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Urban Designer

  • Full time
  • £31,454
  • Sustrans office in Edinburgh or Glasgow with the flexibility to work from home, or home-based within reasonable travelling distance from Edinburgh or Glasgow.
  • Closing 19th November 2023

  • Advertised from 27th October 2023
  • 37.5 hours per week – happy to talk flexible working.
  • Ref: SUS4151s


About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to join our Design function in Scotland at an officer level. We have an ambition to ensure we live in cities where our streets and public spaces serve everyone; where everyone can live and travel safely and healthily, and where nobody is excluded. You will work in partnership with colleagues, local communities, project partners and stakeholders to reclaim streets as public spaces, creating healthier, happier, fairer cities and towns that are accessible to all.

You will have the opportunity to work on projects which seek to tackle some of the greatest challenges facing the built environment, including the response to the climate emergency, the inequitable distribution of (and access to) green space, tackling vehicle dominance and the realisation of equitable and joyful public space for all.

As an Urban Designer in Sustrans Scotland , you will be responsible for producing deliverables and outputs to support the effective delivery of projects and programs. You will also be responsible for responding to briefs set by the Design function and providing services across a range of programmes and projects that Sustrans delivers. You will also be responsible for creating outputs that align with the design ambition of Sustrans Scotland Design function, focusing on best practice to deliver influential project proposals and visuals.

You will report into the Senior Urban Designer and will work collaboratively with a team of fellow designers and skilled individuals. You will build and manage internal and external relationships with project partners, clients, stake holders and communities.

Collaborating across the organisation including the UK Design, Engineering and Assurance functions, you will be working on the following programmes: Places for Everyone, Street Design/Pocket Places, Network Development and Behaviour Change.

We offer true hybrid working, a flexible mix of working from home and occasional travel to a nearby office hub.

About you

You will have experience in the production of technical drawings and specifications using design software and a working knowledge of best practice in inclusive design and healthy street design. Knowledge of health and safety management and CDM regulations is also required.

You will have proven verbal and written communication skills producing content for non-technical and technical audiences. Experience of working collaboratively and of working on projects with a significant level community engagement and Co-Design is also welcome. As an Urban Designer we expect you to have strong organisational skills and the ability to plan and prioritise your own workloads.

You should have either a Minimum HNC or equivalent in a relevant field (Urban Design, Landscape Architecture or Civil Engineering or an alternative, relevant and demonstrable specialism) plus 2 years' work experience, or 5 years' work experience in a relevant role / related field.

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, 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, 19 November 2023.

Interviews will take place via MS Teams during the week commencing 04 December 2023.

If selected for interview you will be required to showcase a small portfolio of previous work relevant to this role

To apply, please complete our online application form. More details of our vacancies can be found at

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.