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Soils Limited Cornwall Is Hiring

Posted on 4th May 2022


Intermediate Engineers

Soils Limited have an opportunity for a Geotechnical / Geoenvironmental Engineer to join our expanding team in Redruth, Cornwall. The role will be predominantly office-based with fieldwork varied to suit project needs.

Who are we?

Celebrating our 40th anniversary this year, Soils Limited are a team of qualified geotechnical engineers, geologists, environmental scientists, and geochemists working across the south of England, with offices in Hampshire, Cornwall and Surrey. We provide geotechnical design and contaminated land consultancy, as well as in-house site investigation services, monitoring, and inspections. We also have our own team of surveyors that provide utility tracing, GPR and topographical surveys.

We are proud of our company ethos and the strength of our teams working in a relaxed and positive environment, leveraging a deep technical base to deliver value for clients and stakeholders alike. Over the years, we have built our company around the core principle of retention and development of our people, with this approach instilled in everything we do by the company founders, who remain with the firm to this day.


If this sounds like your thing, we’d be delighted to hear from you.


Where will you be working?

The role will be based in our Cornwall office, with a mix of office and site work across the region. Our Southwest team are based in our office and warehouse at United Downs, a few miles from Truro and Redruth. The team here routinely undertake fieldwork in the southwest, with occasional needs further afield.

The Role

At a firm like Soils we don’t really do ‘typical’ but, if we did, a week might look like:

Liaising with clients, engineering supervisors, subcontractors, and other project stakeholders;

Planning and coordinating ground investigation works both with our in-house site teams and external contractors;

Working with our Estimators to handover and kickstart new projects;

Supervising multi-activity site works such as drilling, trial pitting and in-situ testing;

Soil and rock logging and laboratory test scheduling;

Processing and interpreting field and laboratory test results;

Deriving parameters and preparing design reports;

Writing technical memos and communicating our work to our clients;

Working with our accounts department to prepare invoices;

Mentoring junior staff and giving technical advice.


What are we looking for

The following attributes are essential:

Able to demonstrate multi-year progressive industry experience in geotechnical / geoenvironmental engineering;

Experience in writing and preparing factual and interpretive reports;

Experience in managing projects and site works;

A degree or similar qualification in geology, engineering geology, geotechnics or other relevant earth sciences;

Experience of developing ground models and assessing existing risks and solutions related to ground activities;

Able to demonstrate progress towards Professional Chartership with a relevant industry body;

Enthusiastic and supportive team member with strong verbal and written communication skills;

A strong work ethic and desire to learn;

Ability to interpret geological maps;

Experience logging soil and rock to BS5930;

Ability to manage time and complete tasks efficiently across multiple projects;

Capable of presenting ideas and working collaboratively within a team;

Flexibility for occasional work assignments nationally with overnight stays;

UK Driving Licence;

Computer literate, able to use MS Office applications, SharePoint etc;


The following attributes are desirable, feel free to highlight any of these in your cover letter:

A Masters in a relevant discipline;

Chartership with a relevant industry body, or membership of a Professional Association (e.g ICE, IOM3 etc.)

Experience in preparing Basement Impact Assessments;

Experience in design to relevant British Standards and Eurocode;

Experience with Contaminated Land investigation and reporting;

Geotechnical Design experience;

CSCS Card.

What we can offer

A starting salary of £28,000 to £34,000 dependent on experience with annual appraisals;

20-day holiday entitlement plus bank holidays, rising with years’ service;

Company mobile phone for business needs;

Workplace Pension Scheme;

Reimbursement for membership to a professional body / industry association;

Mentoring and support in your progression towards chartership.

We seek to develop strong mentoring relationships for our junior staff and see this as vital to our core goal of retaining and developing our people. We pride ourselves on having an open and relaxed flat-management culture that nurtures continuous improvement and innovation. In turn, the role would require active participation in mentoring junior staff, as well as your engagement in the development and growth of our team in the Southwest.


Please send your CV with a brief introductory email to Craig Morrison –


By applying, you accept that you may be subject to our standard due diligence; take up references, confirm you have a right to remain and work in the UK and verify your driving licence.

Soils Limited are committed to our Corporate Responsibility strategy. We seek to minimise our impact on the environment; engage positively with the community and education groups; provide a safe and supportive atmosphere in which to work; promote Corporate Responsibility throughout our supply chain.