London, Greater London (On-site)
£47,795 per annum (pro rata) Inclusive of a London Weighting Allowance of £3,995 pa and a recruitment and retention allowance of £6,795 pa)
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Principal Engineer, London 

£47,795 per annum (pro rata)

Inclusive of a London Weighting Allowance of £3,995 pa and a recruitment and retention allowance of £6,795 pa)

 (Ref: SUS3661)


Up to 37.5 hours per week, but we are more than happy to discuss working hours to suit individual circumstances (part time, condensed, flexible).

Base: Hybrid, with an office in Bethnal Green, London 


About the role

We want all Londoners to live in a city where our streets and public spaces serve everyone. A London where everyone can live and travel safely and healthily, and where nobody is excluded.

To reach our ambition, we are looking for a principal engineer who can provide technical leadership to our built environment team, working with London’s communities to deliver outstanding public realm schemes. 

By leading on projects and programmes, influencing senior decision-makers, providing quality assurance and upskilling colleagues, you will help us in our vision to allow everyone to travel in ways that benefit their health and wellbeing; creating healthier, happier cities that are accessible to all.


What our staff have to say:

"Sustrans is unlike anywhere else I've worked. As a charity, we are uniquely placed to support, but also challenge key decision-makers in transforming London's streets and public spaces. My colleagues are incredibly inspiring, and I love working with them: whether we're doing design sprints or sharing emerging best practice, everyone supports each other to grow and develop. Day to day, you will be leading on complex projects, reviewing drawings, providing training, or shaping our business development offer, ensuring we can maximise our impact in the city" - Giulio Ferrini, Head of Built Environment, London.


About you

We are looking for a principal engineer who is passionate about creating healthy streets, with experience of leading ambitious public realm programmes through all design stages, from inception to construction. You should have obtained chartered status from a professional institution, or have similar equivalent experience. 

You will have experience of influencing clients, growing strategic relationships with partners and supporting colleagues develop personally and technically by providing formal and informal training.

We hope to find an empathetic leader who is used to managing diverse teams, meeting individuals’ needs and creating an inclusive, welcoming environment centred around well-being. 

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 in the built environment professions. 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, and 2 additional office closure days
  • 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
  • Hybrid, flexible working hours, as well as Time Off in Lieu


  • 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
  • Professional membership fees for ICE, CIHT, CILT or other

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 23:59,13th June.
  • Interviews will take place via MS Teams during the w/c on 20th June.

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: 13 May 2022
Closed date: 12 June 2022 at 23:59
Job ref: 172062CHJ
Tags: Operations