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Job Description

Senior Geotechnical Engineer Are you looking for an opportunity to…

  • Leave a positive impact on the environment and communities?
  • Solve some of the most complex geotechnical challenges faced by the mining industry?
  • Work on some of the largest mine sites and tailings dams in the world?
  • Work with a group of highly motivated, technical, like-minded professionals?
  • Mentor a team of highly motivated individuals?
  • Significantly impact growth and development for a small regional office?

 What makes us stand out?Aren’t all consultancies the same? We don’t think so. One of our tag lines “Down to Earth / Up to the Challenge” says a lot about who we are. Our staff are inquisitive, curious, and dedicated to solving complex problems and our size allows us to draw on colleagues across the globe just as easily as if they were across the hall. In broad terms we think KCB’s primary differentiators are:

  • Appetite to tackle problems with unique complexities;
  • Real access to some of the sectors most amazing talent;
  • Our owner’s mindset;
  • Our size (we’re a mid-sized consultancy); and
  • The breadth of our multi-disciplinary services.

 What you would engage in:Our focus is on the application of critical thinking to the management of mine waste and water. If continuing your career journey with us, you would be part of our Mining Environmental Group, based in our Phoenix office. The role of Senior Geotechnical Engineer comes with the flexibility to work a hybrid schedule and will provide you with the opportunity to:

  • Support and lead tailings storage facility projects in the design, construction, operation and closure phases for global mining projects.
  • Contribute to risk assessments, dam safety assessments and risk-informed decision making
  • Engage with clients, colleagues and suppliers on environmentally focused field programs and design solutions
  • Work with the latest versions of industry software
  • Lead less experienced staff through the methodologies of TSF design solutions
  • Build client rapport that develops projects from feasibility through to mine closure phases
  • Expand your knowledge by attending conferences and trainings
  • Be an ambassador for and potentially become an owner of KCB

 What we require:We respect the knowledge and experience you have gained to date and are willing to help you build on it. We do however require the following qualifications:

  • A degree in civil, geotechnical, or geological engineering, with a track record of continued development
  • At least 10 years of experience in geotechnical engineering, applied to mining projects.
  • You must be eligible to register as professional engineer in the US.
  • Experience in slope stability and seepage analysis; dam design; earthworks and construction; site investigation and laboratory testing of soils and rock.
  • An ability to build relationships with multidisciplinary project-based teams
  • Experience in a safety focused environment with near miss and incident reporting requirements

In addition to the “must have” requirements you will excel in the role if you have the following:

  • An ability to find creative solutions and know how to present them
  • A willingness to mentor others and be mentored
  • An ability to build rapport with clients, colleagues, and industry partners
  • An ability to be flexible and seek solutions rather than focus on problems

 Along with continued career development, KCB offers:

  • Hybrid work opportunities
  • Annual performance and salary review
  • PSMJ’s supported track record of profitability, leading to above average bonus payouts
  • Vacation policy that aligns to your experience
  • Paid OT, and sick days
  • Employee health benefits
  • Dedication to WEF’s “Four Pillars” of Environment Social Governance framework, Governance, People, Planet and Prosperity

 We are a global organization committed developing a respectful workplace founded on the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We strive to be a workplace where our employees, clients, and the communities in the regions we operate, feel valued and are treated equitable. We respect the uniqueness that makes you, you. We encourage applications from all qualified career seekers, regardless of gender, sex, religion, or nationality. To learn more about projects you could be a part of check out Projects - KCB ( and our Careers page for more details.