Travelers Forensic Engineer-Accident Reconstruction in Helena, Montana
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Job Description Summary
This position is for a Forensic Specialist I to serve as a subject matter expert in the field of accident reconstruction within the Travelers Risk Control Forensic Laboratory.
As a member of the Travelers Forensic team, you will work with the Risk Control and Claim Departments to investigate a wide variety of vehicle related insurance losses. The job entails conducting on-site investigations, analyzing failures/accidents and consulting internally with professionals within the Property, Liability, and Subrogation departments.
Primary Job Duties & Responsibilities
The forensic specialist will serve as a technical expert in accident reconstruction and vehicle failures. The forensic specialist will be required to travel to loss scenes to become part of a claim investigation team. To this end the forensic specialist will be responsible for various aspects of the investigation including scene analysis, witness interviews, evidence collection and preservation. Following the scene exam, the responsibilities will include developing protocols for laboratory testing and providing technical advice and consulting with attorneys and Claims professionals assigned to the loss. The forensic specialist will be required to conduct research and testing associated with the loss, and prepare verbal and/or written reports on the results. All of the work performed will follow Travelers policies regarding rules of evidence, quality, scene and lab safety procedures/policies.
The forensic specialist may be required to become familiar with applicable codes and industry standards as well as laboratory testing protocols that may be required during an investigation. In addition, the forensic specialist will be available to provide testimony in legal proceedings including depositions, trial, mediations and arbitration when required.
The forensic specialist will also prepare materials and data as needed to support the overall functions of Risk Control, Claims Services, and Underwriting. Such materials may include newsletters, reports, or presentations as needed to best fit the intended audience and subject matter.
Finally, the forensic specialist will be required to maintain their knowledge and skills in their area of expertise by attending conferences, reviewing scientific journals and participating in specific industry standards organizations such as ASTM, NFPA, SAE, etc.
BA/BS in science or engineering and five years of work experience in the field of study required.
Strong verbal and written communication skills required.
Valid driver’s license required
Education, Work Experience, & Knowledge
Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstructionists (ACTAR) preferred
Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, biomechanics, or a closely related field of study preferred
Strong mechanical, electrical and chemical/materials aptitude with the desire to continuously expand base of knowledge preferred
Experience investigating vehicle fires is a plus.
Location can be flexible depending on candidate/experience.
Job Specific Technical Skills & Competencies
Superior communication skills written, verbal and listening
Ability to quickly establish credibility and rapport with a client
Experience working in a collaborative environment
Critical thinking skills
Proven work ethic
Environmental / Work Schedules / Other
Using discretion, walking on surfaces that are uneven, wet, icy, and somewhat unstable - Frequently
Travel - Varies with Territory Geography - Occasionally
Operates standard office equipment - Frequently
Sitting (Can stand at will) - Frequently
Standing - Frequently
Climbing unprotected heights (ladder, rooftop, stairs, loading dock) - Frequently
Use of Keyboards, Sporadic 10-Key - Frequently
Driving - Frequently
Lifting items up to (36 - 50 lbs) - Occasionally
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Travelers is an equal opportunity employer.