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Travelers Forensic Engineer-Accident Reconstruction in Pierre, South Dakota

Company Information

Solid reputation, passionate people and endless opportunities. That’s Travelers. Our superior financial strength and consistent record of strong operating returns mean security for our customers – and opportunities for our employees. You will find Travelers to be full of energy and a workplace in which you truly can make a difference.

Job Category

Risk Control

Target Openings

1

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.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 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

  • Technical aptitude

  • Detail oriented

  • 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

  • Influencing skills

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.

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