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Lead Geotechnical Engineer

Requisition ID:  216554

  • Relocation Authorized:  None
  • Project No.:  26129
  • Grade:  26-27
  • Position to be Panel Interviewed?  No 

As Senior Geotechnical Engineer you will:

  • be the routewide Phase 2 geotechnical subject matter lead (SML) and the main interface with ID’s geotechnical subject matter experts;
  • be the designate Principal Designer’s Representative for routewide geotechnical design issues;
  • lead the area teams in the definition of geotechnical  scope, including required investigations etc;
  • develop project specific geotechnical proposals to meet HS2 Ltd’s requirements;
  • support the area teams to deliver consistent, value for money solutions across Phase 2.  
  • Review technical submissions from the design consultants and technical standards for the geotechnical engineering of the project where these relate to route wide earthworks;
  • work with the Phase 2 construction and logistics and transport assessment team to minimise the impact of earthworks operations on the adjacent communities;
  • regularly report on progress, issues and programme; and
  • deputise for the Civil Engineering Manager as required.




You will be expected to:

 actively promote and embed Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all your work, and support and comply with all organisational initiatives, policies and procedures on EDI;

  • enable and support project delivery as the subject matter lead (SML) for Phase 2 geotechnical matters;
  • provide specialist knowledge and leadership for the geotechnical discipline and associated delivery support to the HS2 Ltd business;
  • refine scope of PSC input;
  • manage the delivery of the geotechnical discipline requirements by the PSC in accordance with the specification and requirements required by ID.
  • Interface with ID to ensure the evidence is provided that the technical and assurance requirements are met by the PSCs in their documentation;
  • From the reference design, manage the production of Planning Application packages and the ITT for the D&B main civils works contracts and help assess tender returns.
  • Integrate the geotechnical discipline with the other project disciplines and delivery area teams including architecture, civils, rail, environment, third party interface, construction logistics and planning, etc.
  • Support the area teams through detailed design and construction by D&B contractors to ensure project specification and requirements are met and delivered in a consistent manner.
  • Ensure that all designs are assured in accordance with the Technical Assurance Plan.
  • Ensure safety is a key priority in all aspects of the role.
  • Ensure that all designs are carried out with safe construction and maintenance as a key priority.
  • Participate in CDM reviews, etc., as required, to ensure all CDM requirements are met.



  • Must be fully conversant with relevant geotechnical engineering principles and standards and be able to interpret these in the railway environment.
  • Degree qualified Chartered Engineer with a demonstrable track record of succeeding in a similar role on a major rail or infrastructure project in a multi-disciplinary design and delivery environment.
  • Comprehensive understanding of earthworks engineering, including engineering geomorphology, ground treatments, foundation engineering, embankments and cuttings, reporting and associated risk management.
  • Comprehensive understanding of minerals assessment, mining/extraction and mining dereliction issues.
  • Good knowledge of FEM numerical analytical methods and associated information requirements, as well as a good understanding of contaminated and other land investigation, assessment and remediation is desirable.
  • Good core IT skills including  outlook, excel and Powerpoint



  • Strong communication and influencing skills.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills with proven ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplined management team.
  • Proven ability to organise and plan in order to meet project deadlines.
  • Willingness to travel to meetings outside the normal place of work.
  • The individual should be willing to work flexible hours in order to meet project deadlines.



  • As the discipline lead for geotechnical, the candidate will manage all day to day issues as the SML.  Specialist input may be procured from PSCs or externally as required.
  • Any issues between disciplines may be referred to the Head of Engineering for agreement of the best overall solution.
  • Many decisions will require alignment and joint understanding with the discipline (geotechnical) counterpart in the HS2 ID.
  • May be required to “Prepare or Check” core engineering deliverables.
  • May also be required to “approve” as an accredited assurer.



  • Delivery to scope and budget once established.



  • As SML, the candidate will need to be able to work closely with other discipline leads and area engineers as well as the HS2 ID. Interface will also be required with other project specialists such as external stakeholder managers, town planners.
  • Manage interface across individual HS2 area teams to deliver design consistency.
  • Work within the area teams to identify and mitigate risks and exploit opportunities.
  • Advise area engineers and managers and provide assurance, functionality and integration of the relevant assets.
  • Collaboratively support the area engineer to identify and help resolve all technical standards issues and engineering outcomes, including value engineering.
  • Where applicable to the programme and/or project, take joint responsibility with the area engineer for concept, intermediate, final design and implementation review, acceptance certificate and letter of no objections, and project completion review.
  • review and advise the Head of Engineering regardingHS2 Ltd standards for the geotechnical discipline and provide independent monitoring and auditing of compliance from a scope, safety and quality perspective.
  • Support the area managers in the selection and appointment of geotechnical engineering resources for the programmes and/or projects.
  • Sustain and develop geotechnical engineering skills and knowledge across HS2 Ltd.
  • Establish themselves as an effective representative for HS2 ‘best practice’, the geotechnical discipline), with HS2 supply chain and disseminate ‘lessons learned’ and ‘best practice’ across the programme.



Take reasonable care to ensure your own and others’ health and safety – including those who may be affected by the delivery of this role – by taking personal responsibility for working to the HS2 S.A.F.E programme principles.

Co-operate with HS2 in all matters relating to health and safety, including following safe working procedures at all times and not interfering with measures in place to protect your health, safety or welfare.

Advocate and promote the company’s well-being strategy and policy

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