Edinburgh, Edinburgh
£31,683 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Policy & Public Affairs Manager

£31,683 per annum (pro rata for part time hours)

 (Ref:  SUS3369)

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

Base: Edinburgh


About the role

As the Senior Policy Advisor, you will report to Head of Policy and Communications, Scotland. This key role supports public affairs work in Scotland, helping influence decision makers and engaging with political parties, civic society and other key national contacts through participation in networks, lobbying in parliament and responding to requests for information.

You’ll be responsible for delivering our policy and public affairs plan whilst also providing specialist advice on policy areas relevant to our work in Scotland.

Given the close working relationship you will develop with MSP’s and staff at the Scottish Parliament, this role will be a hybrid role, with travel expected to Edinburgh when required (mostly during the sitting periods of the Scottish Parliament) with the remainder working from home.

Although a full time position, we are open to discussing flexible working arrangements.


About you

You should have experience of working with government and local authorities and a working knowledge of how policy is implemented and influences government. You’ll be able to build and nurture relationships with ease.

You should be comfortable working with, and communicating through, all forms of media.

We will look for evidence of your experience in both developing and implementing policy and public affairs strategies and delivery plans, policies and budgets.

You should have demonstrable project management experience, evidencing your methodology, and possess finely honed presentation skills.

Excellent communication skills are key, as you will be expected to write responses to consultations or supporting the Sustrans Exec to give evidence in Parliament.

Sustrans is committed to reducing inequality, valuing diversity and enabling inclusion. We welcome applications from people from all parts of the community, particularly from under-represented groups.


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)


About Sustrans

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!

Additional information

  • Closing date for the receipt of completed applications is 23:59, Wednesday 10th November
  • Interviews will take place via MS Teams during the week of Monday 22nd November 2021.


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Posted on: 26 October 2021
Closed date: 10 November 2021
Job ref: 152465CHJ
Tags: Policy/Research, Advocacy