Are you looking for a job that enables you to travel and get out and about in the railway industry, as well as working in a highly collaborative and supportive office environment?
Do you have substantial experience at a senior level in one or more of the four following disciplines:
- Human Factors;
- Railway or Tramway Operations;
- Railway Safety Assurance; or
- Rail Vehicle Dynamics
If the answer to all of the above questions is yes, and you have the experience and knowledge we are looking for, then you might be interested in applying to be an inspector at the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB).
The scope of our investigations is wide and varied. Our remit extends to the whole of the UK and includes the mainline railway network, metros (including the London Underground), light railways and tramways, the Channel Tunnel, Northern Ireland Railways and heritage railways. It is independent of the railway industry, safety regulators and prosecution bodies.
You will be directly responsible for investigating accidents and incidents, which will include deploying to site, gathering evidence, conducting tests, detailed analysis and report writing. You will not work alone, but as part of an experienced, enthusiastic and collaborative team. You will also liaise and work with other specialists and industry parties.
Within your role you will:
• investigate accidents to determine the circumstances and the causes;
• be accountable for the quality of your investigation;
• prepare clear and accurate reports, formulate recommendations to prevent future accidents;
• provide expert advice to colleagues; and
• represent the RAIB and liaise with the public and with external organisations.
To enable you to become to become a rail accident investigator, the RAIB will train you and you will gain experience by working alongside other team members in support of their investigations. You will be expected to develop a detailed knowledge of relevant RAIB investigation processes and will be required to demonstrate competencies and experience to become qualified to lead an investigation.
On an ongoing basis you will be expected to keep abreast of developments in railway technology and operations to ensure the currency of your knowledge.
These roles offer exceptional job satisfaction, team working, personal challenge and a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in every aspect of a complex and dynamic industry.
Special features of the role
One week in every three inspectors are on-call and can be required to travel to an accident site anywhere in the UK with only 30 minutes notice. Although at first sight this might seem onerous, duty rosters are published well in advance to enable you to plan ahead, and can nearly always be flexed to accommodate family events and other commitments.
You will have substantial experience at a senior level in one or more of the four following disciplines:
- Human Factors;
- Railway or Tramway Operations;
- Railway Safety Aassurance; or
- Rail Vehicle Dynamics.
You will have excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing, with the ability to adapt your delivery to suit a wide variety of audiences, maximising both impact and understanding. You are someone who gains rapport quickly with others as you build effective working relationships with both colleagues and stakeholders.
You will have confidence in your ability to come in and make a real contribution within our team where you will lead from the front and drive those around you to achieve the same shared objectives. You will have excellent organisational skills with the ability to manage multiple and often conflicting priorities to time and of a high standard.
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.
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.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Making Effective Decisions
- Communicating and Influencing
- Working Together
- Delivering at Pace
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- Applying Expertise and Technology
- Written Communication
Things you need to know
Selection process details
Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.
When considering your experience, please tailor your CV/Personal Statement to provide evidence of:
• Your motivation for wishing to work for the RAIB;
• Communicating complex issues in a way that was easy to understand, and how you influenced a beneficial outcome;
• Using evidence and applying your expertise to analyse a complex issue, and using the knowledge gained to make effective decisions;
• Delivering a significant project when working under time pressure;
• Actively built and maintained a network of colleagues and contacts to achieve progress or shared objectives.
The sift is due to take place w/c 8th June 2020.
Interviews/assessments are likely to be held w/c 29th June 2020.
The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
• an interview and assessment centre
This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.
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.
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.
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.
Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process.
If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check maybe carried out.
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.
A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.
Due to Covid-19, there is less capacity to complete National Security Vetting checks. Vetting is being prioritised for staff either directly involved in the HMG Covid-19 Response or roles in a limited number of agreed high priority areas.
Therefore, in some instances, following successful BPSS pre-employment checks, the successful candidate may commence employment on the premise that NSV higher security checks will be conducted once normal service levels resume. Should NSV checks prove to be unsuccessful, an alternative role, not requiring NSV clearance, will be identified within the department.
If this is not possible the start date for some campaigns will need to be delayed until vetting has been completed.
New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
You will however have access to the governments Tax Free Childcare scheme.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.