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Principal Geotechnical Engineer


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Job Description

Our Ground Engineering Practice covers all elements of Ground Engineering serving a wide range of end markets including highways, rail, water, development, MOD and nuclear sectors. Although advertised as a full time role, part time options will also be considered.

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, Neom and AIUia (Saudi Arabia), as well as large local projects such as Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme (LFAS2), Armley Gyratory Upgrade and the NPR Leeds Station Upgrade. Our Leeds team have a stable workflow through large frameworks in various sectors, such as rail (Network Rail, Story Contracting), highway (Area 33) nuclear (Sellafield Ltd), water (Severn Trent Water) and various local councils (Leeds, York, East Riding) and cutting edge MOD jobs.

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.

  • 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.


  • 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.

Role requirements:

  • 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 including (Slope/W, Wallap, Repute).
  • A strong working knowledge of UK ground conditions and ground investigation practice.
  • Familiarity with geotechnical data management software such as Bentley gINT/Holebase, Bentley OpenGround would be advantageous.
  • Good knowledge of Network Rail and National Highways design and reporting processes is desirable.
  • Clean driving licence.
  • Candidates should be willing to travel within the UK.
  • 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.

Additional Information



AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have 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.

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.

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

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.