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Geotechnical lead - Highways

Job Profile

Mott MacDonald has an opportunity for a Geotechnical lead to join their highways business based in Scotland. Reporting to the Scotland & Northern Ireland Geotechnical Director working directly with the Highways Director, your day to day activities will be to support the growth of our Highways capability and lead the geotechnical input to that team with input into other sectors, when required.

We are ideally looking for someone with strong experience in all aspect of Highways and transportation related geotechnical engineering.
The candidate will also be familiar with Transport Scotland and be able to advise on transport project procedures.



We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate, and take positive steps to create an inclusive culture.

Job Description

The successful candidate will be joining at senior level and will have the opportunity to lead and grow our geotechnical capability within the highways sector. Day to day duties will include:
  • Provide client and internal stakeholder consultation; act as technical expert and provide advice and solutions, to ensure they are fit for purpose and meet the client requirements
  • Lead the Highways market geotechnical team, in particular supervision and support of junior engineers across the SNI sector
  • Supervise and advise on the delivery of desk studies
  • Design of ground investigations
  • Ground investigation contract administration and preparation of specifications
  • Site supervision on ground investigation field works
  • Interpretation and verification of ground investigation data and parameters to build detailed ground models to aid in design
  • Understanding of contaminated land regulations and how the relate to ground engineering
  • Production of design solutions and drawings, covering a range of project requirements from new build to modification, maintenance, refurbishment and foundation design
  • Production of Ground Investigation Report and Geotechnical Design Report in accordance with Eurocode 7 for roads, drainage structures, bridges, retaining structures, earthworks, slopes.

Additionally, the role will involve:
  • Client Liaison
  • Maintain key client retention; anticipate needs of existing clients and pursue development within the portfolio
  • Working with engineers of other disciplines in order to produce and integrate geotechnical assessments into the overall project delivery, ensuring that the geotechnical hazards and risks to a project are correctly assessed, brought into the solution and communicated
  • Resources and budget planning and control
  • Supporting Business Development activities and commitment to professional excellence
  • Drive motivation and develop members of the team
  • Strengthen the business network of internal contacts within Mott MacDonald
  • Support sharing knowledge and participating in staff development

Candidate Specification

The successful candidate will have substantial experience on highways related engineering projects., preferably with Transport Scotland. Additionally you will have/be:
  • MEng or MSc in Civil Engineering or Geotechnical Engineering
  • Chartered Engineer or Geologist
  • Minimum of 15 years post-degree experience successfully managing a range of projects and delivering these to the satisfaction of the client
  • Experience of working within a design consultancy on multiple concurrent commissions representing the company to clients
  • Experience in GI contract administration and preparation of specifications
  • Proven track record in planning and supervision of geotechnical and environmental site investigations and working knowledge of EC7
  • Detailed knowledge of design codes and specifications relevant to geotechnical engineering
  • Extensive experience of geotechnical design
  • Extensive experience of geotechnical analysis, tools and techniques
  • Experienced in using finite element modelling software
  • Experience of design risk management, construction programming, tendering process and quality assurance management
  • Demonstration of understanding of contaminated Land Regulations and how they impact with geotechnical design
  • Demonstration of a good knowledge and working relationship with Transport Scotland
  • Experience of delivering transportation Design and Build contracts, demonstrating an innovation approach
  • Confident personality with the ability to liaise with clients and supervise contractors
  • Proven track record of being Client facing with accountability for one or more key customer relationships and delivery of outputs
  • A good geotechnical design track record in delivering projects from concept to completion of construction
  • Ability to successfully communicate with all stakeholders within a project, who are both technical and non-technical
  • Ability to coordinate and mentor more junior members of staff
  • Independent, proactive, result-oriented and able to handle multi-task with strong business acumen
  • Excellent leadership, management and problem-solving skills
  • Willing to travel in connection with business activities
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