Applies intensive and diversified knowledge of geotechnical principles and practices in broad areas of assignments and related fields. Makes decisions independently on geotechnical problems and methods, and represents the organization in conferences to resolve important questions and to plan and coordinate work. Requires the use of advanced techniques and the modification and extension of theories, precepts and practices of geotechnical engineering and related sciences and disciplines. Performs as Lead Geotechnical Professional in responsible charge on technical portions of a project.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:
- Direct field operations and design activities for multiple, concurrent projects
- Coordinate with the Geotechnical Engineering Division Manager to maintain consistency with respect to quality of project deliverables
- Prepares Scope of Services and manpower estimates for geotechnical projects as requested by private clients, construction firms, government entities, other engineering firms, internal staff, and satellite offices.
- Responsible for client relations on assigned projects and responsible for monitoring work in progress for compliance with schedule, budgets and technical correctness. Upon completion, provides feedback on successes and instruction, training and assistance in areas opportune to unit personnel.
- Direct or perform any number of geotechnical analyses and/or designs of geotechnical systems to include, but not limited to, foundations, soil/rock characterization and analysis, design of T-Walls, mechanically stabilized earth retaining walls, spread footings, mat foundations, wood, steel and concrete piles, micro-piles and large diameter drilled shafts for roadway, bridge, culvert, retaining wall and building projects.
- Provide quality management review of geotechnical studies or other deliverables produced by other staff prior to release to the client.
- Performs basic external communications such as writing letters, meeting clients, business development, etc. in relation to project issues.
- Remains familiar with current industry and governmental specifications and standards affecting the projects. Provides advice on proper standards and regulations and the development of policies, strategies, and codes of practice for geotechnical engineering.
- Provide mentorship to staff. Provide technical guidance, support, and oversight to the geotechnical staff.
Administration and Finance
- Works with others as a member of a project team and as required; performs complex tasks. Will be assigned Lead Geotechnical Professional responsibilities on large and more complex projects.
- Directs basic budgeting. Performs multiple tasks such as monitoring project budget hours and making necessary adjustments such as requesting supplements or change orders.
- Responsible for bringing assigned project tasks in on schedule and within budget.
- Makes every effort to meet or exceed assigned utilization goals. Utilization goal for this position shall be 65%.
- Maintains and/or directs actions to maintain good client relations.
- Reports leads to marketing staff in the form of information obtained from personal observations, newspaper articles, conversations and any other means.
- Follows up on qualifying leads as directed.
- Contributes suggestions regarding marketing and business development.
- Participates in preparing proposals, text, budgets, and schedules.
- Contribute significantly to the expansion of existing client relationships and practices and spearheading the diversification of services within the company and the development of new client relationships. Activities include planning, scheduling, client relations, pre-marketing for upcoming projects, creating innovative pursuits strategies, proposal preparation and presentations, preparing scopes of work and fee estimates, making presentations to clients, and negotiating contracts with existing and new clients.
- Participates in a professional or trade association as a member.
- Will be required to evaluate geotechnical staff and assist in conducting performance evaluations.
- Will be required to attend client meetings on an as-needed basis.
- Will assist in filling the staffing needs of the department.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)
- Graduate of a four (4) year college program in geology or civil engineering.
- Fifteen (15) years of experience or a combination of a Master’s degree in Geology or Geotechnical Engineering and the relevant experience necessary to perform the essential duties of the job.
- Licensed professional geologist or engineer in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of Delaware or ability to obtain licensure by reciprocity within 6 months
- Sufficient knowledge of geotechnical techniques to be responsible for their entire application in a discipline on a project.
- Valid Driver’s License
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.
Work is performed mostly in office settings. Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments, construction sites or public works facilities. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate drafting instruments, computers and various pieces of office equipment.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 45 pounds.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $80,000.00 - $135,000.00 per year
- 401(k) Matching
- Dental Insurance
- Disability Insurance
- Employee Assistance Program
- Flexible Spending Account
- Health Insurance
- Life Insurance
- Paid Time Off
- Parental Leave
- Professional Development Assistance
- Referral Program
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Vision Insurance
- relevant: 10 years (Preferred)
- Professional Geologist or Engineer (Preferred)
- Temporarily due to COVID-19