AECOM Engineering Geologist in Leeds, United Kingdom

Requisition/Vacancy No. 143592BR

Position Title Engineering Geologist

Job Category Engineering - Geology

Business Line Environment

Country United Kingdom

State/Province/Region GBR - West Yorkshire

City Leeds

Why Choose AECOM? AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings, and has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a World’s Most Admired Company. The firm is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, have annual revenue of approximately $19 billion. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at

About the Business Line


Our team of environment specialists offers clients expertise in air quality, impact analysis and permitting, environmental health and safety management consulting/due diligence, remediation consulting/engineering and construction/site restoration, specialty and emerging technologies, waste services and water and natural resources.

Job Summary

AECOM is currently recruiting for an Engineering Geologist/ Geotechnical Engineer to join our well established and experienced Ground Engineering team in Leeds.

We are looking for an ambitious team player who has a passion for problem solving and who wishes to develop innovative, cost effective and buildable solutions in an environment that is collaborative, stimulating and demanding.

We require an applicant with several years’ experience in geotechnical fieldwork, desk studies, factual and interpretative reporting and geotechnical design. Preferred candidates will have experience of geotechnics for railway earthworks and rock cutting repair and upgrade, and will hold a current rail safety qualification (PTS or IWA).

Our Leeds team supports internal and external clients on a wide variety of projects, but predominantly in road and rail infrastructure new build, upgrade and maintenance, landslip investigation and remediation.

Nationally our Ground Engineering team comprises some 175 staff and provides one-stop access to services ranging from project management, feasibility studies, detailed design, contract administration and construction supervision for geotechnical works. We work for leading UK clients including Highways England, Network Rail, Homes and Communities Agency, Local Authorities, as well as for leading contractors and developers and for overseas clients. AECOM have an impressive portfolio of projects, working on a range of major infrastructure projects including Crossrail, Thames Tideway, HS2, Mersey Gateway, Trafford Park Metrolink, Northern Hub and Hinkley C nuclear power station.

The role will involve site walkovers, desk studies, ground investigation planning and direction, soil and rock logging, geomorphological mapping, interpretation, design and reporting of geotechnical works including soil and rock slope stability, foundations, retaining structures, earthworks and ground improvement. The role will have a particular focus on railway earthworks and drainage repair and upgrade.

You will work under the supervision of a Senior/Principal Engineer and must have strong behavioural competencies with respect to client care, collaborative working, responsibility and independent decision making.

You will be numerate and have experience in the use of routine design software for data manipulation and assessment of soil and rock slope stability.

Candidates will have the potential and desire to progress to a more senior position.

Minimum Requirements

Several years’ experience in engineering geology and geotechnics consultancy.

Possess strong problem solving and inter-personal skills. Works closely and collaboratively with colleagues and clients.

An understanding of ground investigation and willing to undertake monitoring of site works for varied projects across the UK, but mostly in northern England.

Strong written and verbal communication skills; the ability to write concise technical reports is essential.

Ideally experienced in site walkovers, soil and rock logging and sampling and geomorphological mapping.

Good knowledge of soil and rock parameter selection and understanding of EC7 design principles.

Knowledge of UK ground conditions but particularly those of Northern England is advantageous.

Appreciation of relevant Eurocodes and UK standards and specifications, in particular those of Network Rail and Highways England would be very advantageous.

Licensed to drive a vehicle in the UK.

Willing to travel to other offices and sites within the UK if required by work demand.

Chartered or actively progressing towards Chartered Engineer / Geologist status.

Preferred Qualifications

A degree in Geology or Civil Engineering and a relevant post graduate qualification in Engineering Geology or Geotechnical Engineering.

A current PTS or IWA qualification.

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.