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Associate/Principal Geotechnical/Geo-Environmental Consultant




Geo-Environmental / Geotechnical

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Full time

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We have a fantastic opportunity for an Associate, or Principal, Geotechnical/Geo-Environmental Engineer to join our growing Geo team in our Plymouth office.

The Team – Our Geo Division

Geo is a core discipline within Hydrock – its where we come from with both our CEO and COO having a Geo background!

Hydrock is a leading consultancy firm specialising in geoenvironmental and geotechnical engineering. With a focus on innovation and sustainability, we deliver high-quality solutions to clients across various sectors, including renewables, commercial, industrial, residential, infrastructure and aviation.

The Role:

We are seeking a motivated and skilled Consultant to be the local lead in our Plymouth-based ‘Geo’ team. The ideal candidate will have 6 to 10 years of experience in geoenvironmental and geotechnical consultancy, with a strong commitment to professionalism. 
  As a Geo Consultant, you will be responsible for managing and co-ordinating geo assignments including (but not limited to): desk studies, ground investigations (factual and interpretative), geotechnical, human health, groundwater and gas risk assessments, and interpretative reports. 
  You will act as the focal point of contact with colleagues in the SW region, across the range of disciplines represented within Hydrock. You will contribute to work-winning and business development in the SW and represent Hydrock in client meetings.

This is a great opportunity to progress your career and actively help develop a team of professionals.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Actively pursue chartership (if not already accredited) and engage in continuous professional development.
  • Procure, manage, and deliver straightforward Ground Investigations (GI), adapting to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Manage site investigation works in accordance with BS 5930 and 10175, ensuring health and safety compliance and accurate data collection.
  • Oversee procurement, site delivery, reporting, and financial aspects of field work contractors.
  • Prepare high-quality factual reports covering environmental and geotechnical aspects, with clear interpretation supported by data.
  • Support colleagues in managing complex environmental or geotechnical aspects of projects.
  • Project manage own assignments with decreasing support over time, while assisting colleagues as needed.
  • Manage 1-3 projects concurrently, ensuring adherence to scope, schedule, and budget.
  • Maintain good project financial control, promptly addressing variations and ensuring client satisfaction.
  • Handle client queries professionally and promote Hydrock's services effectively.
  • Design and manage geotechnical and/or geo-environmental assignments including (but not limited to): desk studies, ground investigations (factual and interpretative to a     high standard), human health, groundwater and gas risk assessments and preparation of Remediation Method Statements.

Business Development:

  • Support the team in producing fee proposals and promoting our wider capabilities.
  • Demonstrate commercial acumen and client management skills.
  • Identify and attend business development events to enhance company growth.
  • Develop and deliver the business plan for the Geo team in Plymouth, together with the Director in Bristol.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor's degree in environmental science, geology, engineering, or related field.
  • Sufficient and relevant experience, ideally gained in ground investigation, interpretation, and reporting.
  • Minimum of 6 years of experience in geoenvironmental and geotechnical consultancy.
  • Working knowledge of relevant standards and regulations (BS 5930, 10175).
  • Proficient in project management, financial control, and client relationship management.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Proactive attitude towards professional development and business growth.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Demonstrable skills in writing accurate, concise, clear, and well-constructed technical reports, reviewing the work of others, assessing the technical approach, and determining compliance with relevant guidance and the client’s requirements.
  • Full UK Driving Licence.

What's great about Hydrock now Stantec

We are a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy of over 900 staff in 21 offices across the UK. Our driving motivation is to be a ‘Force for Good’, as it is our aim to improve the quality of people’s lives from our employees to our clients, through to the communities we work in and our planet as a whole through the work we do.  

From the buildings that surround you, the roads and bridges you cross, all related to the infrastructure that we create, we aim to offer the most sustainable possibilities to shape the places, communities and society that we live in through meeting our client’s needs. Through the path we are on to delivering a green future, the result is something that everyone can be proud of. 

Named as Building’s Engineering Consultant of the Year in 2023, we’re known for delivering outstanding sustainable projects for our communities, planet, and society.

Some of these projects have recently received industry accolades, including Cleveland Pools winning the Conservation and Regeneration category at the Construction Excellence South West Awards 2023; Bay Technology Centre named Commercial Project of the Year at the British Construction Industry Awards 2022; YGG Tan-y-Lan picked out in the Integration and Collaborative Working category at Construction Excellence Wales Awards 2022; The Deaf Academy singled out for its Universal Design at the Civic Trust Awards 2022; and Bristol’s iconic waterfront Wapping Wharf Living sweeping up at the Bristol Property Awards.

Take a look at our 2023 end of year film and get a feel for what we’re all about. 


What we can offer you: 

  • Inspiring and supportive colleagues 
  • Reward for progression and hard work 
  • An opportunity to develop your soft skills, as well your technical skills
  • Competitive starting salary 
  • Excellent health benefits 25 days of holiday (buy/sell up to five days), accrue 1 day extra every 2 years, with bonus holidays too!
  • An earlier finish on Friday (4pm!) 
  • An opportunity to give back: “Day off for good cause” (on a workday) 
  • A huge range of flexible benefits, including climate perks and an EV car leasing scheme 


A place to feel included

We champion diversity, equity and inclusion. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we commit to supporting our employees and ensure we create a safe environment that nurtures you to perform at your best. Offering our people flexibility is an important factor in achieving this aim.  

We consider all application individually with the required qualifications and knowledge without regard to any of the protected characteristics. We would like to provide everyone with a fair selection, assessment and employment experience so we ask with are made aware of any physical or neurodiverse condition within your application for which appropriate reasonable adjustments can be made by us. 


Looking for the next steps? 

Once you have completed your application through our careers site, we aim to review and respond to you as soon as your application’s been reviewed.

If shortlisted, a member of our Talent Acquisition Team will call you for an initial pre-screen by phone (typically 30 minutes) to help us assess your motivations and interest in the position and Hydrock now Stantec. 

If you progress following this telephone pre-screen, you will be invited to attend a formal interview by video conference (Microsoft Teams) or in our offices. 

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