Principal Geotechnical Engineer – Renewable Industry

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Job Description


Partner with an established, leading team of geotechnical engineers and Engineering Geologists.
Provide a mix of technical delivery, and project management, with a significant focus on problem-solving, analysis and design.
Liaise with other design disciplines to develop and maintain design coordination.
Responsible for winning work for the broader geotechnical team, as well as building and maintaining strong client relationships.
Periodic travel to projects in South Africa, Rest of Africa and the Middle East will be necessary.
Ability to apply new knowledge, deliver and devise new approaches in industry in solving complex ground problems.
Ensure timely delivery of Geotechnical deliverables of projects, within scope and budget.
Establish a clear understanding of the project goals and stakeholder expectations, specifically, managing client expectations and ensuring that delivery meets expectations.
Be a team player who is willing to collaborate across multiple disciplines and international geographies.
Resolve project-level issues independently.
Mentor junior Geotechnical and Geology resources.
Support business development activities.
Motivate the project team towards the determined objectives, by generating enthusiasm for the project, and by maintaining a continued personal interest in achieving set targets.


BEng or BSc degree in Civil Engineering.
Registration as a Professional Engineer (Pr.Eng. or equivalent).
A post-graduate qualification in Geotechnical Engineering will be highly beneficial.
A minimum of 7 years of postgraduate experience in Geotechnical Engineering within the Transport discipline.
An extensive understanding of soil and rock mechanics is essential.
Solid experience in the design of foundations for buildings and structures, slope stabilization and ground improvement, earthworks and retention structures.
Experience in the foundation and pile design, settlement, earth pressure, slope stability, and bearing capacity etc. would be highly beneficial.
Skills and experience in geotechnical analysis and design.
Solid knowledge of design standards.
Skills in geotechnical analysis including the application of the latest analysis methods and software.
Communication and report writing skills are required, along with the ability to work with clients to develop new and existing business opportunities.

Salary: Negotiable