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about 1 year ago
Atkins Global
Location: UK
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Power & Energy
Category: Geotechnical Jobs
The Atkins Infrastructure business is looking to appoint an experienced and dynamic Technical Director to lead some of our key geotechnical work in the energy sector and to provide wider technical leadership for project teams that deliver complex soil-structure interaction analysis problems across a wide range of other sectors.

As a Technical Director you would also be part of the senior leadership team contributing to the development of technical strategy across our Ground Engineering Practice. Candidates must have experience of delivering innovative geotechnical solutions within the energy sector and for foundations, earthworks and retaining walls.

Our Ground Engineering Practice is a key part of the Atkins Infrastructure Division that is 3000 staff strong. As one of the UK’s leading providers of geotechnical consultancy services, Atkins offers a comprehensive service in ground technology. With more than 300 professionals, Atkins’ geotechnical reputation is built on the skills, excellence and commitment of our people, in all aspects of geotechnical engineering. Our geotechnical teams work in a multidisciplinary and collaborative environment, solving some of the world’s most challenging engineering problems across a wide range of sectors.

Atkins has an impressive current portfolio of prestigious geotechnical projects in the UK and internationally. We need to increase our resources to meet the growing demands from our clients, especially in the energy sector, which includes carbon capture & storage, renewable energy (wind, current and hydro-power), low carbon engineering, offshore and onshore oil & gas and nuclear power.

As a result, we’re looking to grow our team and looking for people with the drive and enthusiasm to embrace the future. We have the depth of knowledge and breadth of expertise to help you build a bright future in this exciting and rapidly evolving sector. We have offices throughout the UK and depending on the particular skillset and experience of the applicant we may consider locating the role in one of several of our UK hub offices.


The successful applicant will be a technical director level geotechnical engineer with a proven strong technical and project delivery track record.

Excellent technical skills are required relevant to our work in the energy sector. The applicant will be able to demonstrate the experience and ability to act at a national level as one of the leading practitioners in the industry.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate good commercial skills that will help us develop and expand our energy geotechnical capability in the renewable, oil & gas and nuclear sectors by building on our existing portfolio and through proactive business development of new work streams.

Candidates should have:

* A strong academic background with a relevant degree (ideally MSc or equivalent)
* Chartered status
* Proven experience of acting at director practitioner level in a fast-moving engineering consultancy environment
* Excellent interpersonal and technical skills and the ability to develop and lead geotechnical design teams
* Excellent communication skills and confidence to liaise with clients
* Good commercial track record in negotiating and running successful jobs
* Excellent report writing skills with the ability to self-check and produce accurate work
* A flair for digital and innovation
* A willingness to travel on short assignments both within the UK and overseas
* Candidates would require a driving licence

Experience of geotechnical work in the energy sector for this senior role is desirable but not essential if the key transferrable skills can be demonstrated.


The learning and development experience in our Ground Engineering team is different to that at most other companies. Here we thoroughly recognise the importance of our people and we invest for the long term to provide them with the technical, commercial and managerial expertise they need throughout their career. At Atkins our staff continue to learn and develop irrespective of their position or experience.

Our investment includes our acclaimed technical conferences, regular presentations and discussion groups, field trips, bespoke training courses as well as active on the job mentoring. Fulfilling learning and development experiences include the opportunity for international assignments in a variety of countries.

We have also increased our investment even further by launching our Ground Engineering Professionals Programme, facilitating strong professional development to match the passion and skills of our talented people post-chartership.

Flexible Working

We welcome the opportunity to discuss a flexible working pattern for this vacancy. For roles advertised under the category of flexible working we would encourage you to explore the flexible working options we are able to offer during the interview process.

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary it will be discussed with you at interview

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