Our Vacancies

Senior/ Principal Geo-Environmental Engineer / Engineering Geologist


Location: Reading
We are currently seeking a motivated and ambitious Senior or Principal level Geo-environmental Engineer with over 8 years’ experience working as a consultant, to take up a senior role in our very successful land group.

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Job Description



You should be experienced in the investigation and qualitative and semi-quantitative risk assessment of land contamination, understand current and emerging best practice relating to brownfield land, have a good understanding of engineering geology and geotechnical parameterisation of ground conditions for a range of projects including property, transport and infrastructure developments. Your experience should be applicable to a wide range of environments across the UK.

The successful applicant will have a proven technical, commercial and project management track record and must have the right flare, drive and enthusiasm to embrace the future which will help us develop and continue to expand our growing team and client base across a broad spectrum of sectors.


Training and Development

The learning and development experience at ESI though our academy programme is different to that at most other companies. Here we thoroughly recognise the importance of our people and we invest for the long term to provide them with the technical, commercial and managerial expertise they need throughout their career. At ESI we are practitioners at all levels within the business and therefore it is important that our staff continue to learn and develop irrespective of position or experience.

Our investment includes attendance at technical conferences, regular internal presentations and discussion groups, bespoke training courses as well as active on the job mentoring. We also have a dedicated group to provide structured support and encouragement to all staff in their progression to chartership.


Person Specification

Ideally the candidate would have:

  • A strong academic background with good academic qualifications – as a minimum first degree in geology or geography or related scientific subject.  A second degree in geology or with a large component of engineering geological sciences is desirable.
  • A minimum of 8 years post graduate experience relevant to this application.
  • Working towards or achieved chartered status with a relevant body (CGeol, CEnv, CEng or CIWEM).
  • Excellent technical experience in brownfield land, site investigation and geotechnical parameterisation.
  • Able to undertake Phase 1 Desk Studies, Phase 2 Site Investigations (with experience of a range of site investigation techniques), Remediation Strategies, Earthworks Specifications and Verification Reports.
  • Good report writing skills including the ability to self-check and to produce high quality and accurate work. Reports would include factual and interpretative reports including generic qualitative/ quantitative risk assessments, engineering parametrisation and geotechnical design.
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant codes of practice and industry standards and have an understanding of relevant legislation.
  • Knowledge and experience of a range of risk management and remediation techniques.
  • Demonstrate experience of working on wider environmental projects such as land use planning and environment impact assessment, mineral extraction and landfill assessments.
  • In depth understanding of Health and Safety requirements including CDM 2015.
  • Able to support senior management with bid preparation.
  • Able to check work of more junior members of the team.
  • Able to manage projects – staff, resources, financial, commercial aspects.
  • Excellent client management skills.
  • Ability to travel throughout the UK.
  • Full UK driving licence.
  • Legal right to work in the UK.


If you think you may have what we are looking for then please send us your CV and covering letter quoting reference VAC044 to recruitment@esi-consulting.co.uk

Principal Hydrogeologist/Technical Director Transport and Infrastructure


Location: Reading, Shrewsbury or Cardiff
We are looking to recruit a Principal Hydrogeologist/Technical Director for Transport and Infrastructure. The ideal candidate would manage the industry group and be a regional lead for the business. The role would involve developing and growing our client base across the UK.

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In this role the candidate would be expected to:

  • Actively support ESI’s commercial development plans by developing and growing ESI’s client base in Transport and Infrastructure, particularly in the South East.
  • Use existing and new industry contacts to develop leads and opportunities.  Successfully translate opportunities into projects through effective client management and proposal writing.
  • Project manage/direct and technically lead T&I and water resources projects that deliver high quality, pragmatic advice and solutions.
  • Support the growth of the Reading office.
  • Support the Water Group Director and Manager in the mentoring and development of junior staff.
  • Line manage Water Group staff based in the Reading office.


Person Specification

Ideally the candidate would have:

  • A postgraduate qualification in Hydrogeology or a related scientific discipline
  • Over 10 years’ experience in of working in the Transport & Infrastructure industry
  • Chartered status
  • A strong track record of developing opportunities, winning work within the Transport & Infrastructure industry and managing client relationships, preferably in the South East
  • Proven project management skills
  • Excellent people management skills
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal


If you think you may have what we are looking for then please send us your CV and covering letter quoting reference VAC032 to recruitment@esi-consulting.co.uk

Senior/Principal Hydrologist & Drainage Specialist


Location: Commutable to our offices in Reading, Cardiff or Shrewsbury are preferred, but Bristol will also be considered

Closing Date: 1st March 2017

We are looking for a senior member of staff to work within our multidisciplinary team of specialists to develop and grow our surface water management capabilities, particularly in relation to flood risk assessment and SUDS.

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As a senior member within ESI you will work within a multidisciplinary team of specialists to provide services for the private and public sectors as well as regulatory agencies.  Your principal responsibility will be to undertake surface water management work and help develop and grow these capabilities within ESI, particularly in relation to flood risk assessment and SUDS.  This will include staff mentorship/motivation; management and development of both existing and new clients; contributing to the achievement of the Property Group’s billable target and generally supporting the Group Director in achieving the overall group targets and objectives.  You will undertake technical work, prepare quotations, budgets and work plans for upcoming projects and ensure that all projects you manage are completed on time and on budget.  You will undertake client and regulatory liaison.


Person Specification

Ideally the candidate would have:

  • BSc or MSc in relevant water management discipline
  • Preferably Chartered
  • Preferably minimum of 5 years’ experience
  • Preparation of Proposals and Tender documents.
  • Project management and financial control.
  • Key requisite is experience in conceptual and detailed SUDS design and an understanding of how SUDS fit within the planning system.
  • 1D and 2D hydraulic modelling capabilities for flood risk and water resource assessment with knowledge of industry software packages (Tuflow/ISIS; HEC-RAS, Micro Drainage).
  • Excellent client management skills and experience;
  • Excellent report writing and communication skills;
  • Motivated to win new business for the company;
  • Experience with major infrastructure and minerals projects will be a bonus.
  • Contribute to research and innovation projects including the development and implementation of new services.
  • Delivery of high quality, pragmatic, advice and solutions to environmental problems.
  • Adhere to ESI’s quality assurance and health and safety procedures.


The ESI Academy

Through our ‘ESI Academy’ we support the learning and continuous development of all staff by providing the skills, opportunities and support to enable everyone to achieve their career aspirations and professional development needs. We actively encourage all staff members to attain chartered status in their area of specialism. We want everyone to be proud of their knowledge and experience and to receive industry acknowledgement. Through our coordinated mentoring programme we lead individuals through all steps of the chartership process, offering knowledge, experience and continuous support. Our one-to-one mentoring programme also promotes wider staff development and understanding. As well as offering a range of internal training and staff mentoring opportunities we also consider funding for part-time Masters and other postgraduate study placements.


If you think you may have what we are looking for then please send us your CV and covering letter quoting reference VAC039 to recruitment@esi-consulting.co.uk