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Deputy Chief Inspector Marine Accident Investigation Branch

Deputy Chief Inspector Marine Accident Investigation Branch

Published: 20 July 2022

Deputy Chief Inspector - Marine Accident Investigation Branch

Department for Transport


Reference number



£84,408 - £92,848


Grade 6

Grade 6AN (specialist Accident Investigation Branch grade)

Contract type


Business area

DFT - Aviation, Maritime, International & Security Group (AMIS)

Type of role


Working pattern

Full-time, Job share

Number of posts





About the job


Are you looking for a role where you can improve safety at sea and make a difference to lives?

Can you lead and give direction to a team with your knowledge and experience in the marine industry?

Do you have an altruistic sense? If so, we'd love to hear from you!

This is an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to move into the next step in their career in marine industry and has the passion to not only make a difference but seek solutions in order to make continuous improvements to the safety at sea.

Job description

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch’s purpose is to improve safety at sea. It has established itself as a world leader in its field and deploys investigation teams nationally and internationally from its headquarters in central Southampton.

As the Deputy Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents, you will be responsible for managing the main operational activities of the Branch at all stages of its investigations, as well as dealing with a wide range of stakeholders in UK and abroad.

Much of the MAIB’s work involves tragic and often fatal accidents. The post-holder will become intimately involved in the detail of investigations, deploying to scene as necessary for more significant cases, and ready to engage at short notice with a wide range of stakeholders including bereaved relatives.


Key accountabilities of the role include:

  • Providing direction for the timely conduct of high-quality marine accident investigations


  • Ensuring the highest standards of governance and commercial management in relation to the procurement of the equipment, facilities, site management and technical support, as required for investigations and ongoing operational activities
  • Validating causal analysis conducted during investigations, overseeing the formulation of well-founded recommendations and quality assuring investigations and investigation reports

  • Developing and maintaining strong relationships with a wide range of industry stakeholders, including the sharing of good practice in the field of marine accident investigation

  • Deputising, as necessary, for the Chief Inspector to perform the legal and governance duties of that role and to represent the branch when engaging with senior stakeholders in the government, industry and overseas

For an in-depth insight into the role please refer to the Role Profile.

About You


You will be expected to apply sound judgement under pressure and have both strong leadership and managerial skills. You will be highly motivated, inquisitive and a critical thinker who is able to engage with new, unfamiliar or controversial concepts. You will require considerable diplomatic skills, be comfortable engaging with people from all walks of life, and be empathetic when dealing with the victims, next-of-kin and others affected by marine accidents.

You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and have the critical skills necessary to quality assure the work of others. You also will have good presentational skills and be confident and comfortable when engaging with a wide variety of audiences.