Sustainable Transport Manager

  • Full time
  • £42,428 – £49,118
  • Grantown on Spey
  • Closing 4th March 2024

  • Advertised from 13th February 2024
  • 5 Year Fixed Term Contract. 36 hrs per week.


The Park Authority is working with the National Lottery Heritage Fund and over 70 partners on its Cairngorms 2030 (C2030) programme. Inspired by the Gaelic word Dùthchas – meaning the deep-rooted connection between people and nature – Cairngorms 2030 will put the power to tackle the climate and nature crisis in the hands of people who live, visit and work in the UK’s largest national park.

Through 20 long-term projects, the Cairngorms will become the first national park in the UK to reach – and go beyond – net zero carbon emissions. We will do this by:

  • Transforming the way land is managed and used to benefit people and nature.
  • Empowering communities to shape the future of their local area.
  • Making getting around the Cairngorms easier, safer and greener.
  • Fostering healthier, happier communities with wellbeing at their heart.

In the Cairngorms National Park, people and nature will thrive together.

We are opening recruitment for the post of Knowledge Exchange Coordinator which one of several posts to deliver this programme.

About Us:

The Cairngorms National Park (CNP) is the largest national park in the UK, covering 4500km2. It is also a place of sheer abundance, having more high mountain ground than anywhere else in the UK, the largest Caledonian forest, some of Scotland’s purest rivers and finest livestock rearing farmland. It is home to 25 percent of the UK’s rare and endangered species. It is a truly unique place to work, with our dedicated and passionate Visitor Services team who are committed to people and nature thriving together.. Furthermore, there is access to some of the most beautiful countryside straight from our Headquarters office door.

The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) was recognised as one of Scotland's top 10 flexible employers and listed in the UK’s Top 100 best not for profit companies to work for; we’re dedicated to both this fantastic landscape and our employees.

We now have an exciting opportunity for a Sustainable Transport Manager to join the CNPA and lead the delivery of the Transport components within the Place theme of the Cairngorms 2030 programme.


CNPA is an inclusive organisation and we welcome applications from everyone irrespective of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, relationship status, disability, age and social class. We particularly welcome applications from individuals from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, disabled and LGBTQ+ communities, as they are under-represented in the environment sector.

We are Disability Confident committed employer, if you are an applicant with disabilities who meets the essential requirements of the post, we will interview you. In all circumstances CNPA appoints on merit-based evidence the applicant supplies in meeting the essential criteria for the post.

The Role:

As the Sustainable Transport Manager, you will lead the delivery of the Transport components within the Place theme of the Cairngorms 2030 programme.

You will reporting to the Head of the Cairngorms 2030 programme and have overall responsibility for delivery of the transport programme within Cairngorms 2030. This will be across the 4 multifaceted projects, covering: delivering new Active travel Infrastructure, instigating sustainable travel initiatives, making the Cairngorms more cycle friendly and encouraging a step change in travel behaviours. Therefore, ensuring that the Cairngorms National Park becomes a rural exemplar for Active and Sustainable travel.

You will be responsible for all the Programme management functions including programme planning, task management, financial forecasting and budget control. You will also develop match funding applications and manage subsequent grant awards and their conditions.

As the postholder you will prepare tender briefs and specifications for both high value, technical construction and for consultancy or goods/services contracts. As well as procuring construction and services contracts to the required public sector standards including tender assessment and awarding contracts, followed by the subsequent management of contracts including dealing with emerging contractual and legal issues.

You will also manage multiple strategic relationships with external funders and partners in particular Local Authorities and Regional Transport Partnerships, giving opportunities for networking and building strong working relationships.

So, if you are keen to be our Sustainable Transport Manager and you can display the skills and experience listed here, this is the role you’ve been waiting for.

CNPA Benefits:

  • Civil service pension scheme – some of the benefits include:
  • member contribution rates among the lowest in the public sector
  • tax relief on your contributions
  • generous employer contributions
  • a secure, inflation-proof pension for life, with no investment uncertainty
  • the option of tax-free lump sum on retirement
  • potential access to ill health and injury benefits if you become too ill to work
  • life assurance cover
  • benefits for loved ones and dependants
  • options to increase your pension
  • keeping all your pensions in one place by transferring in a pension you have built up elsewhere
  • support from our trusted charity partners
  • 25 days annual leave, increasing to 30 days with service, plus Public Holidays
  • Professional development
  • Flexible working
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Use of pool cars

About You:

To be considered as our Sustainable Transport Manager, you’ll need:

  • Recognised qualification at degree level or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • Significant, relevant demonstrable experience in the development and delivery of infrastructure projects from the perspective of the client or contractor (including contract and risk management, and management of technical advisors).
  • Proven experience of delivering programme management responsibilities including the coordination and completion of concurrent projects on time, within budget and within scope, ideally in an active travel, road construction or transport related environment.
  • Experience and knowledge of public sector procurement ideally in relation to infrastructure construction projects, including medium/high value works contracts.
  • Ability to manage teams and have influence across the organisation and experience of providing advice and support to senior management.
  • An excellent team-player, demonstrating experience of delivering complex and successful projects involving a range of partners; public, private and ‘third sector’
  • Excellent communication skills – verbal, written and presentational;
  • Excellent organisational and analytical skills
  • IT skills – word processing, spread sheets, data bases;
  • Experience of health, safety and environmental management, including CDM regulations.
  • Full UK driving licence or access to driver if disability prevents driving.
  • Permission to work in the UK

Membership of a relevant professional organisation such as ICE, IMeche, CHIT or TPS; Project management qualification such as PRINCE2 or MSP; Prior experience of managing Places for Everyone funded projects; IT skills – project management software; An understanding of the purpose and aims of the Cairngorms National Park and knowledge of the Gaelic language would be beneficial to your application.

Application notes

To apply for this role, please visit our website.

Closing Date: 23:59pm, Monday 4 March 2024

Interview Date: Wednesday 20 March 2024

Please note, we do not accept Curriculum Vitae (CV).

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