Senior Geotechnical Engineer

Roughan & O’Donovan (ROD) is looking to recruit a senior geotechnical engineer with seven+ years’ relevant experience for a permanent position within our award-winning geotechnical team.

Job type: Permanent

Location: Sandyford, D.18, Woodford, D.17 and Otley, Leeds

Salary: Competitive

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity for a senior geotechnical engineer with seven+ years’ relevant experience to join our dedicated and talented geotechnical group in delivering complex geotechnical design solutions as part of our overall multidisciplinary team.

ROD has a proven track record, experience and expertise across a range of technical disciplines, including transportation, bridges, buildings, retaining structures, slope stability, hydrology, hydrogeology, through all project stages.

Examples of recent detailed geotechnical solutions include rock/soil slope stabilisation works, ground improvement schemes over soft ground, observational monitoring of construction on peat, cofferdam piling and bridge foundations.

In addition to devising and overseeing ground investigation contracts and earthworks/foundations designs for buildings/bridges and climate resilient infrastructure, the successful applicant will be responsible for supporting our design teams through the provision of specialist geotechnical inputs. 

The role will present you with opportunities to expand your technical knowledge and leadership skills, and you will be supported in your development through all career stages.

About Roughan & O'Donovan

Roughan and O’Donovan (ROD) is a leading civil, environmental and structural engineering consultancy. An independently-owned firm, we employ a multidisciplinary team of more than 200 people, of 20 different nationalities, in our Dublin and UK offices.

Recent awards include:

Our people are the heart of our business, and we invest heavily in their personal and professional development through all stages of career development. We are an Engineers Ireland CPD Accredited Employer and operate an Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) training scheme.

We have developed comprehensive student placement, internship, graduate and chartership support programmes to help our team reach their full potential, both as individuals and as engineers.

We offer wellness packages, flexible working and life event supports, so whatever challenges life may bring, you can feel secure in the knowledge that ROD will provide support and assistance.

Our portfolio includes:

  • bridges, highways, roads, public transport and greenways in Ireland and the UK

  • residential, health, education, office and retail developments

  • asset management

  • research and development

  • environmental services

Current and recent projects include:


  • Identifying preliminary geotechnical risks for projects and option selection analysis

  • Planning, procuring and controlling site investigation contracts for major infrastructure and commercial development projects to manage geotechnical risks 

  • Advising the structures teams on the design parameters for shallow and deep foundations for buildings, bridges, etc.

  • Designing complex foundations to Eurocode EC7, including pile groups and soil-structure interaction problems

  • Interacting with transportation and environmental colleagues to improve routes, drainage requirements, flood defences and coastal protection works

  • Preparing the earthworks to Eurocode EC7 by producing contract documents, including specifications, design drawings and reports

  • Supporting Category 3 check designs of geotechnical design packages

  • Assessing borrow and quarry materials for reuse as embankment fill, drainage, concrete and pavement aggregates for mass haul analysis

  • Pavement foundation design in accordance with TII / UK DMRB

  • Assessing and designing soil improvement techniques for soft ground, including surcharge, vertical drains, vibroflotation, geosynthetic reinforcement, geosynthetic encased columns, piled embankments, mass stabilisation, rolling dynamic compaction, lime/concrete subgrade stabilisation

  • Assessing peat stability and access road drainage and services for upland developments, such as windfarms 


  • Degree in civil engineering / engineering geology

  • Experience in Irish/UK glacial till soils, including major road/rail projects

  • Knowledge of construction techniques for piles and retaining walls

  • Knowledge of soft ground techniques, peat stability and soil reinforcement methods of particular interest

  • Proficient knowledge and work experience using finite element modelling of soil-structure interaction problems (Plaxis)

  • Knowledge of quarry/borrow materials used as aggregates and pavement design

  • Construction experience in earthworks, soil improvement and deep foundations

  • Fluent/highly proficient in spoken and written English 

Key competencies/attributes

  • Strong site investigation project management skills and experience

  • Strong geotechnical design skills

  • Strong project management skills and experience

  • Proven track record working with design teams in a busy work environment

  • Flexibility

  • Strong leadership, presentation and communication skills, including report writing

  • Ability to supervise and lead/mentor junior staff


  • Post graduate qualification in geotechnical engineering or related field, MSc or PhD for example

  • Chartered Engineer status

  • Membership of a recognised professional body in the geotechnical field in UK/Ireland

  • Full driving licence

  • Knowledge of quarry/borrow materials used as aggregates and pavement design

  • Construction experience in earthworks, soil improvement and deep foundations

  • Experience in flood protection projects or marine environments

  • Knowledge of ground remediation/potentially contaminated materials

How to apply

Roughan & O’Donovan is an equal opportunity employer. 

Roughan & O'Donovan will retain, for at least one year, all records arising through the recruitment process for compliance purposes in line with the Employment Equality Acts, 1998-2015.

Roughan & O'Donovan is not accepting unsolicited CVs from search firms.  CVs submitted by search firms without a valid written search agreement, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the sole property of Roughan & O'Donovan, and no fee will be paid in the event of candidate(s) being hired.

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