Geotechnical Engineer 8: Discipline Leader

at CDM Smith in Springdale, Arkansas, United States

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Are you passionate about designing sustainable infrastructure solutions and helping clients solve complex geotechnical problems?

Are you the go-to person on your geotechnical projects, able to identify and properly apply the most-appropriate technical solutions?

If you’re a senior geotechnical engineer with a desire to grow a national discipline and a team, this could be a great fit!

CDM Smith’s geotechnical discipline leader is a U.S.-based technical and sales role responsible for growing the geotechnical discipline and team globally. We are searching for a thought leader who is confident with clients, understands large-scale geotechnical projects, seeks innovative approaches to solve challenges, and encourages employees to expand their expertise. The discipline leader will collaborate with our sales team to identify and showcase our technical differentiators to drive growth.

CDM Smith is one of the world’s top design, program management, and construction management firms, providing innovative and creative solutions for our clients and assisting them in achieving successful outcomes on their water, infrastructure, environmental, and transportation programs.

We offer partial remote working schedules allowing for working from home and in the office. The position is based out of either our Boston, MA, Providence RI, Edison NJ, Raleigh, NC, Atlanta GA, Columbia SC, Fairfax VA, Latham NY, Tampa FL, Maitland FL offices.

As the discipline leader and a contributor to CDM Smith’s transformational growth, you will have a leadership role in the following areas:

- Provide leadership, management, and technical expertise for a wide variety of multidisciplinary projects including dams and reservoirs, levees and floodwalls, heavy-civil works, and other infrastructure projects.

- Position us ahead of challenges recognized in the marketplace, including pre-positioning for pursuits by identifying and showcasing our technical differentiators.

- Expand dam and levee-related geotechnical business to complement the other CDM Smith business lines.

- Work as a recognized leader of technical and professional staff.

- Be actively involved in the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) and/or U.S. Society on Dams (USSD)


- Serve as a technical specialist in the application of advanced geotechnical engineering theories, concepts, principles, and processes for wide range in multidisciplinary projects

- Recruit, retain, and mentor the best and brightest technical employees

- Anticipate, identify, and adopt new technologies that help our clients solve challenges

- Collaborate with other discipline leaders in the practice to cultivate innovative solutions, technologies, and research and development projects

- Embrace continuous improvement, drive a culture of quality, and meet commitments for sustained success

- Work with clients in the public, private, federal, and international markets


Job Title:

Geotechnical Engineer 8: Discipline Leader



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Professional Engineer

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Minimum Qualifications:

- Bachelor’s degree in Geotechnical, Civil, Mining or Geologic Engineering or related discipline.

- Professional engineering (PE) license. 15 years of related experience.

- Domestic and/or international travel may be required. The frequency of travel is contingent on specific duties, responsibilities, and the essential functions of the position, which may vary depending on workload and project demands.

- Equivalent additional directly related experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Graduate degree in Civil Engineering with Geotechnical Engineering emphasis preferred

- Working knowledge of FLAC 2D/3D or Plaxis 2D/3D is a plus

- Experience in dams, levees, trenchless design, tunnels, or geo-environmental projects is a plus

- Experience with staff management, project management, and business development is a plus

EEO Statement:

We attract the best people in the industry, supporting their efforts to learn and grow. We strive to create a challenging and progressive work environment. We provide career opportunities that span a variety of disciplines and geographic locations, with projects that our employees plan, design, build and operate as diverse as the needs of our clients. CDM Smith is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship status, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

Why CDM Smith?:

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Join Us! CDM Smith – where amazing career journeys unfold.

Imagine a place committed to offering an unmatched employee experience. Where you work on projects that are meaningful to you. Where you play an active part in shaping your career journey. Where your co-workers are invested in you and your success. Where you are encouraged and supported to do your very best and given the tools and resources to do so. Where it’s a priority that the company takes good care of you and your family.

Our employees are the heart of our company. As an employer of choice, our goal is to provide a challenging, progressive and inclusive work environment which fosters personal leadership, career growth and development for every employee. We value passionate individuals who challenge the norm, deliver world-class solutions and bring diverse perspectives. Join our team, and together we will make a difference and change the world.

Job Site Location:

Southeast United States

Agency Disclaimer:

All vendors must have a signed CDM Smith Placement Agreement from the CDM Smith Recruitment Center Manager to receive payment for your placement. Verbal or written commitments from any other member of the CDM Smith staff will not be considered binding terms. All unsolicited resumes sent to CDM Smith and any resume submitted to any employee outside of CDM Smith Recruiting Center Team (RCT) will be considered property of CDM Smith. CDM Smith will not be held liable to pay a placement fee.

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Visa Sponsorship Available:

No – We will not support sponsorship, i.e. H-1B or TN Visas for this position

Skills and Abilities:

- Expertise in embankment dams and levees, flood protection facility design, foundation design (deep and shallow), excavation support systems, dewatering, pipeline work, and solid waste

- Experience performing and/or overseeing geotechnical engineering analyses, evaluations, and calculations for geotechnical engineering studies and designs

- Experience providing engineering services during construction on projects involving dams/levees/floodwalls, earthwork, deep foundations, support of excavations, and other project types consistent with successful applicant’s expertise and pipelines


- Expertise in managing projects, subcontractors, and geotechnical staff on multi-disciplined projects and working within multi-disciplined team environment

- Comprehensive knowledge and multi-discipline experience in planning, designing, and managing large-scale geotechnical projects

- Expert knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations

- Experience assisting in marketing and business development related efforts related to existing and new clients

- Strong self-leadership and

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Job Posting: JC258645721

Posted On: Apr 20, 2024

Updated On: May 22, 2024

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