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Principal/Senior Geotechnical Engineer - Highways/Structures

Posted 282 days ago Apply by 15 November 2019

Job Description

Our Geotechnics & Tunnelling team is involved in some of the UK’s most high profile, complex and stimulating projects that are diverse and technically demanding. We have an enviable reputation in the delivery of some of the UK’s and indeed the world’s most prestigious and challenging projects.

Our current client portfolio includes the Highways England, Transport for London, Local Authorities, the Environment Agency, Canal & Rivers Trust, Water Companies, Network Rail and selected Civil Engineering Contractors for whom we undertake the planning, design and supervision of geotechnical engineering and engineering geology schemes. These include, managed motorways, harbours, ports, tunnels, water treatment plants, reservoirs, rail electrification, rail improvements, station upgrades and structures across a wide range of geological conditions and UK and European locations.

We are currently recruiting for a Senior/Principal Geotechnical Engineer who will provide support to the Ground Engineering geotechnical team.

Design and Checking

  • To provide input, reporting and carry out preliminary and reference design of geotechnical “highway structures” including, but not limited to RC retaining walls (tunnel portal walls, gravity, cantilevered, piled, green walls), deep and shallow bridge and building foundations, geotechnics to support tunnelling, earthworks (including reinforced ground and earthworks constructed with non-HE compliant materials, embankment, cuttings, highway culverts);
  • To provide input, reporting and carry out preliminary and reference design of flood protection earth bunds (including hydraulic performance), river diversion, ground improvement (load transfer platforms funded on piles/stone columns, jet grouting, backfilling of karsts);
  • To carry out settlement analyses and damage assessment of services, utilities and infrastructures;
  • Select (from factual and interpreted information) suitable geotechnical and hydrogeological data for the design;
  • Assisting with checking of geotechnical deliverables;
  • Compile geotechnical and CDM risk assessment;


  • Prepare Geotechnical Assessments Notes for Structures and Earthworks in accordance to Highways England’s procedures;
  • Prepare design reports and technical notes for internal use;


  • Liaising with the Structures Team, Environmental (landscaping, sustainability and waste management) Team and “Quantity Surveys” teams;
  • To deliver parent company project governance requirements as required;
  • To consider project legacy and in all decision making in the same way as cost, risk and time
  • To look for ways to encourage innovative thinking around how to improve legacy benefits



  • Civil Engineering Degree and MSc in Geotechnical Engineering, Chartered Engineering status as a minimum;
  • Clear understanding of multi-disciplinary design and construction processes including ground investigations and interface with existing utilities and infrastructures;
  • Proven Geotechnical Experience (both design and reporting) in UK Highways Projects;
  • Clear understanding of UK CDM regulations;
  • Proven experience of earthworks design and specification (including reinforced ground, soil nails, piled embankment, major earthworks widening, use of relevant FEM software); slope stability analysis; settlement analyses;
  • Proven experience of earthwork design using recycled materials and non-HE’s compliant materials;
  • Structures Foundation (shallow and deep) design (including knowledge of the use of relevant software, geotechnical assessment for integral bridges and settlement analyses);
  • Experience in completing assessment of aggressiveness of ground and groundwater to buried concrete to BRE Digest 1;
  • Experience of integration of landscape earthworks and drainage into earthworks design and of temporary works (Geotech and structural components);
  • Proven experience of back analyses of capacity and settlement of existing shallow and deep foundations;
  • Clear understanding of HE soils classification;
  • Clear understanding of UK soils contamination classification, soil contamination use and disposal;
  • Team oriented individual with the ability to work closely with peers;
  • To be able to work across diverse internal stakeholder;


  • Experience in flood protection bunds design (including hydraulic performance) and modelling;
  • Competent in the use of Holebase SI and of AGS data;


  • Experience in the use of FEM (e.g. Plaxis)
  • Proficient in the use of geotechnical software (e.g geosolve slope, Slope W, Wallap, Pdisp, Repute, Oasys Alps, Holebase, 3D Settle, etc)
  • Interpersonal skills and personal resilience to working under stress/different styles of leadership/getting things done
  • Microsoft Office skills including Word, PowerPoint and Excel


At Arcadis, we trust our teams to create their own work-life balance. It means we always welcome people who want or need a flexible career. We’re proud of the diverse ways of working that thrive in our community as a result.

We believe that by working together diverse people with different experiences develop the most innovative ideas. Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of how we improve quality of life and we work closely with our people across six ED&I Workstreams: Age, Disability, Faith, Gender, LGBT+ and Race. A diverse and skilled workforce is essential to our success.

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Sector Civil, Geotechnical, Infrastructure, Transportation
Location London
Hours Full time
Contract Type Permanent
Minimum Degree Grade Required NA
Applicant needs to be eligible to work in the UKYes

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