Forensic Investigator (Graduate)

Precision Recruitment UK Ltd
Birmingham, West Midlands
£25000 - £40000/annum
20 May 2017
19 Jun 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Forensic Investigator

Location: Nationwide

Package: £25k - £40k (depending on experience), Life Insurance, Private Medical Insurance, Permanent Health Insurance, Car Allowance, 25 Holiday days

Are you a degree educated Automotive / Mechanical Engineer with a keen interest in failure analysis, forensic investigation and working out the root cause of technical issues?

We have a great career progression opportunity for a Forensic Investigator to be trained by Experts in Forensic Engineering.

This career opportunity is rewarding, extremely challenging and a unique proposition for those who thrive on technically focused work. You will learn from the experts within the Forensic Vehicle Engineering industry.

The Company

My client are very well established in providing a wide range of forensic investigation services both internationally and nationwide. Advising clients across the legal, insurance and commercial sectors including loss adjusters, insurance brokers, police forces, government departments and industrial corporations.

The Role

Road traffic accidents are often traumatic incidents and litigation arising as a result is becoming more common as court awards increase and injured parties become more aware of the compensation that may be available to them.

My client has wide experience in this field relating not only to accidents involving cars, but also buses, heavy goods vehicles, farm equipment, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. Their detailed engineering knowledge of how vehicles operate and behave is invaluable when understanding how an accident occurred.

Why appoint a Forensic Investigator?

It can be very difficult to determine the precise cause of road traffic accidents because:

Witness statements may conflict or be inaccurate

The parties involved may not wish to show themselves in a bad light

Accidents by their nature happen very quickly

Very often there is more than one contributory factor

There can be large amounts of compensation at stake

Witnesses can be influenced by the severity of the injuries

Road traffic accidents may be caused in many ways:

* Excess speed
* Lack of attention
* Vehicle defect or inadequate maintenance
* Poor visibility arising from weather conditions, obstructions, time of day or road layout
* The influence of drink, drugs or fatigue

There may be more than one cause in which case contributory negligence might apply.

How do they investigate Road Traffic Accidents?

The Police attend most serious road traffic accidents and produce a report, which contains contemporaneous information such as plans and photographs. The Police Report, witness evidence and details established from a visit to the accident scene are used to reconstruct the most probable sequence of events leading to the accident. An examination of the vehicles involved is often carried out.

Consideration is also given to:

Visibility available to the driver

Road layout and design

Stopping distances

Weather conditions

Speeds of the vehicles involved

Vehicle stability (particularly where a vehicle has overturned)

The actions of those involved

Condition and service history of the vehicles involved, including tyres

Poor highway/pavement design and maintenance

Simulation of the accident is undertaken by calculations performed both manually and by computer. They use specialised computer software to analyse the pre and post impact trajectories of vehicles, to reconstruct the visibility available to the driver and witnesses, to prepare plans from photographs of the scene and other analyses that assist in understanding an accident.

About You

Have attained a good honours degree in either Automotive or Mechanical Engineering

Be interested in cars, vehicles, motorbikes and/or motor racing

A higher degree by study or research (eg MSc or PhD) is desirable

Be able to complete a day’s site work including some physical exertion

Have the ability to communicate technical concepts clearly, both verbally and in writing, to others less informed than yourself

Be prepared to work unpredictable hours, as and where the work demands

Have gained several years of postgraduate experience

Precision Recruitment have been instructed on this assignment and all applications will be managed by this process.


Here are your three options:

1. “This is the job for me! When can I start?” – Call now and let’s talk through your experience. Ask for Michelle Fletcher, Forensic Search Specialist on (Apply online only) between 8am – 5.30pm

2. “I think I’m right for this position, but I’m not sure I have enough to me get an interview” – Click “apply now” so I can read your CV and let you know.

3. “I’m interested but need to know more about what this job can offer me” email michellef @ (url removed) with your CV and questions and I will reply with more detail