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Principal Geotechnical Engineer

A F Howland Associates Ltd
Norwich, East Anglia, NR4 6UF
Closing date
Apr 26, 2024

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Geotechnical Engineering
Position Type
Engineer, Staff Engineer
Organization Type
About theCompany

AF Howland Associates Limited(AFHA) is a well-established geotechnical andgeo-environmental consultancy with two cost centres based in the South East of England. Our head office is located in Norwich, Norfolk and we have a subsidiary office in Long Melford,Suffolk.

From thesewe operate nationally on infrastructure, utilities frameworks, and small to large developments on both greenfield and brownfield projects throughout the UK. We specialise in providing the necessary data to allow the design and construction of engineering projects from the initial ground investigation through to reviewing the ground parameters for the scheme in hand. This may include the installation of highquality geotechnical and environmental instrumentation for monitoring civil engineering andinfrastructure works, to include ground gas and water quality assessments.

We have a particular expertise in the trenchless construction and for assessing the consequential soil; structure interaction and for gaining regulatory authority approval for such works.

Wehave developed our own industry approved software(GEODASY) forgeotechnical data processing and its assessmentto simplify, and improve the production of report ready exploratory hole records sheets and other data charts.

AFHA joined the Celnor Group in December 2023 and benefits from the support of the Group andthe interaction with other organisations underthe Groupumbrella.

About theGroup

Celnor is a group of complementary businesses offering a broad range of inspection, testing, certification and compliance (TICC) services to commercial clients across the UK. Ourmember companies provide the data, consulting and the insight our customers need to manage sustainable development and compliance withenvironmental and occupationalregulations.


We seek a highly motivated andexperienced individual to join our team based in Norwich, Norfolk at asenior/principallevel to assist with the technicaldevelopmentand expansion of ourgeotechnical projects.

The role will be diverse, and theresponsibilitiesassociated with thisposition include:

Liaison withclients

Tendering and all aspects ofcontractmanagement

Fieldwork, data analysis alongwith interpretative reportwriting

Management and the development of otheremployees

Technicaldevelopmentand expansion of current and newbusiness.

You should be familiar with UK siteinvestigationtechniques and practise and be able tounderstand soils and rock to BS5930+A2 and be familiar with the requirements ofEurocode7 as a basis forthe preparation ofgeotechnicaldesigns,including but not limited to slope stability, excavations, retainingwalls andfoundations.A particular experience or interest in trenchlessconstructionsystems wouldbe an advantage and their relationship tocertificationin accordance withCD 622 and NetworkRail procedures for under road (URX) and under trackcrossings (UTX).

If you seek more than the normal career pathexpectations,this provides a rareopportunity to joina young and growing team and to enjoy a high degree ofself-controlover your ownprofessional development. The Company will expect therefore a high level of personalresponsibilityandthe success of the appointment willbe measured onresults.

Ifyou feel thatyou have the right attributes to handle the task, then we would like to hear from you. A competitive remuneration package is available, the details of which will be negotiable and subject to experience.


Relevant qualification/experience inGeoscience, Engineering orGeo Environmental/Geotechnical relateddiscipline.

Substantial experience workingat a Senior level within aGeotechnical/Environmental capacity

Full UK Drivinglicence

IT literacy(MSpackages)

Fluency in spoken and writtenEnglish

Right to work inUK

A valid CSCS card(preferable butnotessential)

What we can offer
  • We offer professional development opportunities.
  • The package also includes life assurance scheme, 28 days annual leave (20 days flexible plus 8 bank holidays), contributory pension(the company will match employee contributionsup to 5% of grosssalary).
  • A mobile phone and culture and encourages all staff to engage in the wellbeing of the "hive".
  • All colleagues are invited to our social events where we can informally chat and enjoy fun activities such as 10 pin bowling, etc.
  • AFHA is an equal opportunities employer. No applicant will be treated less favourably on the grounds of sex, marital or parental status, race, ethnic or national origin, colour, disability, sexual orientation, religion orage.


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