Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer & Business Unit Manager

Posted Date 2 months ago(1/12/2024 12:00 PM)
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US-OR-Wilsonville | US-WA-Vancouver | US-OR-Portland | US-WA-Seattle
Regular Full-Time


NV5, Inc. is seeking a highly motivated, self-driven PRINCIPAL GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEER & BUSINESS UNIT MANAGER 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.


Group Management:

  • Leads by example, supports the firm’s goals and objectives, and follows the firm’s policies and procedures.
  • Manage large-scale, complex projects to ensure the effective functioning of the group and project deliverables.
  • Generate and/or monitor all available MIS reports to proactively manage group and office workload and profitability.
  • Manage project work in progress and accounts receivable, providing leadership to project managers and interacting with clients as appropriate to forestall and resolve problems.
  • Manage administrative staff including reception and document editing personnel including daily workflow and employee performance evaluation.

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.
  • Prepares proposals on prospective projects, assigning project management responsibilities to group employees.


  • Manages project and office budgets for profitability to achieve firm objectives.
  • Monitors group and office financial reports.
  • Manages office and group WIP and AR to ensure timely billing and collections.
  • Monitors and approves group weekly time and expense reports.


  • Manages all employees assigned to manager’s group.
  • Manages business unit operations.
  • Demonstrates excellent conflict resolution skills.
  • Provides coaching, training, and conducts performance appraisals.
  • Prepares employee development plans to assist employees in realizing professional goals and to address performance issues.
  • Initiates and participates in recruitment efforts.
  • Disseminates publications and technical information as appropriate to foster a continuous education environment.
  • Works as part of the corporate senior management team to develop and improve processes and procedures.

Professional Development:

  • Participating member of professional organizations/associations.
  • Participates in internal Brownbag presentations.
  • Develops and manages program of internal brownbag presentations.
  • Reads professional publications.
  • Occasionally attends professional seminars.


  • Timely and appropriately communicates to project employees, subcontractors, principal-in-charge, and clients.
  • Performs advanced level technical writing.
  • Embodies company values of open, direct and honest communication, and mentors group in this area.

QA/QC Management:

  • Understands and applies company technical manual standard operating procedures.
  • Ensures group-wide consistent application of QA/QC policies and procedures to maximize error free project deliverables.

Loss Prevention/Health & Safety:

  • Ensures group compliance with company Health & Safety and OSHA procedures.
  • Completes internal Loss Prevention Program and ensures group completion of same.
  • Ensures all group employees have completed appropriate training programs and licenses and permits are up to date.
  • Discusses project issues with principal-in-charge.
  • Coordinates with senior technical employees to resolves discrepancies with clients.



  • Master’s degree in related technical field required.
  • 10+ years of experience in related field.


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


The pay range for this position is $165,000.00- $185,000.00 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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