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Geotechnics practice leader

Job Profile

Mott MacDonald is a $2bn engineering, management and development consultancy. We’re one of the largest and most diverse firms of our kind in the world with over 16,000 staff working out of 180 principal offices, delivering projects in 150 countries.

Our global business is multisector, spanning buildings, communications, defence, education, environment, health, international development, industry, mining, oil and gas, power, transport, urban development, water and wastewater.

Equal employment opportunity is the law. English version, Spanish version, Chinese version.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, creed, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status or disability status.

Job Description

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist other senior Mott MacDonald staff in expanding our geotechnical practice with an emphasis in California and the west coast.
  • Ability to develop new and existing client relationships to enhance our market exposure and reputation.
  • Manage professional staff who would perform geotechnical investigations, analysis, and field engineering monitoring services.
  • Prepare and/or review written geotechnical reports and narratives.
  • Coordinate and review work to be performed by specialty geotechnical subconsultants and subcontractors.
  • Procure, manage and review a broad range of geotechnical laboratory testing, field investigation and instrumentation programs.
  • Compile and evaluate information obtained from geotechnical laboratory testing, field investigation and instrumentation programs.
  • Manage, review and oversee, or perform geotechnical analysis addressing: slope stability, settlement and consolidation, seismic response, surcharge and ground improvement, shallow foundations (mats and footings), drilled piers; and, pile design (compressive, lateral and uplift capacities).

Candidate Specification

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering plus a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on Geotechnical Engineering is required.
    A PhD in Geotechnical Engineering with focus on seismic issues a plus.
  • Registered Professional Engineer in California, GE preferred. Registration in additional states a plus.
  • Fifteen to Twenty years of professional experience with a minimum of five years of experience with projects located in California and five years of management experience.
  • A proven track record managing and developing junior staff and performing all facets of business development; from client engagement, proposals, contracting and managing of the business development process.

  • Proven ability to manage geotechnical projects with field, laboratory, and geotechnical engineering components.
  • Experience preparing geotechnical reports and reviewing written product prepared by others.
  • Demonstrated experience with computer programs including LPILE, SLOPE/W, SEEP/W, PLAXIS or other FEM software, AutoCAD, gINT and SHAKE 3D. Exposure to structural analysis programs such as STAAD or SAP2000 is a plus.
  • Demonstrated design and construction experience with shallow and deep foundations, seismic design issues, slope stability, earthworks and excavation support systems.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail with excellent analytical capabilities.
  • Ability to effectively work independently and in a team environment.
  • Occasional field work may be required.
  • Ability to travel both regionally and nationally.
  • Additionally, a certificate documenting OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training is a plus.

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