Bristol, Bristol City (On-site)
£27,804 per annum (pro rata for part time hours)
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Network Development Manager

(England South)

£27,804 per annum (pro rata for part time hours)

 (Ref: SUS3463)

Up to 37.5 hours per week – happy to talk flexible working

Base: Sustrans offices in Reading or Bristol with the flexibility to work from home.  Home base in or near England South region


About the role

Our vision is to support a UK-wide network of traffic-free paths for everyone, connecting cities, towns and countryside, loved by the communities they serve.

As the Network Development Manager, you will work with the Network Development Team, England South, proactively developing walking and cycling schemes, including the National Cycle Network (NCN) across Southern England.  As a valued member of this team you will help maintain the National Cycle Network in your region, you will help fund it by developing business opportunities and you will help fix and grow it by delivering impactful projects to scope, to budget and on time. 

We have a 20 year plan to make this 16,000 mile long Network, safer and more accessible for everyone. We aspire to take every mile to very good or good standard by 2040 and we want to double the traffic free sections from 5,000 to 10,000 miles getting routes off fast or busy roads.  We are encouraging and inspiring more and different people to share, respect and enjoy the Network and we are helping communities and users shape and maintain their paths.  We are working to raise funds from a wide range of sources, that will be needed to secure the future success of this national asset. 

We are working with our valued partners, stakeholders, supporters and volunteers to turn our vision into reality. 

And where do you, as our Network Development Manager fit into this?  You will be supporting us to deliver all these elements by helping us steward the existing Network; by delivering impactful projects to scope, budget and on time; by developing business opportunities and building those relationships to make it happen.

This role will require travel and work at locations as necessary to undertake projects on behalf of Sustrans. Candidates should be based within the South geographical area with regular travel expected to a nominated hub/office base in Bristol and Reading.


About you

As an experienced Project Manager you will manage projects from planning through to construction, undertaking network plans, feasibility studies, land assembly and route design.

Project managing the team, you will find yourself collaboratively working with Designers and Engineers, Ecologists, Land Managers and Volunteer Officers and together you will make things happen to an excellent standard, that is compliant with national quality standards. 

You will have excellent influencing skills, enabling you to negotiate with Land Owners and work closely with the Delivery Team to encourage greater community involvement in designing, developing and maintaining the network.  

You will monitor outputs, outcomes and impact for each project we deliver and we want to share this learning to inspire even greater projects. 

Using your relationship building and influencing skills you will liaise with local authorities and other partners to enable walking and cycling network development, through consultation and the delivery of paid work. 

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 ongoing working from home (or a nearby Sustrans office when it’s safe to do so) and a truly flexible, supportive and rewarding working environment.


  • 26 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)


Additional information

  • Closing date for the receipt of completed applications is 23:59, 1st February 2022
  • Interviews will take place via MS Teams 10th February 2022

To apply, please complete our online application form.

About Sustrans

Sustrans is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. We connect people and places, create liveable neighbourhoods, transform the school run and deliver a happier, healthier commute.

Our vision and mission have never been more relevant. Across the UK, governments are pledging investment and action on walking and cycling.

We are working together to make a real difference - creating places where everyone can live and travel happily and healthily, and where nobody is excluded.

Our work wouldn’t be possible without the commitment and dedication of our colleagues.

We are proud of our employee net promoter score, being in the top 20% of all employers across all sectors in the UK, due to our energised, friendly and motivated workforce.

Join Sustrans today and help us get things done, together!

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Posted on: 11 January 2022
Closed date: 01 February 2022 at 23:59
Job ref: 159464CHJ
Tags: Business Development, Operations