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Job Description

Since 1930, COWI has pushed the boundaries of design through our involvement on major infrastructure projects worldwide. As part of COWI's Bridge, Tunnel and Marine Structures (BTM) business line, we manage our projects from offices located in the UK, Scandinavia, Germany, Middle East, India, SE Asia and North America.

LTC Cascade is the appointed Technical Partner of Highways England for the development of the Lower Thames Crossing and COWI is part of the JV consortium.

The Lower Thames Crossing is the single biggest roads investment project since the M25 was completed more than 30 years ago. It is unprecedented in size and scale. The longest road tunnel in the country. One of the largest diameter bored tunnels in the world. The opportunity to transform journeys across the south east and beyond.

It will form a vital part of the UK's transport infrastructure, and the areas it will serve are home to economic hubs, key UK ports and thriving communities. It will help businesses large and small to grow and bring people and communities closer to job, education and leisure opportunities.

The Lower Thames Crossing will connect Essex and Kent and almost double road capacity across the Thames east of London. The 70mph crossing and the new connecting road network will provide, quicker, safer and more reliable journeys locally, regionally and nationally.

At the end of 2018 we completed the most significant roads consultation ever undertaken in the UK with a record-breaking response. We are now in a critical phase of the project's development as we seek permission to build the crossing. This is your opportunity to play a career defining role in the biggest investment in the UK's roads for a generation.


As the Senior Geotechnical Engineer for Highways and Structures, you will be responsible for providing support to the highway and structures geotechnical team.

Requirements: knowledge, personal skills and experience required:

Civil engineering degree or higher education, working towards Chartered Engineering status as a minimum

Proven working Knowledge (design and reporting) of HD2208/DMRB/PCF

Proven Geotechnical Experience (both design and reporting) in UK Highways Projects

Clear understanding of UK CDM regulations

Proven experience of earthworks (including reinforced ground, piled embankment) slope stability analysis (including the use of relevant software), design and specification

Proven experience of major earthworks widening design and analyses

Flood protection bunds design (including hydraulic performance) and modelling

Proven experience of design of landscape earthworks

Proven experience of earthwork design using recycled materials and non-HE’s compliant materials

Structures Foundation (shallow and deep) design (including knowledge of the use of relevant software, geotechnical assessment for integral bridges and settlement analyses)

Proven experience of back analyses of capacity and settlement of existing shallow and deep foundations

Retaining Wall design/analyses (including knowledge of the use of relevant software)

Experience in completing assessment of aggressiveness of ground and groundwater to buried concrete to BRE Digest 1

Competent in the use of Holebase SI and of AGS data

Clear understanding of HE soils classification

Clear understanding of UK soils contamination classification, soil contamination use and disposal

Team oriented individual with the ability to work closely with peers

To be able to work across diverse internal stakeholder

Proficient in the use of geotechnical software (e.g. geosolve slope, Slope W, Wallap, Pdisp, Repute, Alps, Holebase, etc)

Interpersonal skills and personal resilience to working under stress/different styles of leadership/getting things done

Microsoft Office skills including Word, PowerPoint and Excel

Role Summary:

You will report to the Ground Engineering Workstream Lead and be accountable for the management, control and coordination of the Highways Geotechnical Manager.

Duties & Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Design and Checking

To provide input and carry out preliminary and reference design of geotechnical “highway structures” including, but not limited to RC retaining walls (gravity, cantilevered, piled, green walls), deep and shallow bridge foundations, earthworks (including reinforced ground and earthworks constructed with non-HE compliant materials), embankment, cuttings, highway culverts, etc

To provide input and carry out preliminary and reference design of flood protection earth bunds (including hydraulic performance), river diversion, ground improvement, load transfer platforms funded on piles/stone columns

To carry out settlement analyses and damage assessment of services, utilities and infrastructures

Select (from factual and interpreted information) suitable geotechnical and hydrogeological data for the design

Assisting with Checking of geotechnical deliverables

Compile geotechnical and CDM risk assessment


Prepare Geotechnical Assessments Notes for Structures and Earthworks in accordance to Highways England’s procedures

Prepare design reports and technical notes for internal use


Liaising with the Structures Team, Environmental (landscaping, sustainability and waste management) Team and “Quantity Surveys” teams

To deliver parent company project governance requirements as required

To consider project legacy and in all decision making in the same way as cost, risk and time

To look for ways to encourage innovative thinking around how to improve legacy benefits

To hold health, safety and welfare (HSW) as a key project value and to participate in the creation, development and implementation of HSW strategies by the project leadership team

Remuneration & Benefits

COWI UK Limited is an equal opportunities employer and believe in rewarding our staff for their commitment and hard work. You will therefore receive a basic salary that will match your skills and experience, coupled with:

28 days holiday plus bank and public holidays

Private health care scheme

Life assurance (4 x salary)

Pension scheme with generous employer contribution

Cycle to work scheme

Childcare vouchers

Long service award of extra pension contributions paid for by the Company and one extra holiday day after 5 years of service

Employee ownership through COWI share programme

How to Apply:

Applying could not be easier, please click the link and follow the simple steps to upload your CV and covering letter to commence what could be the next and most fulfilling chapter in your career to date.

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