AECOM Careers UAE – Principal Engineer – Geotechnical


Job Summary

The Principal Engineer – Geotechnical is a senior technical resource and serves as the technical advisor for the team. Plans works, provides technical reviews and quality management. Shares technical expertise and experience with others in the company via internal technical communication and presentations. Responsible for the development of high-quality design outputs. Able to do hands-on design.


May act as a line manager and should be able to mentor, monitor timekeeping and carry out performance reviews, providing feedback on allocated technical staff. Plays an active role in the technical development of the allocated team. Able to monitor and track the budget for specific tasks within the project.

Prepares technical specification sections and completes feasibility studies and is able to add input and value to designs. Performs quality control reviews of design calculations and drawings following policies and procedures Provides specialised input to studies and design within their specific area of expertise. Develops solutions to complex and challenging issues using engineering methodologies to define new procedures when needed. Independently evaluates, selects, and applies standard industry techniques to execute work assignments. Identifies and develops new processes that lead to improved efficiency or work quality. Engages with project technical teams within a field of expertise to confirm project approach. Liaises with authorities to obtain permits and approvals and to discuss technical advances. Resolves technical issues concerning conflicting requirements or complex coordination. Develops construction cost estimates and estimates of technical effort/man-hours for projects. Supports the design team on technically complex and challenging projects and brings innovation into the design.

May be required to act as Project Manager on small to medium size discipline-specific projects. Has an excellent understanding of project delivery requirements. Should be well versed in the use of Earned Value Management to assess the progress of design against budget.

Supports business development and selling initiatives to expand work assignments, including managing client relationships and expectations. Assists with proposals and participates in the development of bids and technical write-up for proposals. Leads communication with clients to discuss work scope, requests information to support project execution Presents to clients, senior leadership and other project stakeholders to demonstrate progress and clearly explains design principles.

Responsible to coordinate with the other disciplines to ensure there are no design gaps and provide fully coordinated design deliverables. This includes the support of the construction supervision teams.

The candidate should have specific experience in the following.

  • Geotechnical Investigations
  • Assessment of Geotechnical Parameters
  • Preparation of Ground Models for different design situations
  • Shallow Foundation Design
  • Deep Foundation Design
  • Earthworks (Embankment) Design
  • Slope Design
  • Excavation Lateral Support Design
  • Ground Improvement Design
  • Liquefaction Assessment

The following would be considered beneficial

  • Geophysical Survey
  • Seismic Design
  • Geotechnics of dam design

Minimum Requirements

The use of the following software packages or their equivalent is required.

  • Slope/W or Slide
  • Seep/W
  • Plaxis 2D or RS2 or Sigma/W
  • Repute, Group and LPile
  • PDisp or Settle 3D
  • CPeT-IT
  • CLiq or Liquefy-Pro
  • A 3D FEM would be considered an advantage.
  • Good knowledge of contracts relating to investigation, survey and construction works.
  • A balance of experience between design and site would be an added benefit.
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Engineering Geology
  • Geological Engineering
  • Foundation Engineering
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Rock Engineering
  • Mining Engineering

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science or Engineering from an accredited University in one or more of the following subjects and a Master of Science / Engineering or PhD would be preferred.

What We Offer

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career.

When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Engineering – Civil

Business Line Transportation

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Arab Emirates

Position Status Full Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 270987BR

Virtual: No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Job Details:

Company: AECOM

Job Type: Full Time

Job Location: Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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