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Head of Design, Engineering and Assurance

  • Full time
  • £47,560 – £54,193
  • Hybrid working, with travel to locations around Scotland expected
  • Closing 24th September 2023

  • Advertised from 28th August 2023
  • 37.5 hours per week – happy to talk flexible working
  • Ref: SUS4079s


About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to be at the centre of transforming transport in Scotland today. Sustrans is recruiting a Head of Design Engineering & Assurance for Scotland who will lead the team to support the effective delivery of programmes. You will be a senior influencer within active travel in Scotland.

What makes this role stand out is that you will guide projects from start to finish, being in on the early ideas and proudly there for the grand openings too.

You will hold responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the function, ensuring prioritisation and allocation of resources, delivering projects against financial and performance targets set along with our clients.

You will build and manage internal and external relationships with the key players from central and local government, communities, Transport Scotland and others.

This role offers a unique opportunity to deliver our vision of making the National Cycle Network (NCN), a traffic-free, accessible network of paths and routes for everyone.

The NCN is now a pivotal part of Transport Scotland policy and is making a difference to the lives of people living in and around Scotland. Over the coming years this resources invested in this comprehensive network are planned to more than double in size.

We’re flexible on location, offer hybrid working with the opportunity to travel and work (including overnight stays) at locations around Scotland.

About you

You should have demonstrable experience of leading, motivating and managing a multi-disciplinary team, including a range of technical professionals qualified in civil engineering, urban design and mobility planning.

You will build relationships with ease across a wide range of people; senior leaders, partners and the general public, allowing you to positively influence people within the Active Travel Sector in Scotland at all levels.

You will have:

A Degree (or equivalent) in either Civil Engineering or Traffic Engineering or 12 years relevant experience

Relevant experience of civil engineering contract management (NEC3&4) for projects ranging in scale and complexity

Experience in preparation of bills of quantities and construction cost estimates and preparation of technical drawings and specifications

Have good knowledge of:

Health and safety management including CDM 2015

Highway regulations and guidance such as Manual for Streets, Cycle By Design, DMRB, TSRGD, MCHW and Traffic Signs Manuals

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. Sustrans is committed to reducing inequality, valuing diversity and enabling inclusion.

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 4% or 5% of basic salary contribution being matched by Sustrans

Bike, computer and season ticket loans

Discount benefits

Death in Service benefit – 3 x annual Salary

London Weighting Allowance of £4,195 for all those living within a London Borough (32 local authority districts plus the City of London)

Family Friendly

Enhanced maternity and paternity pay

Flexible Working practices (full time hours are 37.5 per week, Monday - Friday)

Application notes

To apply please visit our website

Additional information

Closing date for the receipt of completed applications is 23:59, 24 September 2023

Interviews will take place at the Edinburgh Hub during the week commencing 16 October 2023.

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.