RC Forensic Specialist I - Metallurgist

Windsor, Connecticut

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 Summary
Under general supervision, provide Claim business partners with the scientific and engineering aspects of a loss so they have the information available to make decisions. This job does not manage others This job works under General Supervision: Incumbent independently performs a variety of duties, including potentially complex duties within established policy guidelines; responsible for a defined set of assignments (e.g. assigned customers, claims or other specified set of responsibilities); is expected to set priorities and meet specific goals and objectives of the function or unit. (Typically pertains to advanced/operational, senior professional, unit supervisor)

Marketing Description
This position is for a Forensic Specialist I to serve as a subject matter expert in the field of metallurgy and materials engineering within the Travelers Risk Control Forensic Laboratory. The job entails conducting on-site investigations, analyzing failures/accidents in a metallurgical laboratory setting, and consulting internally with professionals within the Property, Liability, and Subrogation departments. The forensic metallurgist will have access to a metallurgy/materials laboratory equipped the following instruments SEM, EDS, metallography, optical microscopy, micro-hardness, GCMS, FTIR, x-ray imaging, and other analytical capabilities.


Primary Job Duties & Responsibilities
Serve as a technical expert in one or more of the following areas: fire science, origin and cause investigations, failure analysis of electrical, mechanical and material systems and components, warnings and instructions, product liability, code evaluation, accident reconstruction, computer modeling, tool mark analysis, analysis of building systems and construction techniques, fire protection and alarm system evaluation, analytical chemistry and other forensic endeavors required to complete an investigation. Be familiar with the proper elements of a forensic investigation including proper documentation, rules of evidence, scene and lab safety, as well as the various procedures and policies existing within the Travelers. Travel to loss scenes to assist with and become part of the investigative team and ensure that various aspects of the investigation including evidence collection and preservation, witness interviews, analysis of the scene and to provide technical advice and consultation to attorneys and claims staff associated with the loss. Conduct research and testing, prepare reports (verbal and written), and to aid the claims and legal staff with the scientific aspects of the case. 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. Provide testimony in legal proceedings including depositions, trial, mediations and arbitration. 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. Maintain their knowledge and skills in their particular area of expertise by attending conferences, reviewing scientific journals and participating in specific industry standards organizations such as NFPA, ACS, ASME, etc. Perform other duties as assigned.

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
This position requires a bachelor's degree (minimum) in metallurgy or materials engineering. The successful candidate will have at least five years of experience in the practical application of their discipline. Previous experience in failure analysis utilizing fractography, metallography equipment, and scanning electron microscopy is required.


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 Lifting up to 40 pounds - Infrequently

Physical Requirements
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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About Travelers

The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is a leading property casualty insurer selling primarily through independent agents and brokers. The company's diverse business lines offer its global customers a wide range of coverage in the auto, home and business settings. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Travelers has more than 30,000 employees and generated revenues of approximately $25 billion in 2010.