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AECOM Senior Geotechnical Engineer in Leeds, United Kingdom

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 UK & Ireland Ground Engineering (GE) Practice has a Senior level vacancy in Leeds. A full-time or part-time role is available.

The UK&I GE Practice covers all elements of Ground Engineering serving a wide range of end markets including the energy, water, defence, highway and railway sectors. We provide one-stop access to services in feasibility studying, ground investigation, interpretation, detailed design, contract administration, technical advisory and construction supervision for geotechnical works. Nationally, we work for leading clients and have commissions of varying scale across all sectors, including High Speed 2, Neom (Saudi Arabia) and Hinkley Point C.

Our Leeds GE team is currently managing the geotechnical input on local multi-million projects such as Armley Gyratory, Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme 2, highway improvements (including the A1/A1(M) and M1) and Sellafield Ltd decommissioning, through to multi-billion projects of national importance such as AWE Aldermaston, HMNB Devonport and Keadby Power Station. We also have a stable workflow via framework, including Network Rail and various local city councils.

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 position will suit a candidate who has experience in geotechnical design, can work with a high degree of independence, can support junior team members, can budget/programme deliverables and lead the geotechnical input to projects from desk study/feasibility through ground investigation and interpretation to final design.

To be successful, the candidate 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:

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

  • Owning personal and professional development and on the job mentoring of junior staff.

  • Close collaboration with more senior staff in the project delivery and maintaining high levels of client satisfaction.

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

  • 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.

  • The successful applicant should also be equipped with the following attributes:

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

  • Strong technical 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.

Minimum Requirements

Ground Investigation

  • Strong knowledge of UK ground conditions and ground investigation practices.

Ground characterisation

  • Knowledge of typical ground conditions interpretation/parametric assessment and correlation methods applicable to common geotechnical design problems.

  • Familiarity with data management software (e.g. gINT) would be advantageous

Geotechnical analysis/design and reporting

  • Well-rounded experience in geotechnical design (e.g. earthworks, foundations, retaining structures, slope stabilisation) with strong analytical skills and confidence in the use of relevant design software (e.g. Slope/W, Wallap).

  • Familiarity with the production of geotechnical analysis and design packages, including drawings, risk assessments, specifications and design reports.

  • Good knowledge of relevant Eurocode and British Standards is required.

  • Application of CDM/SiD Regulations in a design and ground investigation environment.

  • Experience with standards and processes in a specialised fields (e.g. highways, railways) is desirable.


  • Experience and understanding of the needs and approaches to the engineering consultancy and design markets, including building and maintaining relationships with clients, work planning and commercial management.

  • Candidates should be willing to travel within the UK.

Preferred Qualifications

  • BEng/MEng in Civil Engineering or MSc in Engineering Geology or Geotechnical Engineering.

  • Chartered Engineer (IEng/CEng) or Geologist (CGeol) status is preferred or on track to achieve this within the next year. The team will provide the necessary support to achieve this.

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 - Civil

Business Line Environment

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 269176BR

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.