features, record your findings and write clear and concise reports.

  • You will be familiar with software such as SlopeW, gINT/Holebase and the Rocscience suite and be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel. Knowledge of CAD and geotechnical software such as the Oasys suite and Geo5 and WALLAP would be an advantage.

  • You will be familiar with the UK Specification for Ground Investigation, the ICC Conditions of Contract and standards including BS5930 and BS1377 and be able to prepare specifications and contract documents.

  • You should be willing to travel within the UK and overseas for limited periods.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A BSc, MSci or MSc in earth sciences focusing on geology and engineering geology is essential.

  • Chartered with the Geological Society of London or equivalent is essential.

  • Qualifications that include geotechnical engineering, hydrogeology or other related subjects would be an advantage.

  • A PhD in an appropriate subject would be an advantage.

As an employer of choice, we are more than happy to explore flexible working arrangements for this vacancy.

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