Bristol, Bristol City (On-site)
£32,475 per annum, pro rata
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Senior Network Development Officer

(England South)

£32,475 per annum

 (Ref: SUS3548)

Full time hours are 37.5 hours per week – happy to talk flexible working and compressed hours to suit individual circumstances

Base: Hybrid working with some travelling to Reading/Bristol



About the role

We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join us and influence real change in the South of England, helping us drive our Paths for Everyone vision forward, a vision of a more sustainable future in transport.

As a Senior Network Development Manager, you will help us to shape and develop the future for the National Cycle Network (NCN).  You will design, develop and maintain the NCN, connecting people and places, and provide traffic-free spaces for everyone to enjoy.   

A key objective of this role is to help us work collaboratively with other teams, enabling us to deliver impactful projects to scope, on time and to budget, whilst aligning with Sustrans’ vision and Theory of Change.

You will help us be financially sustainable too, by taking a strategic and proactive approach to funding opportunities. You will help us build relationships with landowners, local authorities and others, so that we can work in partnership to make things happen.  As part of this, we are working with local authorities to create a 20-year plan for the delivery of the NCN, which involves aligning projects with local strategic priorities.

The England South region offers a diversity of projects to get involved with – from complex urban areas to National Parks and everything in between.  This role will require travel and work at locations as necessary to undertake projects. Candidates should be based within a commutable distance of South West England. 


About you

You will be a brilliant and empathetic team leader and will build relationships with ease, bringing with you experience of working cross-organisationally and across multiple sectors; using these skills to enable your team to perform at their best and to help you enhance existing partnerships within Sustrans and with external partners

With demonstrable experience of delivering excellent projects and programmes, you will probably have a working background within the engineering, urban design, construction management, or land negotiation sectors. Your creative approach to finding innovative solutions, while applying known methodologies, will help you advocate for sustainable transport and better places across the region.

You must be a skilled communicator with excellent negotiating skills, as you will play a key role in leading your team, liaising with landowners, developing high quality infrastructure and working to reshape our towns, cities and countryside in favour of active travel.

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, 25 May 2022
  • Interviews will take place via MS Teams on w/c 08 June 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. Take the next step in your journey by applying to become a member of our team.

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.

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

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Posted on: 27 April 2022
Closed date: 25 May 2022 at 23:59
Job ref: 170242CHJ
Tags: Operations