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Deputy Director, Aviation Strategy and Consumers

Contract Type
Public Sector
Circa £107,000
Expiry Date
This is a challenging, varied and responsible role, accountable to the Secretary of State for Transport on all matters related to marine accident investigation.

Job Description

 The MAIB makes a vital contribution to the safe operation of the UK’s maritime interests, domestically and around the world. You will need to be comfortable working in fast-moving and complex environments, but also demonstrate commitment to continuous improvement and professional standards. You will require the ability to communicate at all levels – from providing expert advice into senior levels of government through to the sensitive handling of people directly impacted by accidents. As a leader, you will need the confidence and judgement to operate independently and impartially, and the management skills to get the most from an outstanding team. In return, this hugely engaging role also offers a competitive package, including generous paid annual leave, pension scheme, extensive training opportunities and work-life balance. 

The Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents is the head of the MAIB and is personally responsible for the conduct of accident investigations. All accident reports are published on his or her authority. The Chief Inspector reports directly to the Secretary of State for Transport on safety matters; administrative functions are handled through 
the DfT’s Maritime Directorate as part of the International, Security and Environment Group. 

The Chief Inspector is tasked with improving safety at sea, discharging the UK’s responsibility for the independent safety investigation of marine accidents, and satisfying all stakeholders that marine accidents are investigated in an exemplary manner. To deliver those outcomes, the postholder’s objectives include: 

Ensuring that all accident investigations are conducted thoroughly and effectively and that they meet the requirements and expectations of national and international regulations, including providing direction 
for the conduct of the investigations; 

  • Developing and promulgating appropriate recommendations, and publishing high quality and timely reports; 
  • Acting as professional head of the Branch, providing expert advice to the Department for Transport as required, being the principal public voice for the Branch and exercising technical oversight of the most complex cases; 
  • Leading a team of 40 staff and budget of c. £4m, managing prioritisation, the work programme and building long-term technical and professional capacity; 
  • Maintaining a strong relationship with maritime industry bodies, including ship owners/managers, professional bodies, seafarers’ representatives, classification societies, port authorities,insurers and others, whilst ensuring sufficient detached objectivity to carry out the MAIB's task; 
  • Representing the Branch and the UK in international forums such as the International Maritime Organisation, the European Maritime Safety Agency and the Marine Accident Investigators’ International Forum; 
  • Supporting transport and maritime safety collaboration, through joint working with other domestic accident investigation branches and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency; 

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate capability in the following areas. 


  • A professional background at a senior level within the maritime sector, ideally supported by a professional qualification in a recognised maritime discipline and/ or substantial senior level experience at sea; 
  • Strong leadership skills demonstrated through significant experience of motivating and developing professional teams, and the ability to understand the strategic picture; 
  • Excellent communication skills and high personal impact, including the ability and credibility to establish and maintain trusting relationships – with Ministers and senior officials, with stakeholders in the shipping industry, and with the media; 
  • A track record of driving high professional standards through staff development, embracing new technology, and effective performance management; 
  • Ability to use judgement and negotiation to resolve difficult situations and achieve sensible, practical outcomes without compromising standards or integrity; 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in sensitive situations, sufficient to indicate a capability to work with the bereaved and others affected by a marine accident, and to support a team which necessarily deals with often difficult situations; 
  • Proven ability to manage budgets and risk in organisations at senior management level. 


  • Shore management experience within the commercial shipping industry, or a comparable role elsewhere within the maritime sector; 
  • Knowledge and experience of safety management or accident investigation, including relevant techniques and technologies; 
  • Familiarity with working with international organisations, and a track record of being able to influence decision making. 


Closing date: 28th May 2018.