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Principal Geo-Environmental Consultant

Principal Geo-environmental Consultant

We currently have an exciting opportunity for you to join a professional geo-environmental team in Southampton. You will get involved with a wide variety of geo-environmental and geotechnical projects including investigations in relation to commercial and residential development, energy infrastructure, logistics and healthcare for sites across the south coast.

Our client is a UK-based, market-leading ground assessment, consultancy comprising expertise in contaminated land, risk assessment geotechnics, geophysics, topographic surveys and ground source heating and cooling. Throughout 30 years of operations, our client has enabled their clients to realise opportunities and manage the potential liabilities associated with acquiring, owning, operating and developing land. some of the clients they work with come from the public and private sectors, including many of the UK’s leading property developers, renewable energy providers, major and local house builders, utility providers, petroleum companies, main contractors, local authorities and other government organisations.

The group is growing fast thanks to its diverse operations, entrepreneurial spirit and open management style. When you join our client, you are connecting to a growing community of experts and specialists who regularly collaborate to deliver projects and support each other across business units. Retaining staff is the building block of a successful organisation and to ensure you maintain a healthy work life balance, with many opportunities for flexible working hours, locality flexibility, social activities, and community involvement projects.

What you can expect in this position

As a Principal Consultant you will be expected to support in the delivery of geo-environmental and geotechnical projects and will therefore be able to demonstrate strong technical, commercial and project management capabilities. It is expected that employees working at this grade will have a keen project finance awareness, be client facing, self-motivated, exhibit a proactive approach, and work well within a team environment.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Supporting junior staff undertaking geo-environmental projects through preliminary risk assessment (PRA) and site investigation phases, including the production of high-quality interpretive reports
  • Design of site investigation works and projects in the above sectors
  • Technical review of geo-environmental Phase 1 & 2 reports and associated documents
  • Mentoring and training junior staff
  • Project lead for larger complex sites providing geo-environmental technical and project management support to junior staff. This will include a range of sites from simple site investigations through to large complex multi-disciplinary brownfield strategic development on former industrial installations
  • Manage projects to meet both commercial and technical requirements and working with technical and projects leads to deliver appropriate solutions
  • Effectively communicating with clients and colleagues to build strong working relationships with the aim of meeting and exceeding client expectations, and contributing to a strong team ethic
  • Adhering to health, safety and environment procedures in accordance with company standards and contribute to sustainability goals
  • Supporting business development through managing the preparation of tenders and networking
  • Geotechnical/earthworks knowledge would be beneficial to provide advice, review documents and mentor existing staff

What we’re looking for:

  • Practical experience in designing, supervising and managing ground investigations for geo-environmental assessments on wide range of sites
  • Experienced project manager in an environmental/ engineering consultancy environment
  • Geo-environmental experience on a wide range of projects from small to large scale. Some experience in larger brownfield regeneration sites would be preferable
  • Geotechnical and earthworks experience preferable
  • Ability to technical and commercially review geo-environmental reports produced by junior members of the team
  • Proven experience of preparing tenders and fee proposals
  • Comfortable with business development and approaching new people whether it be at an organised event or on a one-on-one basis
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including report writing
  • Knowledge of contaminated land and planning legislation in the UK
  • Ability to multi-task, plan and prioritise workload
  • Client-driven with the ability to motivate and engage with immediate colleagues and those across the wider RSK business
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Computer literate and skilled with Microsoft Office applications, in particular Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Experience of use of Microsoft Project also valuable.
  • Full UK driving licence


  • BSc degree level qualified in Geology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering or a related subject
  • MSc in Land contamination/ hydrogeology or Engineering Geology/Geotechnical Engineering or Contaminated Land preferable but not essential
  • Chartered Geologist, Scientist or Engineer with a relevant professional body or working towards Chartered status with a relevant institution
  • Typically requires at least 10+ years specific relevant experience

Salary & benefits:

  • £Commensurate with experience
  • Contributory Pension Scheme
  • Free life assurance cover
  • A flexible benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays and private health care
  • We encourage Continuing Professional Development and routes to chartership with the Geological Society or Institute of Civil Engineers, or other relevant professional memberships