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Principal Engineer

  • Full time
  • £40,840
  • Sustrans hubs in Scotland with the flexibility to work from home / Home based within reasonable travelling distance from Edinburgh/Glasgow
  • Closing 2nd July 2023

  • Advertised from 7th June 2023
  • Plus a market supplement of £6,975. 37.5 hours per week – happy to talk flexible working
  • Ref: SUS4050s


This is an exciting opportunity to join Sustrans as a Principal Engineer, reporting in the Head of Design, Engineering and Assurance, and other Sustrans teams and Colleagues.

As the Principal Engineer you will lead a Sustrans engineering team, across Scotland providing support for a technical programme of works. You will provide technical guidance to engineers, leading the team in creating better places for walking wheeling and cycling through design and construction of practical, sustainable transport projects.

You will build and manage internal and external relationships with key people such as contractors, local authorities, Transport Scotland, professional bodies, and the public.

This role will require travel and work at locations as necessary to undertake projects on behalf of Sustrans.

About you

You should have experience of leading, motivating and managing a technical team, and experience of working in partnership with a local authority on project delivery as well as proven experience of the design of works and execution of civil profile project, particularly relating to transport.

You will also be experienced in project management including the delivery, deadlines, and budgets, and have experience in H&S (Health & Safety) management including the application of CDM (Construction Design Management) regulations, and expertise in quality assurance

We ask that you be educated to degree level with a relevant qualification in civil engineering or related field and/or an alternative, relevant and demonstratable specialism: and/or Chartered Engineer Status; and/or Incorporated Engineer Status and actively working towards Chartered Engineers Status or Has the necessary academic qualifications and/or experience such that you would meet the eligibility criteria to progress professional qualification at Chartered Engineer status

Sustrans has a long-term commitment to being a charity for everyone - reducing inequality, valuing diversity, enabling inclusion, and ensuring all people are treated with dignity and respect. We aim to be a truly inclusive employer and welcome applications from people from all parts of the community, in particular from under-represented groups.

What we offer

In return we can offer true hybrid working to suit individual circumstances and a flexible, supportive, and rewarding working environment.


  • 28 days’ leave per annum plus bank holidays for full-time working
  • Ability to buy an extra week of annual leave (pro-rata for part-time staff)
  • Staff volunteer days
  • 24/7 free, impartial, and confidential support service
  • We are members of the Green Commute Initiative and Cycle Scheme who both offer cycle to work schemes


  • Group Personal Pension scheme with a 5% or 6% of basic salary contribution being matched by Sustrans
  • Bike, computer, and season ticket loans
  • Discount benefits
  • London Weighting Allowance of £4,195 for all those living within a London Borough (32 local authority districts plus the City of London)
  • Death in Service benefit – 3 x annual Salary

Family Friendly

  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Flexible Working practices (full time hours are 37.5 per week, Monday - Friday)

Application notes

Closing date for the receipt of completed applications is 23:59, 02 July 2023.

Interviews will take place via MS Teams during the week commencing 10 July 2023

Visit our website for further information about the role

To apply, please complete our online application form.

About Sustrans

At Sustrans you'll be part of a movement to make it easier for people to walk and cycle.

We're all here to change things! You’ll be part of an incredible community of talented, passionate, creative, problem solvers all working together to change things for the better. We act locally and think big - we have a vision of a society where the way we travel creates healthier places and happier lives for everyone.

You'll be questioning the status quo and daring to imagine a different world. You'll work on exciting, impactful projects that will stretch and empower you and you'll be rewarded by seeing the difference you make to people, communities, and the planet.

We believe including everyone is central to who we are and what we want to achieve, we welcome difference and pride ourselves on creating a culture where you can be yourself and where your wellness is supported.

You'll be guaranteed to make friends for life and work with a team that is incredibly flexible, supportive, ethical, and fun.