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Principal Geotechnical Engineering Lead

San Diego California United States

Company Description

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Job Description

The AECOM San Diego, California Office has an immediate need for an experienced Principal Geotechnical Engineer who is willing to take on a leadership role in our geotechnical engineering practice in Southern California. The candidate will have the opportunity to direct/manage projects for a variety of geotechnical projects and coordinate with a broad range of other disciplines within AECOM. They are also expected to identify and pursue new clients/projects with business development goals.


  • ​Providing technical support to Project Managers, including design, analysis, inspection, construction observation, and regulatory compliance activities associated with a variety of projects.
  • Providing project management support (client management, contract management, planning and execution, financial management, etc.) to Project Managers as a Deputy Project Manager.
  • Oversee field exploration/characterization and laboratory testing of soil and rock materials.
  • Oversee teams performing slope stability and seepage analyses and designing slope stabilization measures.
  • Engineering construction oversight.
  • Analysis and design including seismic stability and deformations analyses of dams; including earthquake ground motions, liquefaction potential, and earthquake-induced and fault-induced deformations.
  • Business development for new and existing clients.
  • Ensure the quality of project deliverables.
  • Mentoring and technical development of junior staff.
  • Perform Independent Technical Reviews.
  • The candidate should have a high level of technical expertise and experience in supervising and training staff in geotechnical investigations, analyses, reporting, and construction observation.
  • Business development for existing and new clients will be an integral part of the position.



  • BA/BS Degree in Civil Engineering plus 10 years or more of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education
  • Professional Engineer’s (PE) license
  • Valid Driver's License required


  • Master’s degree or PhD in Civil Engineering
  • Geotechnical California GE registration
  • 15 years or more of experience
  • Working knowledge of relevant building code provisions
  • Strong commitment to ensuring safe project execution
  • Local travel required
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Security clearance a bonus.

Additional Information

  • Relocation is available for this position.
  • Sponsorship is available for this position.
  • Travel required - up to 20% (client meetings)
  • Offered rate of compensation (California locations only) will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The target salary range for this position is $123,000-$215,000.
  • AECOM is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our employees. Depending on your employment status, AECOM benefits may include medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absences, voluntary benefits, perks, U.S and global well-being programs, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, service recognition awards, retirement savings plan, and employee stock purchase plan.


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 $13.1 billion in fiscal year 2022. 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.

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