Senior​/Principal Geotechnical Engineer

Job Description


Job Description

We have an opportunity for a dynamic and motivated Senior/Principal Geotechnical Engineer based in our Glasgow or Edinburgh offices.

SNC-Lavalins Atkins business is one of the worlds most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, with over 50,000 employees worldwide. At Atkins, we offer more than just a job.

We offer an opportunity to make a difference and shape the world to benefit future generations and the natural environment. We are seeking an experienced Senior / Principal Geotechnical Engineer to join our geotechnical team in Scotland working in the energy and infrastructure sectors. This is a fantastic opportunity to take a leading role in the ground engineering input to some of our most challenging projects.

As one of the UKs leading geotechnical consultancies Atkins offers a comprehensive service in ground technology. With more than 350 UK based geotechnical professionals, Atkins geotechnical reputation is built on the skills, excellence and commitment of our people in all aspects of geotechnical engineering.

Atkins has an impressive current portfolio of prestigious geotechnical projects in the UK and internationally. We need to increase our team to meet the growing demands from our clients, especially in the infrastructure sector (particularly rail, highways & water) and the energy sector, which includes carbon capture & storage, renewable energy (wind, current and hydro-power), low carbon engineering, offshore and onshore oil & gas and nuclear power.

In our Scottish offices we have a rapidly expanding workload and an exciting portfolio of prestigious geotechnical projects in the UK and internationally we need to increase our resources to meet the growing demands from our clients, especially in the infrastructure sector. As a result, were looking to grow our team. We are looking for someone with the drive and enthusiasm to embrace the future.

We have the depth of knowledge and breadth of expertise to help you build a bright career in this exciting and rapidly evolving sector.


The successful applicant will be a senior/principal geotechnical engineer with a proven technical and project management track record. The role will include the mentoring of junior geotechnical engineers and therefore good communication skills are essential.

The candidate will have a degree in civil engineering or geology with a post graduate qualification in a geotechnical subject and hold chartered status as either a civil engineer or geologist.

Candidates should have the right flare and ability that will help us develop and expand our infrastructure geotechnics capability by building on the existing portfolio of our rapidly expanding, flexible and outward looking team that can tackle work across a broad spectrum of sectors.

Candidates should have:

Extensive experience in one or more of the following sectors: highways, rail or water geotechnics.

A strong academic background with a relevant degree (ideally MSc or equivalent) Chartered status.

Proven experience of acting as a senior/principal geotechnical engineer in a fast-moving engineering consultancy environment.

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

Proven geotechnical design experience.

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

Excellent interpersonal and technical skills and the ability to develop and lead geotechnical design teams.

Excellent communication skills and confidence to liaise with clients.

Good commercial track record in negotiating and running successful jobs.

Excellent report writing skills with the ability to self-check and produce accurate work.

A willingness to travel on short assignments both within the UK and overseas.

A valid UK driving licence.

What we offer?

Atkins recognise that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career, but who cannot commit to full time employment. We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements. As part of this commitment, we understand the need for a diverse and flexible workforce, where a work-life balance is important.

So, by default Atkins offers flexible working, where there is no fixed 9 till 5, no need for a 5-day week, no requirement for a full-time contract, and no requirement to spend all your working time in the office. Our IT systems support homeworking, so where you have parental or career duties; or you simply need to be elsewhere for a parcel, servicing your car, or waiting in for a tradesperson;
Atkins will work for you. Similarly, Atkins corporate social responsibility provides the opportunity to give something back to the community, and we run professional networks supporting groups such as local schools, charities, parents, those coming out of the armed-forces and women in engineering.

Rewards and


We offer a competitive salary that is regularly tested against other consultants with a default 25-days leave each year plus bank holidays and options to buy some or sell of that leave. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To support and safeguard your physical and mental wellbeing we provide an employee assistance programme offering advice and support in times of need. Our offices run their own sports and social clubs providing a wide range of activities.

You will also have access to our Flexible Benefits, where you can opt in to a wide range of benefits to complement your work/life balance: such as medical insurance, gym membership, the cycle-to-work scheme, child care vouchers, charitable giving, additional pension contributions etc.

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