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Henry Gunn - Jobs

Senior Geotechnical Engineer

South West England, United Kingdom

Type of contract - Permanent

Specialism - Geotechnical


Region - Bath

Our clients Ground Engineering group is involved in a wide variety of challenging and exciting projects. Current workload includes major UK underground tunnelling projects, a 500 metre supertall in the Middle East, major masterplanning projects in Saudi Arabia, a large-scale redevelopment in West London, and sports stadiums in the UK and worldwide. The team has a truly global reach traditionally delivering projects across the UK and Middle East, but also pioneering or leading growth regions in countries such as India and China. 

They are currently recruiting for a Senior Geotechnical Engineer in their Bath office to provide high level technical/design engineering service to the Group acting as Job or Project Leader on projects as required. 

This is an opportunity to be part of a dynamic and growing team and to manage the ground engineering elements of large complex jobs, including tall building foundation design and deep basement design in the UK and overseas. Demands are high, but in return we offer a collaborative, creative and professional working environment with rewarding career opportunities in a practice setting new standards. The Bath team works with major clients and world-class project teams on a wide variety of high profile buildings, environment and infrastructure projects in the UK and overseas. 

A Senior Engineer must be able to deliver to the agreed very high technical standards. Very numerate with a highly developed problem solving ability supported by strong communication skills. 


• Act as Job or Project Leader. 
• Be a competent geotechnical designer of foundations, retaining structures, basements and earthworks. 
• Work with UK and potentially overseas ground investigation technologies. 
• Some overseas travel may be required as part of the role. 
• Work competently on an independent basis. 
• Prepare technical and financial proposals for new work. 
• Manage workload of Project Discipline Engineers, Graduates and Technicians (including verification of quality). Review the work of junior colleges as appropriate; 
• Prepare and take responsibility for concept to detailed engineering solutions. 
• Have an appreciation of geo-environmental issues. 
• Be able to deliver a portfolio of ground engineering projects at any time. 
• Prepare Technical Specifications. 
• Set up and manage job/project administrative systems, including planning and monitoring job resourcing/expenditure (adjusting these as necessary). 
• Ensure senior staff are kept informed of important and relevant service/design decisions and the objectives of the client are achieved. 
• Plan and manage CAD documentation of design work. 
• Represent at meetings with the client, other professionals and suppliers. 
• Ensure service and project work are carried out within agreed deadlines and within budget. 
• Coordinating his/her work with other members of the project team. 
• Ensuring all relevant staff are informed of client matters. 
• Continually ensuring that practices, policies, strategy and services represent the client’s and their best interests and that company policy is in keeping with current legislation, British Standards and Codes of Practice etc. 
• Be committed to on-going CPD as part of Chartership requirements. 
• Mentor and assist Graduate Engineers and Engineer grade staff. 

The post holder must at all times carry out his/ her duties with due regard to our clients Policy. 

Essential Experience 

• Strong foundation, basement, earthworks and ground treatment design skills. 
• Significant relevant experience of designing geotechnical solutions within a consulting engineering environment on a range of buildings and civil engineering projects. 
• Working knowledge of SLOPE, Plaxis 2D (and ideally Plaxis 3D) and WALLOP design packages. 
• A good understanding of ground investigation techniques and its importance to deriving appropriate design parameters. 
• High standard of interpretative report writing skills. 
• Have achieved Chartered Engineer or Chartered Geologist status. 
• Ability to accept a high degree of responsibility in a team-based organisation, combined with ability to work independently. 
• Experience of using Excel (a detailed understanding including the use of macros). 
• The applicant will need to have strong interpersonal and organisational skills. 
• Ability to propose multiple solutions to Clients and objectively summarise the benefits and shortfalls of each. 
• The ability to plan and deliver projects whilst working in a team or under minimal supervision is essential. 

Desirable Experience 
• Ideally, the candidate will have experience of working on a variety of challenging domestic and overseas projects. 
• Be able to demonstrate a commitment to CPD and self-learning / development. 


• First degree in Civil Engineering or similar related Engineering qualification. 
• Chartered Engineer or Chartered Geologist. 

• An MSc in Geotechnical Engineering, Soil Mechanics, Foundation Engineering or a similar subject. 

Additional attributes: 

• Mobility to travel and spend periods abroad where projects necessitate.


For more information please contact:
Chris Hoskin - 07947884558

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