Investigation Support Specialist (Electronic Data) - Flexible Working Available

Southampton, Hampshire
24 Feb 2020
18 Mar 2020
Full Time
Contract Type



About the job 

Are you a confident individual with an analytical mind?

Would you love to be part of a team that recovers ships black boxes on behalf of the Government?

If so, then we are looking for an Investigation Support Specialist to join our team within the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), and we’d love to hear from you!

Job description

The MAIB is an independent unit within the Department for Transport (DfT) with responsibility for investigating accidents involving UK-registered vessels anywhere in the world, and any vessel in UK territorial waters (12 mile limit). With a team of 38, all based in Spring Place Southampton, the MAIB is a strategic element within the UK Government with the sole purpose of improving maritime safety.

As an Investigation Support Specialist (ISS), you will be responsible for providing key technical support during investigations by ensuring that the best use is made of all the available electronic evidence, including that from Voyage Data Recorders (VDR). Reporting to the Senior Investigation Support Specialist, you will provide onsite technical assistance to accident investigators throughout the investigation process. This will include all aspects of electronic evidence recovery from accident sites; analysis of recovered data using several specialist and complex tools; and the preparation of technical data for presentations and briefings.

You will work extensively with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) including ESRI’s ArcGIS for Desktop. A key aspect of the role will be to advise the accident team about the possibilities and limitations of the data obtained. Aside for direct support to ongoing investigations, you will have a key role helping the Branch to further develop its data recovery and analysis capabilities.

You will work in a 1-in-4 roster, ready to deploy at 2 hours’ notice to accident sites anywhere in the world, occasionally in remote locations. You will need an acceptable level of fitness; able to access vessels via pilot ladder, to move easily around vessels, and, potentially, to work in disrupted environments. Training in data recovery techniques will be provided.

The ISS (Electronic Data) will also be required to support the Branch’s Database Administrator with database related work streams, projects and statistical analysis. As well as support the management of the Branch’s suit of databases and analytical tools.


Your responsibilities will include:

• Support inspectors in the identification, recovery and analysis of technical evidence relating to marine accidents.
• Work closely with inspectors on each case to identify relevant sources of evidence throughout the investigation.
• Provide forensic data recovery and analysis of complex data, including imaging and cloning of memory and the use of forensic analysis tools to recover embedded, protected or deleted data.
• Preparation of information and figures for the branch’s published media.
• Supporting internal, external and international partners on matters relating to electronic data recovery and analysis.

About you

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 be required to react quickly and decisively to ensure perishable data is not lost or overwritten.

This critical role requires candidates with a proven relevant technical background, excellent communication and people skills. You will have an analytical mind with the ability to communicate technical information to a non-technical audience.

You will need experience in Geographic Information Systems and working with databases. As well as a high level of IT and technical proficiency. You will also be comfortable working with data, from gathering and analysis through to design and presentation.

About us

Our mission at the Department for Transport is ‘connecting people and places’. Everything we do to achieve this is reinforced by our values:
- Confidence: to challenge, to take action, to innovate
- Excellence: in our professionalism, in our delivery, in our learning
- Teamwork: we are inclusive, we collaborate, we support each other
These values define the kind of organisation we want to be – delivering for today whilst being ambitious for tomorrow.

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


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Changing and Improving
  • Delivering at Pace


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

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

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

The sift is due to take place from 19th March 2020.

Interviews/assessments will be held between the 31st March - 3rd April 2020.

Interview location to be confirmed.

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.

Please tailor your CV/Personal Statement to evidence your experience of the following:
• Geographic Information Systems development or analysis
• Database development or analysis
• Basic programming and scripting knowledge and experience
• Working with and analysing complex data
• High level of IT literacy and understanding of PC architecture

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

• an interview with one or more 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.

Further Information

This role is full time only. Applicants who wish to work an alternative pattern are welcome to apply however your preferred working pattern may not be available and you should discuss this with the vacancy holder before applying.

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.

We may hold a merit list for up to twelve months. 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.

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 successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

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 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.

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

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   Richard North Email :   Recruitment team : Email : Further information

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: 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

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