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Senior Project Officer embedded within Scottish Canals

  • Full time
  • £28,499 – £33,918
  • Scottish Canals Offices in Falkirk hybrid working
  • Closing 14th February 2023

  • Advertised from 18th January 2023
  • 37.5 hours per week – happy to talk flexible working.
  • Ref: SUS3957


We have new and exciting opportunity to join the Partnerships Team as a Senior Project Officer. Reporting to the National Partnerships Manager at Sustrans and embedded within the Placemaking Team at Scottish Canals you will support delivery of shared priorities for Placemaking and active travel across the canal network.

Working closely alongside other teams across Scotland, you will develop and implement an Active Travel Strategy for Scottish Canals. You will develop a strategic funding pipeline that reflects this strategy and the placemaking priorities within the Scottish Canals Corporate plan. You will identify and develop long term match funding opportunities for the active travel programme, including liaising with funders to discuss potential projects and submitting funding applications.

You will build and manage internal and external relationships with key stakeholders and partners and identify opportunities to align policy aims and increase investment in active travel and placemaking.

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

Candidates should be based within the geographical area with the expectation of working 4 days a week with Scottish Canals (office or home based) and a day a week with Sustrans Scotland at either hub in Edinburgh or Glasgow, or home based.

About you

You should be an experienced Project Manager with excellent verbal and written communication skills. You will have the ability to work in partnership and build relationships with local authorities, other stakeholders and local communities.

A strong team member, you will also have the ability to work independently and make decisions with minimal supervision.

Competency in using GIS (geographic information system) mapping would be advantageous.

We ask you to demonstrate your knowledge of the funding environment, identifying new opportunities writing applications, bids, and proposals.

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 4% or 5% of basic salary contribution being matched by Sustrans
  • Bike, computer and season ticket loans
  • Discount benefits

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, 14 February 2023.

Interviews will take place via MS Teams during the week commencing 06 March 2023.

More details about the role cane be found at

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.