Due to a healthy forward looking workload and continued team growth we are looking to recruit Senior/Principal and/or Associate Level Engineering Geologists/Geotechnical Engineers in our London\Watford office. The successful candidate will hold a key and permanent position in the team and be responsible for continued development of more junior staff, client base and help manage geo-environmental workload across the south.


A practical and dedicated Geotechnical Engineer is required to manage a growing geotechnical and environmental team comprising of engineering geologists, and geo-environmental and geotechnical engineers. The successful candidate should have strong project management experience, able to lead technical project teams, robust technical abilities and a strong sense of customer service. Principal to Associate level engineers should also have experience and willing to contribute to business development. The candidate would preferably have experience in a range of sectors, including road and rail, industrial, residential, commercial and leisure developments, providing robust, technically sound and cost effective solutions to Clients throughout.

The successful candidate would be expected to have the following abilities and performance expectations:

  • Experience in undertaking, scoping and reviewing Preliminary Risk Assessments and Intrusive Ground investigations including understanding of currently available ground investigation, sampling and laboratory analysis techniques
  • A basic understanding of contaminated land legislation and planning regime, with the support of geo-environmental specialist staff
  • Interpretative report writing and reviewing including a comprehensive understanding of ground models, geotechnical engineering properties and soil behaviours
  • Prepare, review and/or authorise competent Ground Investigation Reports and Geotechnical Design Reports


  • A thorough understanding in the assessment and detailed design of:
    • Temporary works e.g., crane bases, working platforms
    • Slope stability
    • Foundations (Shallow and deep)
    • Earthworks Specification
    • Reinforced Earthworks
    • Retaining Structures
    • Soil & Rock engineering
    • Ground improvement
    • Ground movement and settlement/subsidence
    • Mineral workings and natural cavities
    • Basement engineering
  • Experience in considering construction techniques and constraints and value engineering appraisals
  • Ability to deliver projects and work within a multi-disciplinary consultancy, with awareness of structural, civil and transport capabilities in the wider firm
  • Ability to provide technically sound and commercially focussed proposals and reports based on a clear understanding of clients requirements
  • Experience in client facing roles, developing good working relationships with other professionals within wider project teams and an enthusiasm towards business development and marketing.

Candidates would be expected to be proficient in the use of the Microsoft Office suite. A good working knowledge of AutoCAD, ArcGIS, RocScience (Slide, RocFall), Oasys (pDisp, Xdisp), gINT, PLAXIS and Wallap software is expected.


A good degree in Earth Sciences, Geology or Civil Engineering is required. An MSc in Geotechnics or Engineering Geology or a related subject would be beneficial but is not essential. Candidates are expected to be chartered/near chartered dependent on level. PTS trained is a bonus.


The current permanent employment opportunity offers a competitive salary and excellent flexible benefits package for permanent staff which includes training opportunities, reimbursement of professional fees, contributory pension, personal health care plan and life insurance, interest-free travel loan scheme, additional leave purchase and buy-back scheme, staff loyalty bonus. Additional benefits may vary between offices. You can learn more about our staff benefits here.


We aim to be the number one team and company of choice for our clients, who seek integrated and high-quality services.

As an employer, we are motivated to support and develop our staff and to provide an environment where people can flourish and reach their full potential. We are committed to taking equity, inclusion and diversity seriously and support and encourage staff from all backgrounds, genders, age, LGBQT+, race, faith and cultures. We offer a range of inclusive policies, including hybrid working arrangements and family-friendly flexibility and support.

The role offers excellent career progression opportunities within a fast paced, friendly and professional team that is proud of the quality of the service it delivers to its unrivalled list of Clients, whilst having a clear vision for innovation and sustainable design. This is an opportunity to earn while you learn on your way to a bright future.

To apply for this position, send your CV to recruitment@fairhurst.co.uk stating the position for which you are applying.