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Job Ref:  139285BR
Employer:  AECOM
Country:  United Kingdom
City:  Birmingham
Post Code:  B12
30/09/2016 12:06

Why Choose AECOM?
AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees - including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals - serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine's annual industry rankings, and has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a World's Most Admired Company. The firm is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients' projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, have annual revenue of approximately $19 billion. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at NA.

About the Business Line
Our team of environment specialists offers clients expertise in air quality, impact analysis and permitting, environmental health and safety management consulting/due diligence, remediation consulting/engineering and construction/site restoration, specialty and emerging technologies, waste services and water and natural resources.

Job Summary
AECOM is currently recruiting for experienced Geotechnical Engineers at Associate/Technical Director level to join our expanding teams in Birmingham. We are looking for ambitious team players who have a passion for problem solving and who wish to develop innovative, cost effective and buildable solutions in an environment that is collaborative, stimulating and demanding.

We require geotechnical engineers with around 20 years or more experience and who are highly experienced in leading teams undertaking geotechnical studies and design for complex new build transportation infrastructure, and in particular in the position of lead geotechnical designer for design & build contracts. Experience in new build rail projects including high speed rail would be advantageous.

Our Birmingham teams support internal and external clients on a wide variety of projects in many sectors, but predominantly in rail, road, nuclear and property. In particular our teams work closely with the AECOM tunnelling team on both regional projects and national infrastructure projects such as Crossrail.

Nationally our Ground Engineering team comprises some 175 staff and provides one-stop access to services ranging from project management, feasibility studies, detailed design, contract administration and construction supervision for geotechnical works. We work for leading UK clients including Highways England, Network Rail, HCA, Thames Water, as well as leading contractors and developers and for overseas clients. We have an impressive portfolio of projects, working on a range of major infrastructure projects including Crossrail, Thames Tideway, HS2, Stockholm Bypass, Mersey Gateway, Northern Hub and Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

The role will involve leading a geotechnical design team to deliver services to a high level of technical quality and to programme and budget. The individual will work closely with our clients' team and must have strong behavioural competencies with respect to client care, collaborative working, responsibility and independent decision making. The role will include preparation of fee proposals for new work elements and projects.

Minimum Requirements
  • Extensive geotechnical design experience.
  • Possess strong problem solving and inter-personal skills.
  • Proven track record in leadership of design teams and management of design delivery and ground related risks in a design and build environment.
  • Demonstrates high level of accountability and independent decision making.
  • Works closely and collaboratively with colleagues, client and delivery partners.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; the ability to write clear and concise technical reports is essential.
  • Strong analytical capabilities and proficient in the use of relevant design software. Experience in numerical modelling using Plaxis and similar software would be advantageous.
  • Experienced in design of geotechnical works including slopes, foundations, retaining structures, strengthened earthworks, track bed and road pavement foundations, and ground improvement.
  • In depth knowledge of a wide variety of UK ground conditions but particularly those of Central England.
  • Experience of geotechnical studies and design for tunnels in soils and weak rocks.
  • In depth knowledge and experience of relevant Eurocodes and UK standards and specifications, in particular those of Network Rail and Highways England.
  • Willing to travel to other offices and sites within the UK and to occasionally undertake short assignments overseas.
  • Valid UK driving licence is essential.

Preferred Qualifications
The successful candidate will be a Chartered Engineer, preferably holding a first degree in Civil Engineering although candidates with an Engineering Geology or similar background will be considered.

Ideally the candidate will have a relevant post graduate qualification such as an MSc in Geotechnical Engineering or Engineering Geology.

What We Offer
AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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