Careers at SOCOTEC

Why work for SOCOTEC?

Our employees are the bedrock of our business and we recognise that it is the calibre of the people that make up our teams that differentiates us from our competitors. As such, we work hard to recruit, develop and retain the best talent in the industry.


About us

SOCOTEC is the UK's leading provider of testing, inspection and compliance services. We offer an unrivalled range of technical expertise and services through a nationwide network of UKAS-accredited laboratories, consultancy services and field-based operations. Join us, and you’ll be part of a 1,700-strong team that helps the business carry out 7 million tests per year for 5,000 clients.

Working at SOCOTEC

Whether you are just starting out, or bring years of experience with you we’ll support you in achieving the next step in your career. We invest heavily in our employees and the latest technology to ensure we remain at the forefront of innovation. Become part of our team and you’ll be working alongside technical experts who take pride in the quality of service that we offer.

We are always looking for people who share our three key values:

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    Commitment and Excellence

    Help make SOCOTEC the business it is today.

  • Innovation

    Challenge and Innovation

    Focus on clients and able to give them the benefits of home-grown innovation through close, productive partnerships. 

  • Partnership and Accountability

    Accountability and Partnership

    It all adds up to a highly professional, forward-looking culture where people feel inspired to look for ways to improve and raise standards even higher. At the same time, there’s a constant drive to grow the organisation and a robust commercial mind-set. While the work at SOCOTEC can be challenging and comes with high expectations, there’s plenty of training available to support you.

Your career

It’s all about developing our employees for the future, and strengthening our skills and capabilities as an organisation. We offer a blend of technical and management courses to invest in your potential.

In addition to our core learning and development courses, we run the SOCOTEC Technical Training Academy. This supports employees’ development; offering opportunities to gain academic and professional qualifications, memberships to professional bodies and enhanced management skills. So far, our learners have achieved qualifications including Level 3 Diploma in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (LATA); Level 3 Certificate in Laboratory Technical Skills; and Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science.

SOCOTEC's Technical Training Academy

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    Our Roles

    Our people have worked on some of the country’s most exciting and high-profile developments including The Shard and the Olympic Park. We also help some of the UK’s biggest companies, click here to read case studies of major projects that we have worked on.

    To provide such a wide range of services, we need a workforce with a diverse range of skills. Here are just some of our key roles:

    • Careers lab based


      From our network of UKAS-accredited testing facilities across the UK, we offer multiple technical disciplines across the Infrastructure & Energy and Environment & Safety sectors. We therefore need an expert team to perform and manage analysis. This work could involve anything from geotechnical studies and foundations testing, to health and safety compliance. Although the projects are wide-ranging, the day to day tasks can sometimes be repetitive. The work of our lab team is crucial in helping diverse organisations deliver projects, and in providing peace of mind by assessing risk and compliance.

    • Careers site based


      With clients located all over the country, we need experts to travel nationwide and carry out work on site. You can join us in a variety of technical and analytical posts, with Driller and Surveyor two of the most important. No matter your role, you can be sure we’ll make your job easier by providing the latest technology.

      Driller - This is a very exciting role where you could work on all kinds of projects; everything from foundations for buildings to £multi-million land reclamations. We work on highway, power, rail, utility and industrial developments – both on land and over water – so expect plenty of variety and different working locations. Click here to read what the role entails.

      Surveyor - As a Surveyor, you’ll get to use the latest underground utility detection technology including Radio Frequency Location (RFL) and Ground Penetration Radar (GPR). And soon, you could be using advanced laser scanning systems too. With the chance to master and use this state-of-the-art technology, you’ll be at the forefront of progress in your field.


    • Careers office based

      Head Office & Support Team

      In addition to a wide range of technical and field roles, we have some great opportunities within Head Office and our Support Team. Here, we need professionals in everything from Finance and HR, to Sales and IT. As our business grows and evolves, the scope for people in this team is growing ever broader.

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