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Job Description

GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. (GZA) is currently seeking a Senior Geotechnical Engineer / Practice Leader with 15-plus years of experience to support our practice in our Livonia, MI office. Our related geotechnical projects involve bridges, highways, railroads, tunnels, marine and waterfront developments, water resources and dams, geo-structural analysis, soil and rock slope investigation and stabilization, resource evaluations, foundation design, earth retention design and ground improvement programs, and instrumentation. The successful candidate will have in-depth knowledge of and documented experience in one or several of these practice areas.

This position requires excellent leadership qualities, with a history of successfully managing geotechnical projects and staff in a collaborative work environment, and demonstrated experience developing scope and budget proposals, schedules, qualifications packages, reports, and presentations. The candidate should be self-motivated, well organized, detail oriented, quality focused, safety-minded, and must be able to multi-task. Proven client management and business development skills are key requirements as are a demonstrated ability to grow and foster existing client relationships and proactively identify project opportunities and develop new clients.


Serving as a Senior Geotechnical Engineer and/or technical advisor on projects, conduct and oversee technical assignments, and manage budgets and schedules to meet clients’ needs according to our internal accounting and loss prevention practices. This includes preparation and/or supervision of proposals consistent with GZA's pricing strategy, policies and procedures, and financial responsibilities including the punctual invoicing of clients, collection of accounts receivables, and assisting in the preparation of budgets and business plans.

Mentoring and training junior staff.

Maintaining client relations including conflict resolution.

Assembling a project team, using resources available throughout the Company and sub-consultants as appropriate, which are capable of successfully completing the project.

Developing, expanding, and nurturing client relationships.

Representing GZA in its key contacts with clients, sub-consultants, vendors, and regulatory agencies.

Providing technical quality assurance for all technical assignments.

Promptly recognizing and bringing to Client's attention out-of-scope work as it occurs and executing appropriate change orders so that GZA is paid for necessary services rendered.

Knowing, understanding, and following applicable codes, regulations, and laws.

Recognizing the need for and exercise loss prevention activities to control GZA's risks.

Contributing to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

Working with project teams on geotechnical engineering projects that involve field work, data evaluation and engineering analysis and report preparation for dam, transportation, building, waterfront, energy, and other infrastructure projects.

Growing the Geotechnical Engineering Practice in the Detroit and Michigan area through active business development activities.

Pursuing professional development and participation in appropriate professional and trade organizations.


Desire to lead and grow a local geotechnical practice

Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering with Geotechnical Focus, or Engineering Geology

Relevant local experience with regulatory knowledge and working relationships with the Michigan business community, and federal, state and local agencies

Professional Licensure / Registration

Desire to manage and mentor staff and review and evaluate their work while fostering staff growth and development

Ability to collaborate in multi-office, team environment

Strong attention to detail with excellent analytical skills and judgment

Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate with clients, design team members, contractors, and construction managers

40-hour OSHA HAZWOPER and 8-hr Supervisor’s certifications

Proficient with Microsoft Office suite and knowledge of relevant technical software a plus.

About GZA:

Professional development and enrichment

Exciting work environment

Generous, company-subsidized benefits package, including medical, dental, vision and 401K retirement plan

GZA values diversity and is committed to providing an accepting and inclusive work environment for all employees. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds. GZA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, marital or veteran status, age or other protected status.

Department: Geotechnical

This is a full time position