Graduate or Project Engineer (Site Investigation)


Southern Testing has been established for more than 50 years providing geotechnical and geoenvironmental consultancy and ground investigation contracting services to the private and public sectors. We are ranked in the top 20 engineering consultants in the UK and probably in the top 5 geotechnical / geoenvironmental consultants.

Your Role and Qualifications

You will be qualified to at least degree level in civil or geotechnical engineering, engineering geology, geology, mining geology or environmental science.  The level of experience required for this position is flexible, but we envisage somewhere between 2 and 15 years in Site Investigation or a similar discipline.  This might be with another site investigation company, engineering consultancy or similar. You will be familiar with the contents of BS5930 and BS1377.

You will have the opportunity to help grow our new rural office at Hannington near Basingstoke in Hampshire.  You will be required, as a minimum, to carry out Phase 1 Desk Studies, specify and manage site investigations and write interpretative geotechnical and geoenvironmental reports.

The role will involve a significant amount of site work.  It would suit someone who likes outdoor work but is looking for a good mix of site work and office based report writing.

A full valid UK driving licence is required

What We Can Offer You

We are looking for high calibre candidates and in return we are offering a very generous package.  The benefits package will include:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Annual, Christmas and Profit Related Bonuses
  • 23 days’ leave on commencement, rising to 28 days’ annual leave.
  • Company car
  • Stakeholder pension scheme
  • Non-contributory life assurance scheme
  • Professional membership fees paid

We are an independent, management owned company with a strong commitment to our staff, evidenced by our low staff turnover (more than 50% of our staff have been with us for more than 10 years).  We have a total staff of 75 with 55-60 professional/technically qualified.  We put a strong emphasis on professional development for all our staff.  We provide an in-house programme of training for more junior staff, and external CPD training days.  We encourage attendance at professional meetings with financial incentives for evening meetings.

How to apply

If you are interested please apply to Stuart Pratt, at Keeble House, Stuart Way, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 4QA.  If you would like to discuss the position informally you may speak to Stuart on 01342 333100.  Alternatively please send an email to

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Southern Testing are continuing to work through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, including carrying out site work where it is safe to do so.

The Government have given express support to the Construction sector and have issued specific guidance for working on site. The Construction Leadership Council have also issued guidance.

We have revised our travelling and working practices to ensure that our staff are protected, and to meet the particular requirements of the guidance as well as our own risk assessments. The guidance and our working practices are under constant review.

Most site investigation work can be undertaken safely under the current restrictions.

We are committed to helping all our clients, old and new, during this difficult time. Should you have any site investigation requirements, or wish to discuss a particular project, please do not hesitate to contact us.