Principal Geotechnical Engineer

Posted Date 2 months ago(1/12/2024 11:49 AM)
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US-OR-Wilsonville | US-OR-Portland | US-WA-Seattle | US-WA-Vancouver
Regular Full-Time


NV5, Inc. is seeking a highly motivated, self-driven PRINCIPAL GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEER for a leadership position in the Pacific Northwest. The Oregon and Washington offices provide consulting engineering services which include, conventional geotechnical services and construction materials testing services, as well as, advanced geotechnical engineering for hillside design, retaining structures, bridges, seismic analyses, and forensic geotechnical engineering. Our client base is in both the commercial and public sectors.

NV5 is a provider of engineering and consulting services to public and private sector clients, delivering solutions through six business verticals: Testing, Inspection & Consulting; Infrastructure; Utility Services; Environmental Health Sciences; Buildings & Program Management; and Geospatial Technology. With offices nationwide and abroad, NV5 helps clients plan, design, build, test, certify, and operate projects that improve the communities where we live and work.


As engineers, architects, construction/program managers, environmental professionals and beyond, we play a significant role in shaping our communities through the services we provide. We are looking for passionate, driven individuals to join our team focused on Delivering Solutions and Improving Lives.


Business Development:

  • Recognizes, initiates, and advances business development opportunities.
  • Works closely with Marketing on business development opportunities.
  • Participates in project meetings, public hearings, client events, and interview presentations for new projects.
  • Independently develops and maintains client relationships and generates new revenue.
  • Reviews proposals on prospective projects.
  • Develops relationships with new clients.


  • Thoroughly understands and applies standard industry methods, techniques, practices, programs, and standards.
  • Manages and/or solves complex technical problems and mentors the PM and Associate group on problem resolution.
  • Familiar with all applicable federal, state and legal laws, regulations, and guidance pertaining to discipline specific work.
  • Develops QA/QC programs and procedures.
  • Reviews and updates industry-related field methodologies.
  • Familiar with industry-related software.

Project/Task Management:

  • Provides final technical review of project correspondence and deliverables.
  • Oversee management of large-scale complex projects.
  • Oversee management of project scope of services.
  • Ensure proper management of project schedules and deadlines.
  • Directs project employees.
  • Oversees management of project QA/QC.
  • Financial:
  • Continuously monitors project budget and profitability to achieve goals.
  • Monitors and understands group financial reports.
  • Manages project WIP and AR to ensure timely billing and collections.

Professional Development:

  • Participating member of professional organizations/associations.
  • Participates in internal brownbag presentations, occasionally as the presenter.
  • Reads professional publications.
  • Occasionally attends professional seminars.

  • Communication:
  • Timely and appropriately communicates to project employees, subcontractors, and clients.
  • Conducts project specific briefings with project team.
  • Embodies company values of open, direct and honest communication, and mentors group in this area.
  • Leadership/Supervisory:
  • Mentors project managers and associates to develop their skills.
  • Develops or provides input for employee performance development programs.
  • romotes positive, solution-oriented approaches.
  • Delivers specific and detailed instructions.
  • Demonstrates and encourages positive team working capabilities and develops supportive relationships with employees.
  • Embodies company vision, mission, and objectives.

QA/QC Management:

  • Understands and applies company technical manual standard operating procedures.
  • Provides technical review of project work and deliverables according to project specifications.
  • Reviews project deliverables according to industry and company standards with some or no direction of senior technical employees.
  • Loss Prevention/Health & Safety:
  • Complies with company Health & Safety and OSHA procedures.
  • Completes internal Loss Prevention Program.
  • Maintains valid licenses and permits for work activities.
  • Discusses project issues with project managers and associates.
  • Resolves discrepancies with clients.



  • Master’s Degree in related technical field required.
  • 12+ years of experience.


  • Registered RG, CEG, PE, GE or equivalent.

The pay range for this position is $145,000.00- $175,000.00 per year; based on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience of the candidate. Medical, dental, and vision insurance are also offered to full-time employees, along with Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts, with employee and employer contributions. NV5 offers a Flexible PTO for full-time salary employees along with 6 paid holidays a year. 401(k) savings plan; Company Paid Basic life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance; Company Paid Short-term and long-term disability insurance are also provided. NV5 may provide restricted stock units, stay bonuses, or relocation allowances as part of the compensation package. More information can be found via hyperlink here. This information is provided per the salary transparency provisions of the Washington Equal Pay and Opportunities Act. Base pay information is based on market location. Applicants should apply via the NV5 careers site.


NV5 offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, PTO, 401(k) and professional development/advancement opportunities.


NV5 provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. NV5 complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


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