Senior Geotechnical Engineer - JHB

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Date: Nov 27, 2023

Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, ZA

Company: Hatch

Requisition ID: 87085 

Job Category: Engineering 

Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa 

Join a company that is passionately committed to the pursuit of a better world through positive change. With more than 65 years of business and technical expertise in mining, energy, and infrastructure, our 10,000 colleagues in 150 countries tirelessly work toward bettering the industries in which we operate. With practical solutions that are safe, innovative and sustainable, we think globally while acting locally. Are you looking for an opportunity to join a diverse group of professionals who are committed to remaining exceptional? We look forward to hearing from you.


Dynamic Earth Solutions (DES) specializes in site planning, spatial information and digital terrain modeling, surface and subsurface investigations, rock mechanics, underground structures, geotechnical laboratory services, flood forecasting and water resource management through our geotechnical, hydrotechnical, and civil site development expertise.

Hatch is looking to expand its service offering in the region (Africa, Europe, Middle East, India and Russia) by building a team of highly skilled geotechnical engineers. Hatch has already built a considerable global team in the Dynamic Earth Solutions Delivery Practice and now seeks to expand that impact on the African continent. A new geotechnical engineer is sought for a thrilling role that is full of potential and responsibility. The new discipline pioneer will grow and lead the team of geotechnical engineers with support from experts around the globe.


Position Title: Senior Geotechnical Engineer


Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead advanced geotechnical studies with the delivery of project requirements as they relate to scope
  • Perform conceptual and detailed geotechnical engineering design
  • Participate in scoping requirements for proposals
  • Grow and lead the local geotechnical discipline in the Africa, Europe, Middle East, India and Russia region
  • Participate in and contribute to design reviews
  • Provide and/or coordinate training for resources assigned to projects
  • Prepare and/or review project procedures, standard specifications and design criteria
  • Review and evaluate technical work prepared by junior engineers, intermediate engineers, designers, technicians and technologists
  • Develop factual and interpretive geotechnical reports
  • Ensure relevant technical experts are involved in the design process as required and facilitate the sharing of technical expertise both across projects and across Hatch offices globally.
  • Scope, manage and participate in field investigations for projects
  • Provide specialized geotechnical advice and analytical services
  • Prepare engineering calculations where required
  • Prepare technical specifications where required
  • Prepare and contribute to technical memos and reports
  • Provide input to engineering, operating and capital cost estimates
  • Undertake construction supervision and management dependent upon project demands
  • Support of site engineering teams to provide technical solutions and timely response to technical queries
  • Liaise with prospective clients to win work
  • Grow the geotechnical team sustainably based on expanding workload
  • Work to ensure the implementation of safety in design and integrity principles in design documentation
  • Maintain a strong focus on personal safety and the safety of staff



  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or Geotechnical Engineering from an accredited university
  • Post-graduate degree in Geotechnical Engineering is considered an asset
  • Registered as a Professional Engineer
  • 10+ years’ experience in relevant geotechnical field
  • Experience in seismic design is considered an asset
  • Experience with working on projects in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Sound understanding of design engineering codes and technical standards
  • Strong written skills to prepare reports, proposals and other project deliverables
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good planning and organizational skills
  • Ability to function without supervision
  • Good safety awareness

Why join us?

What we offer you?

  • Flexible work environment
  • Long term career development
  • Think globally, work locally


Don't meet every single requirement? You don't need to. At Hatch, we are building a diverse, inclusive workplace that fosters innovation. If you're interested in this role, we encourage you to apply even if your past experiences don't perfectly align with the skills we've listed.


We're committed to fostering a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate and serve. Hatch is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers applicants without regard to age, race, color, national origin, citizenship, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected status. If you have any accommodation requirements, please let us know. We'll do our best to meet your needs in accordance with applicable local legislation.

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