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Senior Geotechnical Engineer

Roughan & O'Donovan
ROI or UK office
Closing date
12 Nov 2021

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Roughan & O’Donovan (ROD) is looking to recruit a senior geotechnical engineer with 7 or more years’ relevant experience for a permanent position within its award-winning geotechnical team. ROD has offices in Sandyford, Dublin 18, Northwood, Dublin 9 and Otley, Leeds, UK.

Location: ROI or UK Office

To apply: Email 

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity for a senior geotechnical engineer with 7 or more 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 and planning. 

In addition to devising and overseeing ground investigation contracts and earthworks/foundations designs, you will also 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 developing your career with us, every step of the way.

About Roughan & O'Donovan

Roughan and O’Donovan (ROD) is one of Ireland's leading civil, environmental and structural engineering consultancies with a growing presence in the UK. 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 ‘Project of the Year’ at the ACEI Engineering Excellence Awards 2021 for the Motorway Operations Control Centre in Dublin and the ‘Geoscience Ireland Award’ at the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards 2018 for the Northern Spire Bridge in Sunderland, UK.

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, mental health and life event supports, so whatever challenges life may bring, you can feel secure in the knowledge that you will be taken care of.

We provide services through all project phases and 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:


  • 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
  • Preparing the earthworks to Eurocode EC7 by producing contract documents, including specifications,design drawings and reports
  • Assessing borrow and quarry materials for reuse as embankment fill, drainage, concrete and pavementaggregates
  • 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 etc.


  • BSc in civil engineering / engineering geology
  • Minimum 4 years’ 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 with tight deadlines
  • Flexibility
  • Excellent 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
  • Knowledge of ground remediation/potentially contaminated materials

How to apply

  • Address your cover letter to Human Resources
  • Specify the position you are applying for and where you first saw it advertised
  • Copy and paste your cover letter and CV into the body of your email (rather than sending them as separate attachments)
  • Email your CV and cover letter to

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.


ROD attracts the highest calibre engineers and technicians, drawn by the opportunity to work on a wide range of challenging projects with talented colleagues in a high achieving professional environment. With our leading record of major projects and our work on the development of design standards, our workforce are highly regarded in the industry. Applications for vacancies listed below should be sent to

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Arena House, Arena Road,
Dublin 18
D18 V8P6
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