Principal Geotechnical Engineer
NHBC has an amazing opportunity for a Principal Geotechnical Engineer to join their Standards, Innovation and Research team (Home-based). The role of the Principal Geotechnical Engineer is;
As part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionally qualified Engineers, ensure the retention and development of both external and internal customers by the application of specialist technical knowledge and understanding of NHBC Standards and Building Regulations.
Deliver an efficient and effective service on Land Quality Endorsement consultancy services and provide support to NHBC Core, Building Control Services Ltd and Claims in accordance with the business area Service Level Agreement and Standard Operating Procedures to ensure NHBC, customer and statutory requirements are met.
About the Role
To assist in the management of a multi-disciplinary team of professionally qualified Engineers.
Deputise for the LQE Manager as and when required.
Assist with the preparation of management and financial reports and/or staff development including training, coaching and mentoring as required.
Provide technical support and assistance to others in NHBC within area of specialism.
Undertaking quality monitoring of staff as part of the quality management process.
Represent NHBC in industry and standard setting groups, conferences and at a senior level with customers as a technical specialism expert at seminars or industry work groups.
Deliver a profitable service in line with business objectives and manage risk to NHBC Group on proposals under the LQE service. Provide technical support to other areas of the business as required.
Manage own workload, projects and allocated tasks to ensure relevant SLA’s are achieved.
Provide professional technical advice as well as support on the assessment of foundation/geotechnical designs for compliance with Building Regulations and warranty standards as necessary including resolving geotechnical aspects of any submissions.
Negotiate with developers, builders and their professional advisors to ensure geotechnical proposals in relation to sites being assessed through the Land Quality Endorsement service, as well as building control and warranty submissions, are satisfactory with respect to relevant regulations/NHBC Standards.
Assist with the management of the warranty aspects by supporting engineers and inspection staff with the provision of expert advice, inspection of high risk/complex solutions and review of progress.
Prepare technical reports for builders/developers and/or professional advisors and check reports prepared by others.
On foundation related claims, agree brief with client, undertake investigations, report on finding, prepare solutions for remedial work schemes, issue tender information, assess costs and undertake site inspections.
Manage all aspects of assigned claims projects to ensure delivery of outputs is within specified timescales and budget.
Keep up to date with NHBC’s IT systems.
Ensure compliance with NHBC and HSE requirements for personal safety and that of others.
Deliver technical presentations to both internal and external customers as required.
Assist with training, coaching and mentoring of others as required.
Contribute to the Operations Directorate Business plan
Assist in implementing business efficiencies and opportunities for growth of the business.
Promote NHBC’s business objectives and manage customer relationships and contribute to securing business so as to assist in achieving the required LQE income.
Provide guidance to developers, builders, their consultants and NHBC colleagues on geotechnical and foundation related aspects of the Building Regulations, NHBC Standards and/or Claims.
Proactively resolve customer complaints & manage conflict and disagreement by effective and appropriate escalation.
Demonstrable extensive experience in the geotechnical sector, site investigations, site assessments, geotechnical and foundation designs, preparation and assessment of earthworks specifications and geotechnical remediation strategies for brownfield and complex geotechnical sites.
Appropriate accredited first degree.
Full membership of an appropriate professional body/institution and Chartered status.
Proven ability to make pragmatic risk-based decisions on technical solutions and on compliance with regulations and/or standards.
Ability to assimilate complex information quickly and accurately.
Able to negotiate successfully with the ability to influence others.
Ability to deliver technical training and/or mentoring to colleagues or externally.
Advanced knowledge of investigations and testing associated with soils and earthworks, geotechnical remediation techniques and verification for poor quality soils and fills, ground gases, UK soils conditions, geotechnical design and theory and foundation solutions.
Able to draft, author and check detailed technical reports and guidance, procedures and processes.
Salary & Benefits
£45,013 – £48,662 (depending on experience).
Up to 6% performance related bonus.
26 days pa annual leave with option to purchase one additional week per year.
Pension scheme to Pension Mark Plus standards (up to 10.5% of salary employer contribution).
Equalised Paternity, Maternity and Adoption Leave.
Life assurance of 4 x salary.
Subsidised private medical insurance.
Cycle purchase scheme.
High street discounts and preferential gym.
Employee assistance programme.
As part of our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint hybrid and electric cars are part of our company car range – once eligibility is reached this option will be available to you if your role requires a company car.
Apart from working with great colleagues who are passionate about what they do, we pride ourselves on developing individuals to achieve their full potential and offer exceptional personal development and career progression opportunities. We also support, sponsor and pay for training and membership to relevant professional organisations. All necessary equipment and other allowances associated with working from home will be provided.
Always happy to talk flexible working
We encourage employees to work flexibly in different ways including home working, field working and both formal and informal flexible working arrangements. We don’t promise we can offer you what you want, but we are always happy to talk flexible working. In the interview process we’ll discuss this more with you.
Diversity and Inclusion
NHBC is committed to equal opportunities for all. We are a signatory to the Armed Forces Covenant and the Women in Finance Charter. Our inclusive culture helps us to maintain competitive advantage as we aim to attract people from diverse backgrounds to complement our team. Underlying our overall commitment to equality is the fundamental belief in the right of all employees and customers to be treated with dignity and respect and to be guaranteed freedom from discrimination.
Excellent – Proud and professional in all that we do.
Connected - Collaborating, sharing and achieving success as a team.
Human - Challenging, supporting and respecting each other.
Progressive - Inspired by possibilities, learning and adapting together.
Closing Date: Friday 24th September 2021