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Job Information

AECOM Principal Geotechnical Engineer in Cumbria Westlakes, United Kingdom

United Kingdom - North Yorkshire, Leeds

Job Summary

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

Here, you will have freedom to grow in a world of opportunity.

AECOM has a Freedom to Grow policy that celebrates flexible working; if you are interested in joining us, we should be happy to discuss a working arrangement to suit you.

AECOM UK & Ireland Ground Engineering Practice is expanding and has a Principal level vacancy in Leeds. Full time and part time roles are available. Working-from-home arrangements can also be made.

Our Ground Engineering Practice covers all elements of Ground Engineering serving a wide range of end markets including highways, rail, water and nuclear sectors.

AECOM’s Ground Engineering specialists provide one-stop access to services in feasibility studies, ground investigation, interpretation, detailed design, contract administration and construction supervision for geotechnical works. We work for leading UK&I and international clients and have commissions of varying scale across all sectors, including projects such as High Speed 2 and Neom (Saudi Arabia), as well as large local projects such as Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme (LFAS2) and the Armley Gyratory upgrade. Our Leeds team have a stable workflow through large frameworks in various sectors, such as rail (Network Rail, Story Contracting), nuclear (Sellafield Ltd), water (Severn Trent Water) and various local councils (Leeds, York, East Riding).

We require ambitious team players with the technical and commercial skills, knowledge and experience to take day-to-day responsibility for delivery of projects, ensuring technical quality and adherence to budget and programme. The positions will suit those who can work with a high degree of independence, can support junior team members, prepare fee proposals for external and internal clients and lead the input to projects from desk study/feasibility through ground investigation and interpretation to final design.

To be successful candidates must have a proven track record in the delivery of ground engineering projects in the UK and be fully conversant with the technical standards that apply.

Job Duties include:

  • Close collaboration with our Technical Directors and Associates in project delivery, work winning and maintaining high levels of client satisfaction.

  • Active input to team and client meetings, being prepared to own decisions and put forward alternative ideas and concepts.

  • On the job mentoring of junior staff and support towards achieving chartered status.

  • Preparing, checking and reviewing a wide range of technical documents, including desk studies, interpretative reports, specifications, construction drawings and design reports.

  • Preparing fee bids and proposals for internal and external clients.

  • Ensure rigorous adherence to AECOM’s industry leading quality assurance programme.

  • Support our geotechnical practice development and innovation.

Minimum Requirements

The value of diversity and inclusion is readily apparent in creating a collaborative, supportive working environment and in delivering innovative, contextually appropriate projects.

It is very important to both what we do and the way we do it. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. The important thing for us is that you can demonstrate that you can effectively fulfil the needs of the role. If you feel you can fulfil the requirements of the role, but there are other factors that are making you hesitant in applying, we would still like to hear from you and see if we can work together to overcome any challenges.

  • A teamwork ethic and enthusiasm sharing knowledge and supporting others.

  • Strong problem solving and inter-personal skills, working closely and collaboratively with colleagues and clients in a multi-disciplinary environment.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to write clear and concise technical reports and documents.

  • A wide range of technical experience, knowledge and skills in geotechnical engineering.

  • Candidates must have well-rounded experience in geotechnical design of earthworks and structures and must have strong analytical skills and be confident with the use of relevant design software.

  • A strong working knowledge of UK ground conditions and ground investigation practice.

  • Familiarity with geotechnical data management software such as Bentley gINT/Holebase would be advantageous.

  • Good knowledge of Highways England design and reporting processes is desirable.

  • Clean driving licence.

  • Candidates should be willing to travel within the UK.

Preferred Qualifications

  • BEng/MEng in Civil Engineering or BSc/MSc in Engineering Geology or Earth Science.

  • MSc in Geotechnical Engineering or a related applicable field is desirable.

  • Chartered Engineer (IEng/CEng) or Geologist (CGeol) status is required or you must be on track to achieve this within the next 6 to 12 months.

Your benefits will include:

Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore flexible working arrangements. Core benefits include 25 days’ annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can also choose from a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

You’ll also be able to give back to communities with up to two paid CSR days each year. Through our charity, The AECOM Foundation, you can volunteer to support children in developing countries. And if you’re a member of the Reserve Forces you’ll receive an additional 15 days paid leave for training commitments.

What We Offer

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career.

When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Engineering - Environmental

Business Line Environment

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 255816BR

Additional Locations UK - Cumbria Westlakes, UK - Liverpool, Merchants Court, UK - Manchester - 1 New York Street, UK - Manchester - Bridgewater House, UK - Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Virtual: No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.