Careers at TAIC

Photo montage - TAIC investigators on site
TAIC investigators on site

Accident investigation is a highly specialised and time critical task involving expertise in a wide range of disciplines – and skilled accident investigators are pivotal to the Commission's successful performance.

We advertise staff vacancies on this page and on a number of other sites relevant to the positions required.


In general, key competencies and capabilities for accident investigation include:

  • Excellent communication skills – and be able to write to a high standard
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Analytical capability, with very strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • An innate ability to think logically, anticipate risk, and identify solutions
  • Proven project management skills 
  • Outstanding relationship management skills
  • Energy and vigour, balanced with diplomacy and tact.

Given the nature of this work, you must be medically and physically fit, and be able to handle stressful and emotionally difficult circumstances. 

While relevant investigative qualifications are desirable, the successful candidate will undergo extensive, world class specialised training in accident investigation. This is part of the supportive and development focused environment at TAIC. A typical job description for a Transport Accident Investigation Commission Investigator is available at right in the Document downloads box.

All positions are based in Wellington New Zealand.

Only people with the right to work in New Zealand may apply. For advice on obtaining a New Zealand work or residence visa visit


Current vacancy: Manager Rail and Marine Investigations

12 September 2022

  • Lead the marine and rail accident investigation function 
  • Demonstrate your industry credibility 
  • Live our vision of no repeat accidents ever! 

We’re seeking a skilled manager to lead and manage the surface investigation function.

The Manager Rail and Marine Investigations ensures the delivery of high quality and timely marine and rail accident investigation services, through their very strong technical leadership and management of the rail and marine investigation teams. 

Within that, you will manage the marine and rail accident investigation work function, provide technical leadership to the investigators, and engage with industry, sector, and government stakeholders both locally and internationally. You’ll oversee a thorough accident investigation process and play a key role in the presentation of the investigation analysis, advice, and reports to the Commission.

The ideal applicant will have:

  • Maritime, rail or transport safety leadership experience, ideally with a strong engineering basis 
  • Investigation experience and high-calibre analysis skills
  • An understanding and comfort working with quasi-judicial processes, particularly Commissions of Inquiry
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and oral, and able to give considered and credible guidance and advice 
  • An aptitude toward system and process development 
  • Outstanding stakeholder engagement skills, including the ability to create and maintain engagement and credibility at international levels
  • Excellent team leadership skills with proven management performance and the ability to step up when required. 

In return, this role provides an excellent opportunity for a maritime, rail or transport safety expert to apply their broad sector knowledge, analysis, and management skills in a role where the organisation’s work can make a real difference to peoples’ lives and the safety of rail and marine activities in New Zealand.

If this sounds like the role for you we look forward to receiving your application. Applicants must be able to gain the legal right to live and work in New Zealand. 



  • Please visit our recruiters People and Co.
  • For further information please contact Jacaleen Williams at people&co on 04 931 9450 quoting job number 20267.
  • Applications close at 5pm on Sunday 18 September 2022.