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Senior Geotechnical Engineer

At Arcadis, we never lose sight of what’s most important. Because look beyond our projects and programmes and you’ll see it’s about human stories. From remaking public spaces that bring people together, to making cities easier to navigate, we’re focused on making an impact where it matters most – and improving quality of life.

It’s a big challenge. And why we need people committed to bringing their best, who deliver on their promises. People who value different perspectives, build sustainable relationships and dare to shape the future. People who seize the experiences available to transform their world – and the world around them.

It’s a shared goal amongst 27,000 Arcadians. And one we can only achieve by working together and applying our skills and expertise across design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services. It’s how we’ll find solutions to our clients’ most complex challenges. And how we’ll deliver exceptional results, today and tomorrow.

Job Description

We are looking to recruit a Senior Geotechnical Engineer in either our Cardiff or Bristol office (if Bristol based, the successful candidate will be expected to travel to the Cardiff office a few times a week), who has practical ground investigation and geotechnical design experience. They will join our growing Geosciences business, predominately working within our Utilities, Highways and Rail sectors, but also working on a wide portfolio of schemes throughout the UK. 

Reporting to the Business Director and working closely with the Team Leader, you will be accountable for managing the geotechnical components of projects, working in collaboration with other design disciplines and providing technical inputs to projects. The role will involve building relationships with clients, controlling commercial aspects of projects together with assisting and participating in developing team members to their full potential.


  • Detailed geotechnical design experience including foundations, retaining walls and slope stability assessments
  • Experience in earthworks design, specification and implementation
  • Experience in ground investigation design and implementation
  • Experience in the use of routine geotechnical design programs such as PDISP, WALLAP, SLIDE and SlopeW
  • Good people management skills with an ability to influence staff and clients particularly regarding technical issues
  • MEng in Civil Engineering with a Geotechnical bias
  • BSc in Geology/Engineering Geology or Geotechnical Engineering
  • Achieved or working towards Chartered Engineer (MICE or IOM3) or Geologist (CGeol)
  • MSc in Geotechnical Engineering or related subject is desirable

Why Arcadis?

At Arcadis, you’ll have the opportunity to build the career that’s right for you. Because each Arcadian has their own motivations, their own career goals. And, as a ‘people ?rst’ business, it’s why we’ll take the time to listen, to understand what you want from your time here, and provide the support you need to achieve your ambitions. Wherever you join us, you can look forward to a competitive reward package that includes an attractive starting salary, opportunities for career development and being part of a sociable community. We have a performance-related bonus scheme and an employee recognition scheme. Other bene?ts include membership fees to join your relevant professional body, employer contribution pension scheme, ?exible working and a flexible holiday scheme.

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.


Senior Geotechnical Engineer

Cardiff, UK

Published on 2 Dec 2019