Team Leader Location: Manchester Salary: Commensurate with experience The Geosciences team within RSK Group is one of the UK’s largest geotechnical and contaminated land consultancies with ambitious plans for growth in the future. The Geosciences team provides consultancy and design services to a range of external clients including engineers, developers, house-builders, infrastructure, power supply, oil companies and local authorities. Our current workload includes major infrastructure projects, housing and distribution warehousing developments and landfills. RSK prides itself on providing its staff with a rewarding and challenging career, encouraging Continuous Professional Development and allowing employees to reach their full potential. RSK is currently recruiting for a Team Leader with a Geotechnical or Geo-environmental back ground to join the team in Manchester. Working with the existing experienced team you will get involved with a vast array of projects predominately within the housing, energy and manufacturing sector. Team Leader – Manchester Main function A Team Leader will usually be Director, Associate or Principal staff grade who assists the regional / business unit director in his/her responsibility to ensure that RSK Geosciences, and specifically the team for which he/she is responsible, is a financially successful business unit that operates within the Law. The Team Leader is responsible for the overall operation and development of the team, which operates either mainly in the field of project investigations with both a geotechnical and an environmental content, or in another niche scientific or engineering discipline. It is expected that Director or Associate Director grade staff should have a wide industry awareness, be at the forefront of technical capability within their own discipline and be equipped to provide leadership in day to day operational issues such as staff development and project financial management, and be self-motivated, exhibit a proactive approach, and work well within a team environment. Qualifications & Experience Requirements Typically requires Chartered status or equivalent. Typically requires at least twelve years post-graduate relevant experience for Associate Director grade and fifteen years post-graduate relevant experience for Director grade, of which at least three years should have been at Associate Director grade. Team Leaders require excellent professional and managerial skills. Memberships Would typically have Fellowship of the Geological Society of London and be a Chartered Geologist or Scientist, or be a Chartered Engineer with corporate membership of another appropriate professional institution (eg ICE, IMMM). Principal Skills Required In addition to the technical skills required at Principal Consultant grade, team leaders should possess the following key skills: Lead in implementation of the SHEQ system Use excellent written English, including being succinct in emails, letters and technical reports Provide a good role model in appearance and outlook, in self-management, including self time management and prioritisation, and in assertiveness and negotiation on behalf of the company Monitor the well-being and motivation of staff within the team and respond to over-stress and other issues that may arise in conjunction with the regional / business unit director Routinely promote professional and technical practices, standards and ethics within the team Provide leadership in working capital issues that apply to the team, including timely and frequent billing, minimising work in progress, accurate forecasting of work in progress and collection of debt. Ability to effectively influence at all levels and specifically to their teams ensure that all project managers properly manage project cost and sales budgets and management of toggling and other Focal Point requirements. Provide leadership in client care and in management of client expectations. In line with RSK’s Investment Committee procedures, notify the Regional / Business Unit Director and Managing Director of all requests to undertake non-standard terms and conditions, Deeds of appointment, Novation agreements, Assignments and Collateral Warranty agreements. Line manager responsibility Team Leaders will have overall report responsibility to the Regional / Business Unit Director (or nominated deputy), will also be expected to manage large projects and take responsibility for managing project staff, as well as to take instructions and appropriate guidance from Regional / Business Unit Director grade staff. Duties and responsibilities A typical list of duties and responsibilities is given below. Provide leadership in implementation of the SHEQ system by: Make sure all team members have appropriate PPE and have attended driver awareness training Encourage staff to use STAR principle Sign off health and safety plans Provide feedback on incidents and lessons learnt at team meetings Promote knowledge of policies and procedures Undertake site inspections, project reviews and other audits as required Communicate any team members concerns to the Regional / Business Unit Director Ensure any potential RIDDOR in addition to injuries is communicated to Regional / Business Unit Director Support the Regional / Business Unit Director by providing leadership in working capital issues, including: Monitor all KPI data on a daily basis relevant to the team and prepare billing schedules and work in progress reports, as required Support staff in delivering excellent project work, issuing timely and accurate invoices, and collecting debt Assist the Regional / Business Unit Director in preparation of the annual financial Budget and Forecasts, and monitor team performance against budget. Set an example technically by: Review staff training needs and aid the regional / business unit director in maintaining a staff training and competency matrix Set an example and encourage staff to become members of a professional institution and support them in their career progression towards chartership Develop the team by undertaking staff appraisals annually, and ensure that nominated other staff undertake staff appraisals of more junior staff in a timely manner Engage with the geosciences training scheme Identify suitable project managers with appropriate technical capabilities or with support from others where we want to develop an individual to meet appraisal objectives Attend internal and external training events e.g. speaking at and attending evening seminars, sitting on steering groups or executive committees, representing RSK at marketing events Oversees project managers and aids project managers in identifying appropriate project team with availability Ensure that key staff in their team have a nominated back-up member of staff either within their team or another team in conjunction with the Regional / Business Unit Director Support project managers and project staff in delivering high quality, project results on time Work with the Regional / Business Unit Director and Managing Director to develop a structure such that all personnel in the team know their roles and responsibilities, including their line manager and those they are responsible for Develop staff in conjunction with the technical team where appropriate Identify courses / seminars that would develop their team and the wider business Maintain and develop new personal contacts and update the CRM with all marketing activities. Support sales and project managers in identifying and writing up case studies Accountable for the delivery of all project work Supports project managers to ensure the delivery of project work to deadlines Encourage efficient management of change Promote the use of specific systems either through their team or through specific people, i.e. gINT go to people In addition to the typical duties and responsibilities listed above the job holder is required to perform other related duties as necessary to the strategic implementation of RSK’s business plan. Technical aspects of the proposed role would include the following depending on back ground of the candidate: Principal Skills Required (Geoenvironmental Role): Understood and have read safety control measures Preparation of project safety risk assessment Good knowledge of the principal soil and rock strata encountered in the UK & Ireland Be able to log samples using the descriptions contained within Eurocodes 7. Be familiar with and able to interpret geological maps Be familiar with and able to interpret published geological data Be familiar with and able to interpret historical maps and other sources of historical information Be familiar with and able to interpret hydrogeological / hydrological maps A thorough understanding of water, ground and soil gas monitoring techniques A thorough understanding of waste management and contaminated land regulatory and legislative framework A thorough knowledge of the relevant guidelines and codes of practice for the investigation and assessment of contaminated land A sound ability to produce conceptual models demonstrating contaminant linkages An ability to use the conceptual model to design and justify the nature and scope of site investigation works. Ability to update a conceptual model using site investigation data An understanding and practical use of generic assessment criteria for human health, groundwater and surface water for all media (soil, groundwater, surface water, ground gas and soil gas) A sound understanding of generic quantitative risk assessment (GQRA) techniques including statistical evaluation of data An understanding of options available after GQRA, including detailed quantitative risk assessment models and remediation options, eg design of cover systems An understanding of the purpose of basic geotechnical tests and be able to schedule them appropriately would be advantageous A good understanding of different foundation options available for structures would be advantageous Good oral and written skills Competence in the use of computer software packages required for project work (Word, Excel, Access, Holebase, Oasys and appropriate data handling packages, including gINT and CLT). Competence in the use of Focal Point. Good practical skills Good time management skills Good people management skills Good interpersonal and presentation skills An understanding of project finances and project financial control. Principal Skills Required (Geotechnical Role): Understood and have read safety control measures Preparation of project safety risk assessment Good knowledge of the principal soil and rock strata encountered in the UK & Ireland Be able to log samples using the descriptions contained within Eurocodes 7. Be familiar with and able to interpret geological maps Be familiar with and able to interpret published geological data Be familiar with and able to interpret historical maps and other sources of historical information Be familiar with and able to interpret hydrogeological / hydrological maps A thorough understanding of water, ground and soil gas monitoring techniques A thorough knowledge of the relevant guidelines and codes of practice for the investigation and assessment of contaminated land BEng or equivalent in Civil or Geotechnical Engineering or similar Typically a further degree in Soil/Rock Mechanics, Geotechnics or equivalent would be desirable Chartered status or working towards chartership with either the ICE or another relevant professional body Typically requires at least 5 years specific relevant experience A thorough understanding of geology, ground investigation works, engineering geology, geotechnical engineering and earthworks Significant and demonstrable experience of geotechnical inspections, studies, design and reporting Previous experience of managing and validating earthworks projects using SHW documentation Able to complete factual and interpretative assessments Able to deliver projects and work within a multi-disciplinary consultancy Able to write proposals that are both technically sound and commercially accurate Provide strong technical leadership and mentoring skills to junior staff Strong track record in managing time and resources effectively and within budget Salary and benefits: £commensurate with experience Contributory Pension Scheme A flexible benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays and private health care Regular training and career development All candidates applying for positions with RSK Group must be eligible to work in the UK/European Economic Area. Candidates should confirm this when applying with their CV and covering letter. For more information please call Nikita Soni, HR Advisor on 07741 726 422 or email NSoni@rsk.co.uk RSK is committed to our Corporate Responsibility strategy. We seek to minimise our impact on the environment; to engage positively with the community and education groups; to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere in which to work; and to promote Corporate Responsibility throughout our supply chain. RSK Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer.