Senior Geotechnical Engineer

Vacancy Number:  24645
Engineering - Other
Job Type:  Full-time

ESB is a purpose led company striving to create a brighter future for the customers and communities we serve, leading the transition to reliable, affordable, low-carbon energy.  Today, we operate one of the most progressive electricity systems in the world, with activities spanning electricity generation, transmission, distribution and supply in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain, and an international energy consulting business.

With almost 8,000 employees we invested €1bn in infrastructure last year, contributed over €2bn to the economies we operate in and distributed over €2m across a range of community initiatives. This requires us to bring the best of our capabilities together to deliver innovative and value-driven solutions that enable our customers to live low-carbon lives. ESB strives to foster an effective and inclusive culture where people engage, challenge and feel connected to our purpose, colleagues, customers and community.

Are you looking for a new challenge?

A Brighter, zero carbon future awaits!


Join our dedicated team where we work as part of multidisciplinary engineering project teams on a range of developments as part of ESB’s Brighter Future and Net Zero 2040 Strategies.

The Senior Geotechnical Engineer will work with highly skilled and motivated multi-disciplinary projects teams, as well as engaging with clients, contractors, colleagues, and other stakeholders to influence a successful outcome for the projects. 


We are looking for a Senior Geotechnical Engineer to join us on our journey to a Brighter Future



Key Responsibilities


  • Provision of strong geotechnical engineering technical expertise and leadership for challenging technical projects.
  • Detailed geotechnical designs and analysis of foundations, retaining structures, ground improvement schemes and earthworks. 
  • Development of Project Geotechnical Risk Registers including Mitigation and Response Plans.
  • Maintaining a commercial focus.
  • Design, manage and procure geotechnical investigations through ESB frameworks.
  • Geotechnical design review.
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to junior colleagues and support their professional development. 



Knowledge, Skills and Experience


Working as part of this dynamic team, you will always have new challenges and new problems to solve – working together is key.  You will have the autonomy to choose how best to tackle tasks and solve problems with the support of your colleagues.



  • Full drivers’ licence and access to a car.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret geological and geotechnical data, laboratory test results, and other relevant information to provide recommendations within GIR reports.
  • Familiarity with applicable Codes, Standards and current industry best practice. 
  • Excellent Communication and report writing skills  
  • 4 to 8 years relevant consultancy experience in geotechnical engineering and/or engineering geology with experience of designing and managing ground investigations
  • Experience of geotechnical design/design review




  • The demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple priorities.  
  • Experience of geotechnical design software e.g. Oasys suite.







  • A recognised level 8 degree in civil/structural/environmental Engineering.


  • Level 9 Engineering Degree or equivalent qualification in Geotechnical Engineering or Engineering Geology
  • Chartered status in a recognised professional institution 





This role is based in either E&MP Dublin/ Cork offices but travel to project locations as required is a key requirement of the role.


ESB is committed to smart working – combining digital tools with a culture of trust and empowerment to enable flexible ways of working. The successful candidate may work flexibly within their jurisdiction with attendance at the workplace for in-person collaboration on at least one anchor day per week. All smart working arrangements are subject to manager approval and ongoing review, based on the operational requirements of the role, the team, and the individual.



Why ESB?


  • Opportunity to lead and operate on frontline of Ireland’s transition to net zero future​
  • Embracing & facilitating a Smart Working Future​ / Hybrid Working
  • Career development through mentoring, and training 
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Opportunities
  • Active Social & Sports Clubs
  • Networking opportunities
  • Credit Union
  • Generous Pension Contributions
  • Access to Staff Well Being programmes
  • Generous parents leave entitlements
  • Great team environment working to our Core Values – Courageous, Caring, Driven and Trusted
  • ESB has a comprehensive Diversity and Inclusion Programme



Reporting to


Reporting to the Geotechnical Team Leader, Civil, Environmental & Renewables Engineering. 





€55,000 to €65,000 per annum



Closing Date


27th February 2024

Note: Applicants who anticipate requiring assistance or reasonable accommodations for any part of the application or interview process may contact, in confidence,


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Your application will be held in reserve for 6 months should you be suitable for the role.