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Principal / Associate Geotechnical Engineer

Our Client is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, with over 20,000 employees worldwide. They offer more than just a job, they offer an opportunity to make a difference and shape the world to benefit future generations and the natural environment. As one of the UK’s leading geotechnical consultancies Our Client offers a comprehensive service in ground technology. With more than 280 UK based geotechnical professionals, their reputation is built on the skills, excellence and commitment of our people in all aspects of geotechnical engineering.



  • The successful applicant will be a Senior/Principal Geotechnical Engineer or Engineering Geologist with a proven technical and project management track record. The role will include the mentoring of junior staff and therefore good communication skills are essential.
  • The candidate will have a degree in civil engineering or geology with a post graduate qualification in a geotechnical subject and hold chartered status as either a civil engineer or geologist.
  • Candidates should have the right flare and ability that will help our client develop and expand their infrastructure geotechnics capability by building on the existing portfolio of their rapidly expanding, flexible and outward looking team that can tackle work across a broad spectrum of sectors.


Candidates should have:

  • Experience in either the infrastructure sector (highways, rail or water geotechnics) or the energy sector.
  • A strong academic background with a relevant degree (ideally MSc or equivalent)
  • Chartered status.
  • Proven experience of acting at Senior/Principal level in a fast-moving engineering consultancy environment.
  • Good project management skills – experience and understanding of the needs and approaches to the engineering consultancy and design markets, including relationships with clients, work planning and commercial management.
  • Proven geotechnical design experience.
  • Application of CDM Regulations in a design and ground investigation environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and technical skills and the ability to develop and lead geotechnical design teams.
  • Excellent communication skills and confidence to liaise with clients.
  • Good commercial track record in negotiating and running successful jobs.
  • Excellent report writing skills with the ability to self-check and produce accurate work.
  • A willingness to travel on short assignments both within the UK and overseas.
  • A valid UK driving licence preferred.


Flexible Working 

Our client recognises that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career, but who cannot commit to full time employment. they support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how they can accommodate individual requirements.  As part of this commitment, they understand the need for a diverse and flexible workforce, where a work-life balance is important. So, by default, our client offers flexible working, where there is no fixed 9 ‘till 5, no need for a 5-day week, no requirement for a full-time contract, and no requirement to spend all your working time in the office.


Their IT systems support homeworking, so where you have parental or carer duties; or you simply need to be elsewhere for a parcel, servicing your car, or waiting in for a tradesperson; Our client will work for you.  Similarly, our client provides the opportunity to give something back to the community, and they run professional networks supporting groups such as local schools, charities, parents, those coming out of the armed-forces and women in engineering.


Rewards and Benefits

Our client offers a competitive salary that is regularly tested against other consultants with a default 25-days leave each year, plus bank holidays and options to buy some or sell of that leave. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.


To support and safeguard your physical and mental wellbeing they provide an employee assistance programme offering advice and support in times of need.  Their offices run their own sports and social clubs providing a wide range of activities.  You will also have access to Flexible Benefits, where you can opt in to a wide range of benefits to complement your work/life balance: such as medical insurance, gym membership, the cycle-to-work scheme, child care vouchers, charitable giving, additional pension contributions etc.



Our client develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. These are reviewed with individuals through an annual development process. They support staff in achieving and maintaining membership of relevant institutions. You will also be part of their global Technical Networks, which provide a flow of technically orientated information and ideas through the company.


The learning and development experience in their Ground Engineering team is different to that at most other companies. Here they thoroughly recognise the importance of their people and they invest for the long term to provide them with the technical, commercial and managerial expertise they need throughout their career. Our clients staff continue to learn and develop irrespective of their position or experience.


Our clients investment includes their acclaimed technical conferences, regular presentations and discussion groups, field trips, bespoke training courses as well as active on the job mentoring. Fulfilling learning and development experiences include the opportunity for international assignments in a variety of countries.