Principal Geotechnical Engineer

Do you have proven experience of geotechnical design?
Are you looking to develop your career within an exciting engineering and environmental company?

We are seeking enthusiastic Geotechnical Engineers with proven commercial experience in geotechnical engineering design for an immediate start to join our teams within our growing Haywards Heath and Portsmouth offices. The successful candidates will provide technical support to civil/structural engineering projects across the JBA business.

We can offer support with progression towards professional qualification, and a growing and vibrant workload and team working environment. JBA offers agile working with a blend of home working and using our offices for collaboration.

Our workload is primarily focused on coastal and flood risk management projects, in the ground investigation and design stages. Our engineers work within multi-disciplinary project teams helping us to find the most economic and sustainable design solutions.  In addition to the flood risk management work, we also provide support to Network Rail and various local authorities in relation to slope stability investigation and design for road and rail infrastructure.

The candidate will report to a Technical Director and the position will suit a Senior Engineer or a Principal Engineer.

The successful candidate will work closely with engineers and other technical staff from across JBA’s offices.

The main aspects of the role include:

  • Delivery of a range of engineering and environmental improvement projects.
  • Geotechnical modelling.
  • Geotechnical design.
  • Ground investigation planning and supervision
  • Finite element modelling skills would be desirable (but not essential)


This role will be based in our office in Haywards Heath and/or Portsmouth.

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

Further information:

For an informal discussion about the role contact Graham Kenn on +44 (0)1444 509041 

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


Apply by completing a JBA application form and returning with a current CV to

Key Information
  • Job Ref: RSO23-03
  • Closing date: 31.03.23
  • Location: Haywards Heath / Portsmouth
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Qualifications and experience

A degree (or equivalent) in civil or geotechnical engineering is essential. The right candidate is expected to progress towards, or already hold, membership of the ICE or other appropriate institutions.

Demonstrable experience of geotechnical design and numerical modelling with a variety of design packages is considered essential, in particular PLAXIS 3D/2D, but also experience using WALLAP and GeoStudio or similar retaining wall design and slope stability/seepage software would be of interest.

This position will suit a senior engineer to principal engineer looking to progress their career.

The right candidate will have:

  1. Experience of working in a client-focussed organisation.
  2. Excellent report writing and effective communication skills.
  3. A sound appreciation for engineering principles and good analytical skills for problem solving.
  4. Self-motivation and a high degree of organisation.
  5. Full UK driving licence.
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