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Golder Associates Principal Geotech Engineer – (Defence) in Richmond, Australia

At Golder, we thrive on challenges.

Golder is not just a place to work, it is a promise of a living, dynamic environment where people collaborate, innovate, build enduring relationships, excel, and grow professionally in a strong culture of ownership.

Golder has a new opportunity for a Principal Geotechnical Engineer (Defence) to join our Team. This role can be based in Sydney/ Melbourne OR Brisbane on a full-time basis. The focus of this role is to lead the delivery of best-practice geotechnical consulting services to Defence clients throughout Australia and collaborate with other discipline leaders to deliver multi-disciplinary projects in the Defence sector.

Key duties and responsibilities will include

  • Deliver best practice consulting services to clients, based in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, but focusing on Defence projects across Australia.

  • Provide technical leadership for geotechnical services on large multi-disciplinary Defence projects.

  • Provide technical advice on complex geotechnical issues to clients and internal staff.

  • Technical reviewer fostering technical quality of deliverables.

  • Manage key Defence client relationships, developing strategy, technical service offerings and significant business opportunities.

  • Build a reputation as technical leader/lead consultant with leadership of tender and project teams on consulting assignments.

  • Leverage the strength and depth of the Golder geotechnical team across Australia to deliver efficient, practical and innovative solutions to clients in the Defence sector.

  • Contribute to Defence sector strategy and direction as a key senior member of the business.

  • Leadership of project teams on consulting assignments.

  • Project management, budgeting and quality control for consulting assignments.

  • Embrace and lead our strong HSSE culture, providing safety leadership in identifying and alleviating/ eliminating high priority safety hazards.

  • Participate in Defence industry groups, expert panels etc. as part of maintaining high industry profile.

  • Liaise with specialists from other disciplines or offices within Golder.

  • Mentor and coach junior through to senior staff with respect to their career growth and professional development.

  • Build a national network of geotechnical professionals across the Golder business focused on the pursuit and delivery of Defence sector projects.

  • Participate in national and global Golder Technical Community forums or other technical society forums such as teleconferences and online. * *

Skills, Qualifications, and Experience

  • Tertiary qualified in civil and/or geotechnical engineering with CPEng accreditation.

  • A well-developed knowledge of tendering and delivering geotechnical services for Defence Infrastructure projects including foundations, pavements, earthworks and excavations across all project phases from initial concept through to design and construction.

  • Experience on large, intermediate and small size Defence projects at a senior level.

  • Previous operational, technical and management exposure within Defence or consulting to Defence sector clients.

  • Excellent communication skills and knowledge of Defence sector protocols and procurement.

  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills with a high degree of attention to detail.

  • Strong ability to analyse, interpret and communicate information.

  • Flexible, adaptive to change and demanding conditions.

  • Collaborative approach and ability to build teams and rapport amongst clients, colleagues and other industry leaders.

Renowned for technical excellence, Golder, a member of WSP, is a leading global specialised engineering and consulting organisation with over 60 years of successful service to its clients. By joining forces with WSP in 2021, Golder is now part of a 14,000-person strong earth and environment practice, providing engineering, remediation, regulatory & compliance, design and environmental services on projects that span all seven continents. Our professionals are driven by a passion to deliver results, offering unique specialised skills to address the ever-evolving challenges that earth, environment, and energy present to clients across the infrastructure, mining, oil & gas, manufacturing and power sectors.

At Golder, we care about our people – we operate with integrity and embrace diversity. All qualified applicants who meet the specific criteria outlined above including the special opportunity criteria are encouraged to apply for this role.

Please note: Golder does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies.


Title: Principal Geotech Engineer – (Defence)

Location: AUS-Richmond

Requisition ID: 21002333