Fugro Marine in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Job Description

Job Title : PRINCIPAL GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEER - MARINE GEOCONSULTING Reports to** : Marine Geoconsulting Manager

Direct reports : Geotechnical Engineers

Authority Level: Not applicable

Key Accountabilities:

Basic Function

The Principal Geotechnical Engineer will work as part of a dynamic team to develop and promote Fugro Core values of; Client Focus, Delivery Excellence, Team Fugro, and Good Citizenship. The primary role will be to lead the marine geoconsulting team in a technical capacity, developing team member skills, coordinating and integrating specialist services of other Fugro countries and engaging clients to develop and deliver project. The work will involve interaction with clients in order to identify their needs, prepare proposals, coordinate with other Fugro Geoconsulting offices, actively participate in the development of the service line. Review and QA/QC of geotechnical data and engineering assignments prepared by team members . The position commands a responsibility and necessity to lead by example. Initiative is a pre requisite part in the role of all duties.

Roles And Responsibilities

1. Primary Duties and Responsibilities

1.1 Geoconsulting

a)Perform technical duties related to engineering. b)Supervise project teams, delegating work, guiding team members and checking calculations and reports prepared by team members. c)Review and check reports prepared by the Marine Geotechnical group. d)Demonstrate excellence in report/proposal writing and verbal communication skills. e)Excellence in research and consulting practices. f)Experienced working with teams of geologist and geophysicist. g)Enable and facilitate discussion between the geotechnical team and the geophysical team. h)Undertake professional development activities both internally with Fugro and externally. i)Provide technical training to team members. j)The ability and willingness to perform fieldwork and travel if required. k)Communicates directly with Client and ensures that reporting deliverables meet Client requirements and agreed timelines. l) Participate in engineering discussion and meetings with Clients from preparation until closure of a project. m)Stay aware with changing industry practices and consult with Marine Geoconsulting and Engineering Managers for constant implementation of latest practice relevant to engineering assignments carried out within the Marine geotechnical group. n)Consult with Marine Geoconsulting Manager for distribution of the tasks to geotechnical engineers.

1.2 Commercial and Marketing Duties

a)Client liaison and development. b)Tender preparation and review. c)Maintain knowledge of trends, techniques, technologies through continuous professional development. d)Excellence in client development and in maintaining positivity in client relationship. e)Anticipate geotechnical engineering needs of clients.

1.3 Project Management Duties

a)Responsible for monitoring project budget, schedule, assist with draft invoice preparation. b)Control manpower resources.

1.4 Specific Additional Duties a)Actively participate in adherence to and improvement of the company Management System on Quality and HSE related issues. b)Actively participate to engineering process improvement, training and knowledge transfer to geotechnical engineer.

2. Principal Working Relationships

a)Inform Marine Geoconsulting Manager on specific engineering requirements for project. b)Liaise with Marine Geoconsulting Manager for continuous development of engineering practices and reporting standards. c)Delegate engineering tasks to geotechnical engineers to maximise own time on own tasks.


Qualifications required: a) M.Sc. level in civil engineering or equivalent in education and experience, PhD level would be a plus.

Skills / experience required to do the job:

a)More than 8 years experience in marine geotechnical engineering work and 4 years experience in similar principal engineer position within a geoconsulting team. b)Versed with wide spectrum of marine geotechnical engineering (e.g. pipeline, piled foundations, shallow foundations, jack-up, soil-structure interaction). c)Work experience with teams of geologist and geophysicist enabling efficient site characterisation process by integration of geological, geophysical and geotechnical data. d)Experienced with advanced laboratory testing interpretation. e)Experienced with FEA engineering software. f)Confident in leading technical discussions. g)Client engagement. h)Experience with GIS capabilities would be a plus. i)Conversant with basic equipment / software. j)English language. Arabic would be a plus

Role specific Behavioural competencies required:

  1. Problem-solving/judgment: ability to observe, think critically and to solve problems using data, analysis, interpretation, and reasoning skills.

  2. Teamwork: dedication and ability to work successfully with others in a team.

  3. Information & Communication: The ability to receive information from and convey information to others timely and successfully, using appropriate language, and communication tools (spoken, written etc.).

  4. Client focus: The ability to generate client satisfaction (internally or externally), potentially resulting in long term client relationships and additional work.

  5. Planning & organizing: The ability to set priorities and determine actions, time and resources (tools, software, people, and budget as appropriate.) to achieve pre-defined goals. Monitor and manage timely delivery, leading to reliability and client satisfaction. Resources (documents, tools, diary etc.) are well-organized and up to date.

  6. Agility: the proven capability to be flexible, responsive, adaptive, and show initiative in times of change (e.g. priorities, work planning/location, skills/technologies, work processes, relationships), uncertainty and opportunities.

  7. Multitasking: Ability to be organized and work on different projects at the same time without losing focus.

Additional Details

Fugro is seeking a dynamic individual to fulfil the role of Principal Geotechnical Engineer - Marine Geoconsulting, in it’s principal Abu Dhabi office.

Fugro Survey (Middle East) Ltd (“FSME”) is the leading offshore survey company in the Middle East region. It is part of the Fugro Group, with over 400 employees based in Abu Dhabi and operates in accordance with International Standards. The working area includes the Gulf, Arabian Sea and Red Sea.

FSME specialises in providing a wide range of marine, earth measurement and investigation services that meet the requirements of a wide Client base, covering various market sectors, which include offshore Oil & Gas, Offshore Construction and Civil development. Fugro continues to develop and deploy the applications of new technology and techniques.

Services include the provision of marine site characterisation, comprising Geophysical (analogue and multi-channel seismic), AUV & Hydrographic Survey, Offshore Geotechnical Soils Investigations, ROV & Diving Inspection, Environmental Studies, Metocean measurements & Construction Support. Other service lines include weather forecasting, established ROV training facilities (running regular external courses) and Engineering and Consultancy divisions. The company also has owned vessel assets, dedicated to the region for the Geophysical, Geotechnical and ROV/Diving services lines.

Fugro offers a dynamic team based working environment in an exciting and developing market region with long term potential for skill and career path development. Remuneration will be commensurate with experience and includes the usual FSME benefits package.

How do I apply? We are looking forward to receiving your online application. Please ensure you address all areas, of the role profile to the best of your ability, as we will use this data to review your suitability for the role.

What else do I need to know? Fugro is dedicated to quality, equality, and valuing diversity, and we welcome applications that reflect the diversity of the communities within which we work.

What we offer? FSME offers a dynamic team based working environment in an exciting and developing market region with long term potential for skill and career path development. Remuneration will be commensurate with experience and includes the usual FSME benefits package.

CommentsOnly shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Job ID: 2713

Region: Middle East and India

Location: Abu Dhabi, AE

Closing date: Saturday December 30, 2017

Employment status: Experienced Professional

Employment type: Permanent