Role Title: Principal Geotechnical Engineer

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Ryder Geotechnical Ltd


Contractually based at Newcastle

The Role

Ryder Geotechnical is a leading multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy, working internationally on projects in the Offshore energy Sector. You will be joining a team of committed and self-driven professionals in a company with ambitious growth plans which is at the forefront of engineering excellence and that is involved in some of the most exciting offshore projects in the world today. We offer an excellent benefit package and competitive salary along with great training and development opportunities.

The role of the Principal Geotechnical Engineer is to manage and deliver projects from both technical and financial perspective; from initial client contact to issue of reports, across all areas of detailed geotechnical assessment in the offshore energy sector. This includes management of client relationships, management of a team of engineers, and working closely with the Engineering Director. Projects can vary from geotechnical design of e.g. foundations, scour assessments, rock berms, or Jack-Up Assessments, through to cable engineering and secondary stabilization assessment.
The role includes supervising projects internally, through delegation and management, review and QC, and actively carrying out project work to satisfy our customer requirements.

Key Responsibilities

Duties will include, but not be limited to the following:


  • Support the Engineering Director and lead team in the preparation of geotechnical studies, designs, and reports, predominantly associated with subsea structures.
  • Maintain time and project records and manage budgets and junior team members.
  • Conduct, review, supervise, and issue data assessments and geotechnical analyses.
  • Client liaison and lead in the preparation of geotechnical study reports.
  • Review and keep a working knowledge of up-to-date design specifications and standards.
  • Develop and manage in house design principles and methodologies to ensure consistency across projects.
  • Assist in the technical and commercial management and planning of the business.
  • Proactively develop technical skills in accordance with the needs of the job and the agreed personal development plan.
  • Carry out business development activities and develop the subsea structures division within Ryder.
  • Takes senior management responsibility for ensuring team and company compliance with HSEQ.
  • Actively participate and lead by example in the Company’s Quality and HSE Systems and Procedures.
  • Upkeep and ownership of your continued professional development including attendance at conferences, publishing works, presenting, and attending training courses. 

Knowledge and Experience

  • Demonstrable experience working in a geotechnical engineering environment in the offshore sector, expected 10 years’ experience minimum with particular focus on seabed infrastructure.
  • Good working knowledge of ground investigation, geotechnical engineering, and geological processes.
  • Experience of offshore geotechnical design, including soil-structure integration, jack up leg penetration assessment, trenching assessments, Cable Burial Risk Assessment (CBRA).
  • Able to lead projects for conception to completion, with client liaison, project planning, team and financial management.
  • Active participation/graduate membership of a professional organisation such as the Institution of Civil Engineers, Geological Society, Society for Underwater Technology. 

Please see the full job description for desirable/mandatory.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Leadership and decision making – takes accountability; self-starter using initiative, decisive and convincing; motivates, empowers, and provides clear direction.
  • Interpersonal skills – effectively communicates and interacts at all levels, including customer based – understanding customer needs and able to communicate with the organisation.
  • Supporting and co-operating – works well with people; collaborator, builds trust; upholds and promotes Tekmar’s values and principles.
  • Interacting and presenting – builds relationships with key stakeholders (internally and externally); ability to influence, persuade and negotiate; confident presenter and strong communicator.
  • Organising and executing – planning and organising through monitoring of clear objectives; customer orientated, and results driven; complies with company policies and procedures to ensure the job is done.

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Closing date for applications: 30 April 2024