Inspector of Marine Accidents - Engineering - Flexible Working Available

Location
Southampton, Hampshire
Salary
£72,944 - £80,238
Posted
02 Jul 2019
Closes
02 Aug 2019
Hours
Full Time
Contract Type
Permanent

Job description

Do you have extensive senior management experience at sea and ashore in an engineering role? 

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. 

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 have extensive senior management experience at sea and ashore in an engineering role. 

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. 

Department for Transport 

Department for Transport is a great place to work, and our ‘one team’ approach really makes a difference. We value our staff and that’s why we’re committed to nurturing an inclusive environment across the Department. 

You’ll be part of an innovative organisation that invests in all our people, ensuring we have the diverse skills to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future. 

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport

DfT has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017. 

DfT’s inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we’ve made to raise the number of women in senior positions.

Licences

Full UK Driving licence.

Qualifications

STCW95 A-III/2 (Engineering) Certificate of Competency, or equivalent level electro-technical/systems engineering maritime qualifications, or equivalent Royal Navy qualifications and experience.

Behaviours

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Accident Investigation Competence - Written Communication
  • Accident Investigation Competence - Applying Expertise & Technology

Benefits Pensions

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Benefits

Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Ability, Experience and Technical skills.

When considering your experience, please tailor your CV and Personal statement to provide evidence of when you have: 

• Applied technical expertise and effectively demonstrated your detailed job knowledge and specialist experience 
• Built strong interpersonal relationships and shown genuine care and consideration for individuals 
• Demonstrated effective senior leadership at sea and ashore in an engineering role 

Once you have submitted your application you will be invited to complete the online Verbal and Numerical Reasoning Test. Please complete the online tests as soon as possible, the closing date for the tests is 23:59 on 14/08/2019. 

An initial sift of CV and Personal Statement will take place on 19/08/2019. 

Successful candidates at sift will be invited to complete an online Personality Questionnaire prior to attending the Assessment day. Full instructions will be provided by email on when to complete the Questionnaire. 

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include: 

• a full day of activities including interactive, written and timed exercises 

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. For further information on Success Profiles please click here 

Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about: 

• what energises and motivates you 
• how you would manage situations relevant to the role 
• your previous experience 
• your professional skills and knowledge 

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within. 

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information Contact point for applicants

For further information please contact: roger.brydges@dft.gov.uk

Sift/interview dates and location

The sift is due to take place 19/08/2019. 

Interviews/assessment days are likely to be held on either 12/09/2019 or 13/09/2019. 

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates. 

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a security check may be carried out. 

Further information

We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel. 

A reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the merit list you may be considered for the post. Within the merit list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies. 

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process. 

Reasonable adjustment 

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes. 

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should: 

• Contact Government Recruitment Service via DfTRecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs 

• Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional 

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment. 

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact 

Government Recruitment Services via email: dftrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: 
Click here to visit Civil Service Commission 

Childcare Voucher 

Any move to the Department for Transport (DfT) will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. 

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