Graduate Civil Engineer (Materials & Specifications)

ACS is an important provider of Materials Testing, Geo-environmental and Geotechnical services in southern England. Due to continued growth, an opportunity has arisen to appoint a full-time Civil Engineering Graduate member of the Testing Team, based from our office/laboratory in Poole, Dorset.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Reviewing and reporting on clients’ construction project specification documents;
  • Maintaining a good up to date understanding of relevant standards for use of natural construction materials (soils and aggregates);
  • Responding to ad hoc queries from existing and prospective clients regarding materials suitability for use in earthworks;
  • Supporting the preparation of technical reports, including liaison with Clients and Regulators;
  • Liaison with laboratory staff re development of appropriate testing schedules for physical and chemical parameters;
  • A strong focus on Quality and Health & Safety;

The candidate should have the following attributes:

  • A first degree in Civil Engineering;
  • A good understanding of the uses of natural materials in earthworks and general construction;
  • An understanding of the current British and European standards against which the performance of natural materials is specified and measured;
  • The ability to communicate confidently and professionally with colleagues and clients, using verbal and written skills;
  • Strong IT capabilities, including use of Office suite;
  • Enthusiasm, stamina and a willingness to learn new skills in support of career progression;
  • The ability to work effectively, either alone or within a team;

The following attributes are preferred but not essential:

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant subject;
  • Previous experience in a consultancy or testing environment;
  • Membership of a relevant professional body and working towards Chartership;


The successful applicant would gain practical training and technical knowledge from the business, potentially enabling them to progress over time into senior roles within our Team.

Basic package details:

  • Job Type: Full-time, Permanent.
  • Core Working Hours: 08:00 to 17:30, Monday to Friday, with an occasional requirement for overtime working, when necessary.
  • Holidays: 20 days per annum plus Bank Holidays.
  • Salary: To be advised, subject to qualifications & experience. ACS is an Equal Opportunities Employer
    To apply, please email with a recent CV and a covering letter setting out your interest in joining ACS,to Ben Arnold, Geoscience Business Director ( ).