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AECOM Principal Geotechnical Engineer in Glasgow, United Kingdom

Company Description

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.

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.

Job Description

AECOM’s Ground Engineering specialists provide one-stop access to services in feasibility / desktop 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 HS2, Northumberland Line, Aberdeen to Central Belt Decarbonisation, various pumped hydro, windfarm, solar and battery projects, electrical transmission upgrades, Levern Water restoration, Upper Garnock Flood Prevention Scheme, clean and foul water infrastructure, health, education, and defence sector building projects, brownfield regeneration and development enabling projects, independent geo certification for Trunk Road authorities, landslide and rockfall risk mitigation for local authorities. You could be involved with key projects imperative to our zero-carbon future, such as new nuclear build, decarbonisation of the UK's rail network, and our award-winning work on Net Zero Teesside. In addition to amazing opportunities to work on mega projects in the middle east and high-speed rail in Scandinavia.

We require ambitious team players with the knowledge, experience and skills to take day to day responsibility for delivery of projects and tasks, ensuring technical quality and adherence to budget and programme. The positions will suit those who can work with a high degree of independence and lead the input to projects from desk study and feasibility through ground investigation and interpretation to final design. You will be joining an established team of Ground Engineers in the AECOM Glasgow Office, working closely with colleagues across the UK&I.

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 support to our Technical Directors and Associates in project delivery, work winning and maintaining high levels of client satisfaction, raising company profile.

  • On the job coaching, mentoring and development of junior staff, line management, delivery management.

  • Support practice development and innovation.

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

  • Develop client and co-professional relationships to build your own network of work-referrers and strengthen existing relationships.

  • Assisting with fee bids and proposals for internal and external clients.

  • Preparing, checking, and reviewing a wide range of technical documents including Desk Studies, Interpretative reports, Specifications, Drawings and Geotechnical Design Reports.

  • Ensure rigorous adherence to AECOMs industry leading quality assurance and SHE programmes.

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

  • Strong

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

  • A wide range of experience, knowledge and skills in geotechnical engineering and fully competent user of specialist software.

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

  • Strong analytical skills and in-depth experience in the geotechnical design and construction of complex foundations and piled foundations, earthworks, strengthened earthworks, ground treatment and retaining structures.

  • Knowledge and experience of the application of the CDM Regulations.

  • Clean driving licence.

  • Candidates should be willing to travel within the UK.


  • BEng/MEng in Civil Engineering.

  • MSc in Geotechnical Engineering or a related applicable field is desirable but not essential.

  • Chartered Engineer status is required, or you must be on track to achieve this within the next 6 to 12 months.

Additional Information

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 and AECOM will ensure you have the financial and business support to achieve chartered status in your preferred discipline.

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.

With infrastructure investment accelerating worldwide, our services are in great demand, and there’s never been a better time to be at AECOM! Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

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

Join us and let’s get started.

ReqID: J10073734

Business Line: Transportation

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: Europe & India

Career Area: Engineering

Work Location Model: Hybrid