Principal Geotechnical Engineer

Are you looking to be a key member of a team taking on diverse and complex ground engineering challenges?
Would you like to work on projects that seek to improve the environment and protect society from the impacts of climate change?

Do you want to develop your career in a growing, employee-owned company at the heart of climate resilience? We are seeking an experienced Geotechnical Engineer with sound experience in design, for an immediate start to join our team within our growing Leeds office.  The successful candidate will provide technical support both office and site based to civil/structural engineering problems across a wide range of market sectors.  The role will report to a Geotechnical Technical Director and will be pivotal to the delivery of a range of engineering and environmental improvement projects, including options appraisal, concept design and detailed scheme design. 

Our workload is primarily focused on flood risk management and coastal defence projects, from the ground investigation and initial optioneering stages, through to detailed design and construction.  We work across a wide range of civil engineering sectors including, environmental, industrial and transportation throughout the UK and abroad.  Our engineers work within multi-disciplinary project teams helping us to find the most economic and sustainable design solutions. We are also on various UK engineering frameworks, including helping the Coal Authority manage their mining legacy, and you will work closely with our hydrogeology teams on the design of new remedial projects. In addition, we also provide support to Network Rail and various local authorities in relation to slope stability investigations and infrastructure design.

The successful candidate will be expected to deliver geotechnical elements of projects, with support from senior team members. You will design, manage and assess ground investigations, before helping to analyse and design engineering solutions. You will be exposed to a range of geotechnical problems, from slope stability issues to retaining walls to seepage issues through dams and will be mentored by senior staff to develop your engineering skillset.


This role will be based in our city centre Leeds, LS1 2HL office and will work closely with engineers and other technical staff from across JBA’s offices.  You would be joining a dynamic team in Leeds who are enjoying project success which has been recognised by recent industry awards.  Some site work will be required.

JBA supports agile working which provides for greater flexibility with the way that we work.

Key Information
  • Job Ref: RES23-03
  • Closing date: 30.09.23
  • Location: Leeds
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Qualifications and experience

Key competencies required for the role:

A degree (or equivalent) in civil engineering or geology is essential, a postgraduate geotechnical qualification would be considered advantageous, and candidates should be actively pursuing professional chartership.  

We are looking for applicants with effective communication skills, who are able to work as part of a larger multi-disciplinary team and provide support to junior staff.

Self-motivation and a high degree of organisation are essential.  The ability to deliver work on time and manage own workload are required.

A full UK driving licence is required.

JBA Consulting is a client-focused organisation. Excellent report writing and effective communication skills are therefore essential to this role.  Candidates should have a sound appreciation for engineering principles and good analytical skills for problem solving. 

Further information:

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Ben Darville t: 0113 426 8563.

Note:  JBA run a comprehensive Graduate Scheme and recent graduates interested in working for us should apply via that route


Please send a completed JBA application form, together with a current CV to

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