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Geotechnical Engineer

Glasgow, Scotland / Inverness, Highlands, Scotland / Perth, Perth & Kinross, Scotland
£47600 - £71600 per annum + Car Allowance, Performance Related Bonus
Closing date
5 May 2024

Job Details

Geotechnical Engineer (HVDC Cable Systems)

About the Role

Base Location: We're proud to offer a Flexible First approach to work, and this role is no exception. We will, however need your base 'home' location to be one of our SSEN Transmission Offices (Perth / Inverness / Aberdeen / Glasgow)

Salary: £47,600 - £71,600 + company car / cash allowance + performance-related bonus + a range of other benefits to support your family, finances and wellbeing.

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time | Flexible First options available

What is the Role?

As part of SSEN Transmission Pathway to 2030 programme of works, we are looking for a Geotechnical Engineer to join our UVDC Project Engineering team to help drive forward our projects and who can bring big ideas, new skills and innovative thinking to help us grow our teams to successfully deliver a network for Net Zero.

Many of the Pathway to 2030 projects are new HVDC projects which incorporate HVDC cables in both marine and terrestrial environments with interface at landfall locations. This role sits within the HVDC Cable Engineering Team. You'll be assisting in the development and delivery of all the onshore and offshore geotechnical activity associated with design and installation of critical national infrastructure. Youll play a key part in delivering Net Zero.

The role has the following key responsibilities:

- Provide geotechnical support across all aspects of HVDC engineering projects, including DC to AC convertor stations, landfalls, onshore and offshore cable routes. This includes interdisciplinary working alongside various teams, including civil engineers, offshore installation engineers and cable engineers.

- Prepare technical work scopes and specifications for geotechnical activities, inform the Employers geotechnical requirements for ECC contracts and supporting the tender review process as part of the technical team.

- Support project FEED activities such as route and site selection, ground investigation, laboratory testing and engineering feasibility studies.

- Review & accept the contractors engineering & design deliverables; balancing technical risk/benefit to make confident design decisions including site supervision of survey and construction works for compliance with the Employers requirements, legislation, promoting health & safety

- As a key member of Designer and Principal Designer teams, promote the safety-in-design ethos and discharge these CDM duties on behalf of SSE. Identification and management of geotechnical risk. Reduce risk (technical, quality, health, and safety) to the point of elimination or as low as is reasonably practicable. This includes risk identification, assessment, mitigation, communication and record keeping.

What do I need?

To be considered for this role, we would love you to have:

- BEng/BSc qualification level in a relevant geotechnical discipline.

- Strong geotechnical background and experience in supporting the full EPC lifecycle of onshore offshore infrastructure projects. Emphasis on ground investigations, earthworks and foundations for capital infrastructure projects would be highly desirable.

- Experience reviewing Contractor engineering and design deliverables, such as ground interpretive reports, earthwork strategies, horizontal directional drilling reports and foundation designs.

- Knowledge and experience in offshore ground investigation, in particular to cable infrastructure with working knowledge of relevant industry standards, specifications, and best practice.

- Work experience and understanding of ECC contracts and CDM regulations; particularly with respect to roles of Supervisor and Principal Designer.

What's in it for you?

An excellent package with 34 days holiday entitlement, enhanced maternity/paternity leave, discounted healthcare, salary sacrifice car leasing and much more, view our full benefits package on our careers site.

As an equal opportunity Employer we encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We actively encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required during the application, assessment and upon joining SSE. Search for 'Inclusion & Diversity at SSE' to find out more.

Next Steps

All applications should be submitted online, and I'll be back in touch after the vacancy closing date to let you know the outcome.

If you would like to discuss any working differently requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact Stephanie on 01738 342963.

Before commencing employment with SSE, you'll be required to fully complete our pre-employment screening process consisting of a basic criminal records and credit check.


We are driven by our purpose: to provide energy needed today while building a better world of energy for tomorrow.

We are a leading generator of renewable electricity and one of the largest electricity network companies in the UK.

We develop, own and operate low carbon infrastructure to support the zero-carbon transition.  This includes onshore and offshore wind, hydro power, electricity transmission and distribution grids, and efficient gas-fired generation, alongside providing energy products and services for businesses, and we have interests across Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Japan, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and Poland.

Our twin focus of practicality and inspiration is a strategy that has seen us through more than 70 years.

We are UK listed, employing 10,000 talented and skilled people and are real Living Wage and Fair Tax Mark accredited.

Because we’re SSE, and we’re for a better world of energy – for everyone.


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