• Leiden , The Netherlands
  • Bachelor / Master
  • Starter

About the Job

As a Foundation Engineer you will work in the Technology & HSC department, specifically within the Foundation Engineering group. The Foundation Engineering group provides geotechnical support for product & business development, studies, tenders and commercial projects within one of the business units (Transport and Installation, Wind or Decommissioning).

During the preparation period of a platform installation you will check what kind pile driving equipment can do the job and how the stability is of the platform while installing. Reviewing the pile design including sensitivity to pile sway and performing a pile driveability analysis are input for planning and will also help the tender team with their risk analyses. With a large in-house database of installed projects you will optimize the pile installation and keep the data base up to date. Furthermore you provide input regarding noise due to impact hammering to tender and project teams. Finally you will go offshore on one of our crane vessels to see with your own eyes what you have prepared. On board you will support the fleet to carry out the work, register (pile monitoring) data and take the data back to the office to analyse and adapt our models if needed. For decommissioning tender and jobs you will provide input with respect to drilling or airlifting equipment to be used.

Daily activities
As a Foundation Engineer you are responsible for:

  • Provide pile design input by performing pile installation, like pile driveability analysis;
  • Review on bottom stability and mudmat analyses for substructures (i.e. jackets); Involved in selection, design, and allocation of pile installation equipment (i.e. hammers, pile lifting tools, followers, drilling - and airlifting  equipment, etc.);
  • Offshore monitoring of pile installation, and pile top and hammer sway motions;
  • Select and design noise mitigation measures during pile driving to comply with noise regulations;
  • Maintain and extend the Foundation Experience Database to keep our models up-to-date;
  • Go -offshore to provide Foundation Engineering support on board world’s largest crane vessels;


You are a team player who organizes and plans work effectively and efficiently. You are quality and result oriented and have the ability to easily adapt when needed. Next to this you are interested in various divisions of the organization; and aware of who the decisions makers and influential people are. You are an easy communicator who can present the results of relevant technical analyses in a clear and concise way, also to a non-technical audience. You can build and maintain networks with a variety of parties outside the company.

Furthermore, you have:

  • Graduated in a Bachelor and/or Master degree in Civil Engineering
  • Active in geotechnical business for at least 1 year; 
  • Interest to learn new (driveability) programs and help them improve based on (your own) offshore experience;
  • Software skills to improve programs
  • Analytical skills to analyse pile installation and you will support and provide feedback to our project team and client.

What we offer

  • Excellent secondary labor conditions, such as a bonus payment, a first-class pension scheme and various insurance plans;
  • Holiday; 30 working days;
  • Ample opportunities for personal and professional development;
  • Free use of Heerema Marine Contractors’ in-house fitness facility;
  • Opportunities to develop your initiatives within a team;
  • An informal working environment with international colleagues;
  • A centrally located office with a good accessibility and parking.


If you feel that you can add to the performance of Heerema Marine Contractors, you are welcome to upload your resume and your motivation letter or to sign up for our Job Alert. 

Working at Heerema Marine Contractors

Heerema Marine Contractors has built itself a solid global reputation in the offshore industry. Originally for the transportation and installation of fixed oil and gas platforms, standing on the seabed. And for the removal of old platforms at the end of their working life. We are helping the industry to push back its own boundaries. By enabling it to operate further and further from the coast, for example, and in ever deeper water. Heerema owns the largest crane vessels in the world: Sleipnir, Thialf, Balder and Aegir. In addition, the Heerema fleet has a range of equipment, such as tugs, barges, offshore lifting and pile-driving equipment.  

Opening up opportunities at these extremes, where conditions are often very difficult, has required an exponential increase in the scale and complexity of the necessary infrastructure. This means that you will face new and even greater challenges, demanding your ingenious solutions and contractor mentality.