Senior Geotechnical Design Engineer - Tunnelling & Structures

Joseph Gallagher is the leading UK based Civil Engineering & Tunnelling sub-contractor, growing significantly in the last 37 years into an international business. We have an award-winning reputation, industry leading safety culture and have had the privilege to be a part of some of the most critical infrastructure projects taking place today.

Our capabilities range from intricate traditional hand tunnelling techniques, to cutting-edge construction methods on large scale tunnelling projects. We have equal reputation in the residential development market for low to high rise concrete frame structures.

Integral to the construction capability is the technical design consultancy we provide in the form of design development, permanent works and temporary works design. Our work is both exciting and fast paced, and as a division we are expanding, with a growing workbook portfolio.

We are seeking a Senior Geotechnical Engineer to join our Design team, based in Leeds

The role will require you to provide Geotechnical consulting support on all aspects of tunnelling design from project inception to construction, with an emphasis on geotechnical report writing in support of Network Rail and Highways England approvals for tunnelling projects.  

You will be experienced in the field of Geology in the UK and technically competent to produce geotechnical interpretive models, for all aspects of tunnelling to EC7 standards.  You will be skilled in producing geotechnical based design and checking the designs of others.

Typical applications include:

  • Shaft design, including buoyant stability, jacking collars, reinforced concrete bases, tremie plugs, cover slabs & opening support structures
  • Tunnel designs for Timber Headings & Microtunnelling/Pipejacking
  • Thrust walls, head walls, launch frames & pipeline proof loads
  • Excavation Stability and support, with a thorough understanding of geotechnical principals for shoring techniques and design of sheet piles & frames, PC modular units, king post etc.
  • Earth work stability, slope stability analysis & soil nailing
  • Crane platforms
  • Tunnelling impact assessments

Duties & Responsibilities include, but are not limited to

  • Managing design deliverables to tight program dates
  • Ensuring designs are produced to industry standards and codes and are checked and approved to comply with company quality procedures
  • Coordinating external consultants and third-party checkers
  • Liaising with clients and the project construction teams
  • Contributing to the success of the business by supporting business development activities, including tenders
  • Showing leadership to manage and mentor engineers and technicians and assist with professional development.

Skills & Experience

  • You will have a high level of technical skill with accomplished geotechnical design skills and a sound structural grounding.
  • You will be a team player, capable to lead within your field of expertise
  • You will have a sound understanding of health and safety regulations, design risk assessment for your field of expertise, and be capable of identifying geotechnical risk
  • You will have excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively with the team and external clients.
  • You will have excellent written English and grammar to enable you to write varying types of reports for client communication and statutory authorities’ approvals such as Network Rail and Highways England.
  • You will be educated to a Master's level in Geotechnical or Geology based engineering.
  • Ideally you will be Chartered or near with a recognised institution, such as the ICE. Training will be provided to motivated candidates.


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