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Inspector of Marine Accidents, Human Factors

Posted 6 days ago by Marine Accident Investigation Branch
Location Southampton Job Type Permanent
Salary £72,944 - £80,238 Sector Occupational, Leadership Roles, Miscellaneous

Do you have extensive experience of analysing human factors in complex operational or safety-critical environments?

If so, we have a rare opportunity to join the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) to investigate marine accidents.

About us

The MAIB is an independent organisation within the Department for Transport. Based in Southampton, the Branch is responsible for investigating accidents and incidents involving UK vessels anywhere in the world, and any vessels within UK territorial waters, with the aim of improving the safety of life at sea and the avoidance of accidents in future. The Branch is not responsible for apportioning blame or liability, nor does it enforce laws or carry out prosecutions.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) comprises 36 specialist and administrative staff. Inspectors are divided into four teams each headed by a Principal Inspector.

About you

You will be an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team of inspectors responsible for investigating a wide range of marine casualties, wherever they occur worldwide, to determine their circumstances and causes. You will also provide specialist human factors support and advice to all the Branch’s investigations as required.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • deploying to accident sites and leading investigations
  • collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses
  • conducting detailed analysis in order to identify safety issues and draft recommendations
  • writing investigation reports and safety bulletins
  • giving evidence at inquests and fatal accident inquiries

You will have extensive and current professional experience of analysing human factors in a complex operational or safety-critical environment.

You will be expected to apply sound judgement and strong leadership skills, and to be empathetic when dealing with next-of-kin or others seriously affected by marine accidents. 

You will be highly motivated and assertive, inquisitive and a critical thinker.  You must be able to work under pressure and be comfortable working in a team or independently. You will require considerable diplomatic skills and be able to engage colleagues and external stakeholders in the discussion of new, unfamiliar or controversial concepts.

You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, be capable of producing accurate and clear written reports to challenging deadlines, and have good presentation skills.  You must also be computer-literate.

Closing date – 6th March 2019