Safety Data Co-Ordinator

Aldershot, Hampshire
£25,638 - £26,382
20 Jul 2020
13 Aug 2020
Contract Type


Are you data fluent, able to provide quality analysis and reports to support good business decision-making?

Can you work with databases, data collection systems, data analytics and dashboards?

If so, this exciting opportunity as our Safety Data Co-Ordinator is for you, and we’d love to hear from you.

Job description

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is part of the Department for Transport. Our purpose is to improve aviation safety by determining the circumstances and causes of air accidents and serious incidents and promoting action to prevent recurrence. We investigate accidents and serious incidents to civil aircraft in the UK (including UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies) and overseas where there is a UK interest.

This is an exciting new role within the AAIB, and you will have the opportunity to shape the future direction it takes. Safety data is key to the AAIB’s purpose, and with attention to detail and strong analytical abilities, you will use your statistical skills to provide quality analysis and reports to our senior management team and external stakeholders. You will be data fluent, able to use a range of software packages and analytical techniques to input, process and communicate data in a clear and accessible way to people at all levels.

The Safety Data Co-ordinator will be responsible for recording, processing and reporting on the AAIB’s safety data ensuring it complies with UK and European legislation and international protocols. This will include preparing safety recommendations and current investigation information for publication on the AAIB’s website; assisting in investigations with the provision of safety data from various sources including National, European and International aviation databases; and providing the aviation industry, wider government and public with key updates on our field investigations and critical safety information. A key part of the role will involve developing the use of the data held in our new Case Management System (CMS), built on a Dynamics 365 platform.


Your role responsibilities will include:

Safety data management, including:-
• managing the safety data held by the AAIB and ensuring compliance with relevant statutory requirements on reporting and
• managing the production of investigation statistics for internal meetings, annual reports and the AAIB website.

Managing the safety recommendation process, including:-
• coordinating AAIB’s safety recommendation process, ensuring compliance with legal requirements and international protocols, and
• participation in investigation progress and safety recommendation meetings, working proactively with colleagues to identify requirements and follow-up actions.

Producing analysis and reports, including:-
• producing reports for stakeholder engagements
• analysis of safety data for investigations by extraction and analysis of data held on the various aviation databases.

If you would like to read more about the role, please refer to the attached role profile document.

Special features of the role:

You will be part of the AAIB's Operations Centre and will be expected to be able to answer the accident line and take calls when required, and provide ad-hoc support to the wider AAIB team.

Training will be offered to develop your skills and knowledge for the role including all relevant software packages and the databases that are accessed by the AAIB.

Due to the nature of AAIB operations, you may be exposed to situations, information and material of a sensitive or traumatic nature (video and photographs) which may be distressing.

You may be required to speak with potentially traumatised accident victims and witnesses, as well as bereaved relatives, using tact and compassion. It is essential that applicants consider these requirements before applying for the post as they will be required to participate in a wellbeing and traumatic stress risk review in advance of their recruitment interview (potential applicants are welcome to contact the AAIB for further information - contact point below).

To support the AAIB’s operation, the successful applicant will be required to join an on-call rota to provide support remotely or from the AAIB’s offices (including out-of-hours). This will include, but not be limited to, providing support in the event of a major aircraft accident and supporting out-of-hours operational activity as required. In addition to the basic salary, for this commitment on-call and out of hours Recruitment and Retention Allowances (RRAs) would be paid once fully trained.

The AAIB site is in a semi-rural area and is not served by public transport, but there is a secure car park on site.

About you

You will have the ability to analyse, model and interpret data utilising a methodical and logical approach. You will have experience of working with complex data sets, and extracting/manipulating data using coding techniques such as Visual Basic, DAX or SQL.

You will work with various stakeholders to set priorities, objectives and timescales, so having relationship building skills will be important to enable you to successfully deliver high quality outcomes. You will need to be able to understand emerging issues and trends that could impact the business and be able to make sound decisions as well as present strong recommendations evidencing benefits and risks and be able to communicate these with influence.

Experience in developing, maintaining and reviewing systems will be key in this role to ensure delivery of a quality service. This role would suit someone who wants to work in a fast-paced, energetic environment, involving capability development for the individual.

About us

The AAIB is an independent unit within the Department for Transport. It reports directly to the Secretary of State for Transport on air safety matters .

The Department for Transport’s mission is to ‘connect 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.

We embrace diversity and celebrate our differences. Everyone is involved in making DfT an inclusive and great place to work. We actively promote a flexible approach to working whilst giving our staff opportunities to maximise their skills and achieve their full potential.

We are different people, one team.

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