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Lead Geotechnical Engineer: Birmingham

  • Location

    Birmingham, West Midlands

  • Sector:

    Rail & Civil Infrastructure

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    £300 - £330 per day + Inside IR35

  • Contact:

    Daniel Brokenshire

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  • Published:

    over 3 years ago

  • Duration:

    12 months

  • Expiry date:


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Job Role

  • be the route wide geotechnical subject matter lead (SML) and the main interface with ID's geotechnical subject matter experts
  • be the designate Principal Designer's Representative for route wide geotechnical design issues
  • lead the area teams in the definition of geotechnical scope, including required investigations
  • develop project specific geotechnical proposals to meet requirements;
  • support the area teams to deliver consistent, value for money solutions across Phase 2.
  • Review technical submissions from the design consultants and technical standards for the geotechnical engineering of the project where these relate to route wide earthworks;
  • work with the construction and logistics and transport assessment team to minimise the impact of earthworks operations on the adjacent communities;
  • regularly report on progress, issues and programme; and deputise for the Civil Engineering Manager as required.

You will be expected to:

  • actively promote and embed Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all your work, and support and comply with all organisational initiatives, policies and procedures on EDI;
  • enable and support project delivery as the subject matter lead (SML) for Phase 2 geotechnical matters;
  • provide specialist knowledge and leadership for the geotechnical discipline and associated delivery support to the business;
  • refine scope of PSC input;
  • manage the delivery of the geotechnical discipline requirements by the PSC in accordance with the specification and requirements required by ID.
  • Interface with ID to ensure the evidence is provided that the technical and assurance requirements are met by the PSCs in their documentation;
  • From the reference design, manage the production of Planning Application packages and the ITT for the D&B main civils works contracts and help assess tender returns.
  • Integrate the geotechnical discipline with the other project disciplines and delivery area teams including architecture, civils, rail, environment, third party interface, construction logistics and planning, etc.
  • Support the area teams through detailed design and construction by D&B contractors to ensure project specification and requirements are met and delivered in a consistent manner.
  • Ensure that all designs are assured in accordance with the Technical Assurance Plan.
  • Ensure safety is a key priority in all aspects of the role.
  • Ensure that all designs are carried out with safe construction and maintenance as a key priority.
  • Participate in CDM reviews, etc., as required, to ensure all CDM requirements are met.

Knowledge, Skills, Expertise

  • Must be fully conversant with relevant geotechnical engineering principles and standards and be able to interpret these in the railway environment.
  • Degree qualified Chartered Engineer with a demonstrable track record of succeeding in a similar role on a major rail or infrastructure project in a multi-disciplinary design and delivery environment.
  • Comprehensive understanding of earthworks engineering, including engineering geomorphology, ground treatments, foundation engineering, embankments and cuttings, reporting and associated risk management.
  • Comprehensive understanding of minerals assessment, mining/extraction and mining dereliction issues.
  • Good knowledge of FEM numerical analytical methods and associated information requirements, as well as a good understanding of contaminated and other land investigation, assessment and remediation is desirable.
  • Good core IT skills including outlook, excel and PowerPoint

Personal Attributes

  • Strong communication and influencing skills.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills with proven ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplined management team.
  • Proven ability to organise and plan in order to meet project deadlines.
  • Willingness to travel to meetings outside the normal place of work.
  • The individual should be willing to work flexible hours in order to meet project deadlines.