» Technical Assessors – Collision Investigation
UKAS is seeking Technical Assessors in the field of Collision Investigation.
UKAS is looking for Technical Assessors to be able to provide at least 30 days per year for assessment work. It is desirable that assessors are available for a greater number of days given the potential number of police sites to assess in the coming year. Due to potential conflicts of interest UKAS are looking for Technical Assessor who are independent and not directly working within the Forensic Collision Investigation Network.
Typical visits would be around 3-4 days site time with 0.5-1 day office time to prepare for the visit. There will also be close out effort assigned which is determined at the end of the visit (to review evidence of corrective actions from the visit).
Technical Assessors are part of a team of individuals which go into an organisation to confirm conformity and compliance to specific accreditation standards. There will be a lead assessor, normally a UKAS employee, who will look at the quality system and support the technical assessor throughout the visit.
Technical assessors are required to witness collision investigation staff undertaking specific activities and comment on their competency and compliance to their procedures and industry expectations. In addition, technical assessors will review organisations documentation and records to confirm effective implementation of the system (including competency and validation records).
The work could be delivered either through a contract between UKAS and the Technical Assessor’s employer directly or the Technical Assessor may opt to do the assessments in their own personal time, if agreed with their employer. If the latter option is taken a contract would be required between UKAS and the Technical Assessor directly and the assessor will need to have liability insurance.
UKAS Technical Assessors are offered work with UKAS on a third party sub-contract basis. The quantity of work available depends on the needs of the business and UKAS cannot guarantee an amount of work to be offered. Payment is made on the basis of a daily fee.
Training is provided in the relevant conformity assessment standard (ISO/IEC 17020, ILAC G19, FSR Codes) and through the attendance at a UKAS training course. In addition, the Technical Assessor will attend at least two assessment visits as an observer. For these activities UKAS will pay any expenses. Following this initial training phase, the Technical Assessor will be observed on a further two assessment visits, which if completed successfully will result in the Technical Assessor being signed off as competent.
Once trained and authorised as competent UKAS will pay an agreed rate for work undertaken. Where travel and subsistence is reasonably required this will be reimbursed in accordance with HMRC guidelines.
An agreement and confidentiality undertaking will need to be signed prior to services being used. In addition, the assessor may need to undertake specific security clearance processes.
UKAS holds one to two Forensic Technical Assessor Days per year. All Forensic Technical Assessors are expected to attend these days as part of their on-going professional development.
In order for an individual to be considered as a suitable candidate they should review the following document: Collision Investigation Technical Assessor Specification
To express an initial interest in becoming an assessor for this scheme, please send a copy of your CV demonstrating suitability against the above specification to David Compton (David.Compton@ukas.com)