Project Geo-environmental Lead / Technical Director

London, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Private Sector
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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We currently have an opportunity for a Geo-environmental Lead within our growing Land Quality team to support the Lower Thames Crossing Project. The successful person will become part of a respected and ambitious company with excellent career prospects and international opportunities.


The Land Quality team provides strategic advice and innovative solutions to manage our clients’ subsurface environmental liabilities and includes technical specialists in the fields of land contamination assessment, hydrogeology, soil science and landfill engineering.


We are working on a diverse range of projects in the private and public sectors and require committed scientists/engineers to support our work. Our mission statement is “We mitigate risks from land contamination, unlock the potential of difficult to develop land, protect finite soil resources and promote sustainable re-use of materials.”


The Geo-environmental Lead is a member of the Ground Engineering Workstream whose role objective is to oversee and coordinate the work of all geo-environmental engineers working on the project, and act as the first point of contact for geo-environmental matters.



• Be the link between the Ground Engineering team in BH and the wider groundwater/geo-environmental team throughout the UK

• With support from the Geo-environmental Technical Advisor and the Head of Ground Engineering, Manage the flow of work requests from the wider project team and coordinate and review outputs from the team.

• Undertake a full critical review of the present version of the geo-environmental conceptual site models for the scheme. The review to be focused on challenging the reliability, significance, relevance and presentation of the data.

• Oversee updating of geo-environmental conceptual site models and integrating these with the geotechnical and scheme risk register.

• Identify and lead the acquisition of outstanding data and other available sources of information

• Complete, with the support of members of the team, the geo-environment inputs to the project desk study for the project based on the preferred alignment to "state of the art" standard, in line with Highways England's HD22/08 requirements.

• Coordinate the production of relevant appendices (e.g. drawings, figures) to the PSSR and Desk Study Report.

• Lead the data analysis and interpretation phase of the project. Ensure the data obtained meets the requirements of the DCO submission and GIR.

• Check technical notes/reports produced by the geo-environmental team and support intra-workstream review requirements as necessary.

• Attend meetings with the HE geotechnical specialist as required.

• Promote innovation, best practice and lessons learned from other major UK/international projects.

• Comply with internal standards, QA processes, policies and all regulatory requirements.

• Interface with internal or external stakeholders, landowners, Statutory and non-Statutory bodies, etc, as required.

• Attend weekly Ground Engineering workstream meetings and provide feedback to the geo-environment team.

• Regularly liaise with the Ground Engineering workstream members.

• Prepare regular updates on the status all aspects of work.



• Applicants should possess a good undergraduate degree in a relevant subject (Soil Science, Geology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Environmental or Engineering related discipline), Chartered with a relevant institution and be currently operating at minimum of Technical Director level or equivalent.

• Proven understanding of land contamination risk assessment, including quantitative risk modelling and ground gas risk analysis is essential.

• Proven ability of support on major linear multidisciplinary infrastructure projects, particularly highways and tunnelling.

• Proven ability of assessing, analysing, interpreting and reporting ground investigation information, including AGS data.

• Proven ability of inputting to HE HD22/08 reports, in particular PSSRs and GIRs.

• A good appreciation of issues associated with hydrogeology, hydrology and geo-environmental aspects, ground contamination and sustainability.

• A good understanding of the London Basin geology and previous work experience of working on projects in the area.

• Proven ability in managing a geo-environmental team and working for the client during the scheme development phase.

• You should be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills and the ability to work as part of a large multi-disciplinary team and build positive working relationships.

• Applicants are required to have a full driving licence.



• An MSc in a relevant subject.

• A good understanding of geology, applied geology, geotechnics, civil engineering for transport infrastructures (including tunnelling) is desirable.

• A knowledge of GIS and data management.


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