Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical is Big fish Little Fish’s newest sector of recruitment. It sits extremely well with the Construction and Engineering recruitment that we already facilitate.

We have chosen to go down this route since already having consultancy expertise available and having strong and established relationship with some of the UKs leading geotechnical companies.

The Geotechnical field it is a fast-growing market and we are proud to advise we are already working with some very reputable industry specialists. We cover the whole of the UK, and we are able to source candidates who have strong industry relevant experience relating to specifically to geotechnical engineering roles.

Roles within geotechnical that we can confidently source are Lead Drillers and Drillers, covering Rotary, Cable Percussive and Dynamic Sampling techniques. Site Staff and ground ground workers including In-situ Testing and Monitoring Technicians and Enabling Works Operatives. We have also successfully placed Laboratory Technicians, Engineering Geologist, Project Managers and Geologist of all grades.

Monitoring Technicians

Our client is an award winning Investigation Specialist Company based in offices across the UK. They provide geotechnical, environmental and structural investigations and advice for a wide range of clients in the private and public sectors. The projects are high-profile and complex and our aim is to deliver high quality, tailor made solutions and advice to our Clients by adopting a cooperative, open and proactive approach.

This very reputable company who is looking to recruit Ground Water and Gas Monitoring Technicians to undertake the day to day sampling and monitoring activities at various locations across the UK. Experience is desirable but not essential. Training will be provided by the company.

The roles offer an excellent opportunity for career development within an award winning fast growing business who is committed to maintaining a positive and enjoyable work environment. Our client is an equal opportunities employer with a culture that allows all our employees to develop in line with their aims and objectives.

Your duties will include:

  • Groundwater sampling, quality & monitoring
  • Gas Monitoring and sampling
  • Using the latest technology
  • Other Environmental monitoring

Qualifications and Skills:

  • At least one Science A Level Grade C+ desirable
  • Previous relevant industry experience desirable
  • CSCS and SSSTS certification desirable
  • First Aid Training desirable
  • Full Clean Driving licence
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Keen eye for detail
  • An enthusiasm to learn and develop
  • Accurate and numerate
  • Problem solving
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to work on own initiative
  • Flexible
  • Good organisational skills
  • Capable of prioritising own workload based on rapidly changing scenarios.


  • Competitive salary and salary banding (Depending on skills and experience)
  • 25 days holiday per annum plus bank holidays
  • Full technical training and on-going career progression
  • 40 hours per week permanent contract

This could be a great opportunity for anyone leaving education and wanting to get into the geotechnical industry.

£21000 £25000

UK - Midlands, London

Assistant Driller (Rotary – 2nd man)

Assistant Driller

Job Description

Our experienced and valued client needs assistant drillers to work with their lead drillers fulfilling Rotary drilling duties.

This is an opportunity for an enthusiastic and professional individual to receive the necessary training and experience to become a qualified driller, you would commence as a second man and progress eventually.

The role will be initially be to assist the lead driller in all aspects of the drilling process and to maintain the very highest standards of health and safety, quality and professionalism.

Essential Requirements

  • Valid CSCS Card (Essential)
  • Full Clean Driving Licence
  • Experience in working on construction sites
  • The ability to work well with others
  • Strong communication, motivational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work flexible hours

In return we offer a competitive salary and benefits that are reviewed as key training stages are reached.

Please send your CV outlining your experience.

Our client is an equal opportunities employer

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Good salary with away from home additional funds in place, plenty of support.

Reference ID: CW/AssistantDriller

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £24,000.00 to £28,000.00 /year

£24000 £28000

UK (Midlands & Greater Manchester)

Rotary Driller

Our client is currently recruiting for drillers – we are keen to recruit Rotary Drillers immediately;

Our client provides geotechnical, environmental and structural investigations and advice for a wide range of clients in the private and public sectors. The projects are high-profile and complex, and their aim is to deliver high quality, tailor made solutions and advice safely and efficiently to all their clients by adopting a cooperative, open and proactive approach.

About the Role:

Due to continued growth within is looking to recruit both Rotary Lead Drillers and Assistant Rotary Drillers with experience in geotechnical investigations.

Are you dependable and flexible? do you have the drive and enthusiasm to work safely and efficiently on technically challenging projects? If so we would like to hear from you.

You will be experienced in drilling throughout the UK, including the London territories. As a minimum you will hold;

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience as a Lead Driller in site investigation rotary drilling
  • NVQ Level 2 in Land Drilling
  • CSCS Blue Skilled Worker card
  • Full UK driving licence (complete with towing entitlement B+E).
  • Be willing to travel to complete projects throughout the UK.
  • Dedicated and industry leading approach to health and safety

Desired skills, qualifications and experience include:

  • In-date BDA Audit
  • First aid trained
  • Experience of operating tracked multi-purpose rigs
  • Experience of using Geobor S
  • In-situ down hole testing
  • Overburden casing systems
  • Open hole drilling though bedrock
  • Experience of different flush types
  • Drilling to obtain high quality cores through various bedrock formations
  • Excellent communication skills with Client representatives and internal personnel
  • Maintenance of plant and Vehicles

In return we will provide;

  • Highly competitive salary
  • Overnight accommodation and subsistence
  • Pension contribution
  • Excellent career prospects
  • Structured training and Professional Development

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Our client will offer a competitive salary , along with an allowance for staying away from home if required.

If you are already part of a 2-man tea, as a driller and assistant driller then please still contact us – we are keen to speak to you as well. If you are not in a team please still apply as our client can buddy you up.

£30000 £37000

UK wide - Priority Midlands

Associate Geotechnical (Engineer)

Our client is very eager to upskill and enhance their already expereinced team, they are looking for an Associate who will join them and become heavily involved.


Your role will be to coordinate the company’s projects and ensure their smooth running from inception to completion. You will be responsible for preparing/supervising the preparation of method statements and risk assessments, liaising with our Operations Director in setting up the project, attending pre-contract, client and progress meetings and ensuring the timely delivery of the projects to the required standards and to the clients’ satisfaction. You will be assisting the Health and Safety Director with managing health and safety and you will be carrying site inspections and audits in this respect. You will be responsible for the invoicing and cost negotiation of the projects you are running and you may be involved in the preparation of tenders and quotes. You will be assisting the company to increase its competitiveness by effectively managing the company’s projects to minimise waste and increase productivity. As an Associate, you will be nurturing the company’s relationships with their existing clients and promote the company into a new client base as well as assisting with the development of a competitive supplier base. You will be part of the management team and will liaise with the Company’s Directors, and SHEQ Manager to improve the existing and/or develop new systems to enhance our performance and profile in the industry.

You may from time to time be required to work on site anywhere in the UK or abroad.

Job descriptions are indicative. All staff are expected to be flexible and take on additional duties where necessary to enable the organisation to achieve its objectives. The company is committed to developing all staff and will endeavour to offer opportunities to take on new responsibilities to enable staff to broaden their skills.


Key tasks are but are not limited to:

  • Project Coordination
  • Business development.
  • Production of RAMS
  • Preparation of Tenders/Quotes
  • Management of Health and Safety
  • Management of Sub-contractors/Workforce in conjunction with the Operations Director and HSQE Manager.
  • Review and production of job costings and variations
  • Attendance of meetings
  • Project Management of site

This role reports in to an Associate Director within the business.



  • At least 10 years’ experience in the geotechnical industry, some at a senior managerial role
  • BSc in Engineering Geology/Civil Engineering or related subject
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Numerate
  • Problem solving
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to work on own initiative
  • Flexible
  • Capable of prioritising own workload to establish the levels of risk posed by different activities
  • Organised

 You must hold a CSCS card.

This is a great opportortunity for someone looking for a more senior role with excellent career opportunity.

Our client has offices in London and Coventry – so you will be required to work out of one of these from time to time.

The remuneration package is excellent and is negotiable for the right candidate.

£42000 £55000

UK - homebased (access to London and Midlands)

Geotechnical Engineer

We are working with an excellent ground investigation business and due to achieved tenders and new opportunities, we now need an expereinced Geotechnical Engineer.

As a Senior Engineering Geologist your main responsibility will be to manage high profile and complex site investigations for landmark developments and infrastructure projects. You will be required to deliver the investigations safely, to meet specification requirements and within programme and budget constraints. As part of your duties you will be required to prepare CPPs and RAMS, manage resource requirements, supervise site activities and liaise with all parties. You may be required to log core and carry out in-situ testing and monitoring.

From time to time, you will assist in the preparation of desk studies, and in the writing and preparation of environmental and geotechnical factual and interpretative reports.

This role requires excellent time management skills, self-motivation, and the ability to make decisions quickly and effectively. You will be a strong communicator and negotiator, and be able to work as part of a dynamic team.

Throughout your role, you will develop relationships with new and existing clients to promote our clients capabilities and increase our opportunities for new business.

In return, you will offer be offered a competitive salary and benefits including pension contribution and 25 days annual leave in addition to Bank Holidays, a training and development plan, and genuine opportunities for fast progression through our rapidly expanding company.

If you believe that you can make a positive contribution to our company we would be delighted to meet you and discuss this role in further detail. Salary is negotiable depending on experience.

Qualifications and Qualities

  • Minimum 5+ years industry experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in geotechnical/geological discipline with at least five years relevant industry experience.
  • Masters in Environmental /Geotechnical Engineering or Engineering Geology desirable
  • Knowledge of logging to BS 5930 and Eurocode 7
  • CSCS, SMSTS certification desirable
  • Full Clean Driving License
  • Excellent IT skills – extensive knowledge of electronic mail and MS Office applications and geotechnical databases.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Numerate
  • Problem solving
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to work on own initiative
  • Flexible
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Capable of prioritising own workload based on rapidly changing scenarios.
  • Good working knowledge of the English Language both written and spoken.

The role will be a mix of site and Laboratory based – you will be provided with transport to get to the appropriate sites when needed, alot of the duties will be based within our own Laboratories – based in London or Coventry.

Please do not delay – please apply outlining your expereince – we are looking for someone within the industry, so please be aware the upmost confidentiality will be adhered too at all times.

£34000 £40000

South of England

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