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Geotechnical Graduate Development Programme 2019

Scheme at Peter Brett Associates

Geotechnical Graduate Development Programme 2019

Scheme at Peter Brett Associates

  • LocationReading, UK
  • Position levelScheme
  • Job period iconFull-time employment
  • Application deadline iconPosted on 12 Sep, 2018
  • Start date iconStart date:
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  • CompetitiveCompetitive

The opportunity

Start your journey. Define your future.

PBA stands on the outskirts of convention and at the forefront of cutting edge consultancy, delivering trusted advice for over 50 years. Our graduates don’t conform to the ordinary – we design, we advise, we deliver and have a passion for what we practice. It’s that same approach to our clients that will help you succeed on our excellent Graduate Development Programme.

This is an invitation for you to apply to join us on an exciting journey. One where you can bring to life a diverse range of projects and work with leading clients.

Site conditions rarely follow a standard format. At PBA, we evaluate the potential performance and stability of ground, groundwater and contamination conditions, which range from the benign to the hazardous. We then provide our clients with pragmatic, sustainable geotechnical, geoenvironmental and hydrogeological guidance that is focused on:

Reducing and reusing: earthworks are often unpredictable, high risk, and can incur high costs. We minimise the costs of offsite disposal and avoid importing materials where possible by sustainably reusing existing ones. We have considerable success in reusing marginal materials while maintaining performance.

A comprehensive approach: in addition to traditional geotechnical assessments that provide buildings and structures with stable spread or piled foundations, we also embrace innovative techniques to reduce development cost through ground improvement, including dynamic compaction, soil improvement and stabilisation, band drains and the use of geosynthetics for soil reinforcement.

Extensive experience: we provide a holistic approach in the assessment and remediation of contaminated land, and we understand what is required at each step of the commercial process. From the due diligence stage through to the built environment, we provide commercially focussed and easily understood advice.

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At PBA, we’re continuously challenging ourselves. It’s an important part of being a sustainable, independent firm and we know that our success depends on the creativity, integrity and collaboration of our people.

About you

To join our Graduate Development Programme you need to be passionate and ready to join a leading consultancy to help deliver our projects for our clients. A creative mind is key; you’ll need to demonstrate ‘outside the box’ thinking and innovation in your work to date.

You’ll preferably have a Master’s degree and have achieved/ be on target for a minimum 2:1/ Merit for your studies. We really value relevant work experience gained through previous placements, internships and work experience so make sure you tell us about this if you have it.

To be considered for a role within our Geo-technical discipline you will:

  • Have a Graduate BEng or MEng in civil/structural engineering.
  • Ideally be conversant with engineering software and working knowledge of AutoCAD.
  • Have excellent communication and written skills.
  • Be practical, creative and able to think outside the box.
  • Be happy to work on your own as well as in the team
  • Be eligible to live and work in the UK.

Your Professional Development

A vital part of your development at PBA is your progression from graduate to a recognised professional in your chosen discipline. We work with you to offer not just the projects and opportunities to ensure that this happens but also the mentoring and support that you need too. We have capability to offer progression through incorporation, chartership and recognition with institutions such as ICE, IStructE, CIWEM, CIHT, TPP and more.

About PBA

We offer our Graduates a competitive salary, a discretionary bonus scheme, a matching contributory pension scheme, payment of one professional subscription, annual leave buy or sell and a flexible benefits package (including a flexible benefits allowance), which allows you to choose from a variety of flexible benefits including:

  • Gym Membership.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Dental insurance.
  • Private Medical insurance.
  • Critical Illness and Life Assurance cover.
  • Cycle scheme.


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Job location

Caversham Bridge House, Waterman Pl, Reading RG1 8DN, UK