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Geotechnical Engineer

We are looking for a Geo-environmental Engineer to join our Strata team. This is a fantastic opportunity for driven and passionate individual, to learn and develop as part of a growing team as part of the Van Elle Group.

Hours: 08:00 till 17:00 Monday to Friday with occasional weekend work

Based: Head Office – Kirkby-in-Ashfield, with National travel as required

About the role

We are looking to recruit a Geotechnical Engineer to join our Strata Division. Strata is our inhouse geotechnical division, and as a Geotechnical Engineer, you will be responsible for key deliverables, ensuring project engineers working under you fulfil contracted duties to our clients. Working alongside and mentoring other staff in Strata, the candidate will provide regular feedback to each engineer and work in close collaboration with other disciplines to deliver the project requirements.

You will split your time between office and site, where you will be involved in geotechnical recommendations, geo-environmental assessments, report writing and ground investigation. As part of this role you will share your knowledge with our engineers and support them in their daily tasks.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Working under technical leads on high profile frameworks such as Rail infrastructure projects and the newly awarded Highways and Coal Authority frameworks
  • Basic contaminated land assessment and making recommendation for site remediation using appropriate best practice and technical guidance
  • Planning, execution and reporting of Phase 1 and Phase 2 Geo-Environmental and Geotechnical site investigations
  • Delivery of geotechnical projects and reports with working knowledge of UK design codes (including EC7 Part 1, and UK annexes), standards and specifications.
  • Liaising with Clients as well as scheduling laboratory testing, logging soil and rock samples and conducting soil and groundwater risk assessments
  • On-site investigation work, analysis, production and checking of technical reports and project management to ensure project KPIs and deliverables are met
  • Working collaboratively with our clients, other engineers and technicians to deliver quality factual and interpretative reports

Key Skills and Experience:


  • Experience in using Ground Investigation Data Management software such as OpenGround/Holebase/GINT
  • Relevant University degree, BEng or BSc or equivalent in Geology, Geotechnics, Environmental Science or similar ideally working towards chartered status.
  • Experience in managing medium and small ground investigation projects
  • Personable with strong communication and relationship building capabilities
  • Working knowledge of soil geotechnical properties, ground investigation techniques, exploratory hole logging/sampling and laboratory testing methodologies
  • Full driving license required


  • Experience implementing and working with GIS systems for GI management purposes
  • Knowledge and experience of using standards and good practice around a variety of areas including earthworks, environmental assessment, remediation, coal workings, geotechnical aspects such as slope stability, foundation recommendations
  • Managing large ground investigations or part thereof

Person Specification:

  • Be able to prioritise and organise own work effectively, as well as able to work under pressure
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Effective planning and organisation skills with strong attention to detail and accuracy methodical and structured approach to problem solving
  • Team player with the ability to communicate effectively at all levels, partnered with a can-do attitude with a flexible approach

What you’ll get in return

We offer our employees great benefits including a 25 days leave, Healthcare Cash Plan, access to our 24-hour confidential employee support line as well as access to a generous pension plan so that you can look forward to a bright future. Our onsite training centre is able to offer ongoing training and development opportunities.

About Us

Over the past 35 years, Van Elle has grown to become the UK’s largest independent ground engineering contractor, successfully completing over 20,000 projects across the UK. Van Elle’s unrivalled range of engineering techniques and design services enables our expert engineering teams to develop technically excellent and cost-effective solutions across a wide number of sectors, from housing, construction to rail.

Employing over 500 people, with a turnover of over £84 million, we have plans to grow and build on our reputation for delivering high quality foundation and ground engineering solutions. Van Elle values diversity and celebrates individual differences, believing that our inclusive family centric culture helps our business continue to grow as a dynamic and innovative organisation.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this type of role. The list is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of this type of role.

Van Elle
Kirkby-In-Ashfield, England, UK