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Chief Geotechnical Engineer - Energy

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03 February 2014
03 March 2014
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We are seeking an experienced Chief Geotechnical Engineer to lead some of our key geotechnical work in the energy sector. This is a fantastic opportunity to direct and lead the ground engineering on some of our most challenging projects.As one of the UK’s leading geotechnical consultancies Atkins offers a comprehensive service in ground technology. With more than 250 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 resources to meet the growing demands from our clients, especially in 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.As a result, we’re looking to grow our team and looking for people 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 future in this exciting and rapidly evolving sector. We have offices throughout the UK and depending on the particular skillset and experience of the applicant we may consider locating the role in one of several of our UK hub offices.


The successful applicant will be a chief engineer level geotechnical engineer with a proven technical and project management track record. Excellent technical skills are required relevant to our work in the energy sector.

Excellent technical skills are required relevant to our work in the energy sector which involves acting as a “director practitioner” leading the technical and commercial input to some of our most challenging projects as Project Director or Project Manager.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate good commercial skills that will help us develop and expand our energy geotechnical capability in the renewable, oil & gas and nuclear sectors by building on the existing portfolio of our rapidly expanding team.

Candidates should have:

  • A strong academic background with a relevant degree (ideally MSc or equivalent)
  • Chartered status
  • Proven experience of acting as at chief engineer level in a fast-moving engineering consultancy 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 flair for innovation
  • A willingness to travel on short assignments both within the UK and overseas
  • Candidates would require a driving licence.

Also desirable are:

  • Experience of geotechnical work in the energy sector is strongly desirable for this senior role but not essential if the key transferrable skills can be demonstrated.

Right to Work

The UK Government have taken steps to reduce net migration to the UK by limiting the number of overseas workers from outside the EEA coming to the UK for employment. Please note that whilst we are able to consider applications from overseas workers from outside the EEA ( who require a Tier 2 (General) visa) we can only employ them if we can provide evidence that there are no other suitable candidates for this vacancy from inside the EEA.


The learning and development experience in our Ground Engineering team is different to that at most other companies. Here we thoroughly recognise the importance of our people and we invest for the long term to provide them with the technical, commercial and managerial expertise they need throughout their career. At Atkins our staff continue to learn and develop irrespective of position or experience.

Our investment includes our acclaimed technical conferences, regular presentations and discussion groups, field trips, bespoke training courses as well as active on the job mentoring. We also have our Ground Engineering Academy to provide structured support and encouragement to staff in their progression to chartership. Fulfilling learning and development experiences include the opportunity for international assignments in a variety of countries.