Technical Project Officer, Collaborative Design - Sustrans

Cardiff Wales


Job Description


Job Title: Technical Project Officer, Collaborative Design, Wales


Reference: SUS2425


Salary: Grade F: £24,204 per annum

Hours: 37.5 per week


Fixed Term: 12 month contract

(with possibility of extension subject to funding)


Base: Sustrans Cymru offices, 123 Bute Street, Cardiff CF10 5AE


Purpose of Job:

To provide technical drawing, graphic design and technical support for Sustrans Cymru team in the development of high quality cycling, walking, streetscape and community projects.


Specifically, to support Sustrans Cymru team delivering projects underpinning the Connecting People and Places and Creating Liveable Neighbourhoods programmes.


To support Sustrans Cymru’s Built Environment team for technical resources, collaborative design processes and community engagement events.


Place in Organisation:

The post holder will report to the Programme Manager, Collaborative Design, Wales.


Key Relationships:


Programme Manager, Collaborative Design, Wales

Head of Built Environment, Wales

Network Development and Partnerships Manager, North and Mid Wales

Network Development Manager, South Wales

National Director, Wales

Head of Delivery and Partnerships, Wales

Support Officer, Wales

Other Sustrans Cymru staff

Other Sustrans staff (including regional staff in other locations)



Local authority partners

Welsh Government

Other third parties such as Canals & Rivers Trust and Network Rail

Other highway and transport professionals


Key responsibilities:

Delivery of projects or services:

  • To support Sustrans engineers and urban designers in the provision of high quality, imaginative and technically-competent design solutions for cycling, walking, streetscape and community projects.
  • To produce technical drawings, sketches and presentation materials. For all stages of design, community engagement events, reports and informative displays.
  • To work with others to develop and maintain a consistent drawing management system including a drawing numbering system, drawing styles and templates.
  • To support the quality of Sustrans Active Travel Infrastructure and public realm work across Wales, ensuring compliance with legislation and guidance, in particular Welsh Government Active Travel Act Design Guidance & Manual for Streets 2.
  • To support Sustrans Cymru’s Built Environment team for technical resources, collaborative design processes and community engagement events.
  • To co-facilitate (with other lead staff) community engagement events.


Business development:

  • To contribute towards the development of new ideas and innovative strategies for product development, marketing, branding, or business opportunities.
  • To produce materials for bids and design competitions.


Communication and marketing:

·       To support and comply with the charity’s guidance on branding, tone of voice and key messages, positively contributing towards raising Sustrans’ profile.


Training and personal development:

·       To attend essential Sustrans training as required by the Charity.

·       To ensure own personal development by working to objectives set as part of the Charity’s appraisal process.

·       Working with the Programme Manager, Collaborative Design, to keep abreast of best practice in place-making and urban design, both nationally and internationally, and apply findings to Welsh design proposals.




Health & Safety, Safeguarding and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

·       To support and comply with the organisation's Policy for the Management of Health and Safety.

·       To work in accordance with the arrangements described in the organisation's health and safety management system including any project or department specific requirements.



  • To carry out any other tasks as may be reasonably required.


Working Conditions:

This role will be required to travel extensively within Wales and occasionally to other Sustrans regions and offices. Occasional additional working hours and weekend working will be required.


Wherever possible, the post holder will be expected to use sustainable modes of transport for work journeys.


Special Note:

This job description does not form part of the contract of employment, but indicates how that contract should be performed. The job description may be subject to amendment in the light of experience and in consultation with the jobholder.



Compiled: Head of Built Environment, Wales

Date: March 2018
Technical Project Officer, Collaborative Design, Wales

Person Specification:



Qualifications, education and training

·         Educated to HNC level or equivalent in a relevant discipline, or equivalent experience - relevant fields of experience would include architecture, graphic design, urban design, highway or traffic engineering.



Experience in the production of technical drawings using

computer aided design software packages (AutoCAD).

Experience working in a professional environment.

Experience of working to deadlines.

·         Project management experience, working on multiple projects.


Skills and abilities

Excellent drawing skills, by hand and on computer.

Ability to produce consistent high quality drawings.

An ability to interpret and deliver to a brief.

An ability to be organised and efficient, to function on own

initiative and within a team.
Ability to build successful working relationships.
Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
High level of IT literacy, including MS Office.

Excellent attention to detail.



Knowledge of relevant design software such as Google Sketch Up

and Adobe Creative Suite to create computerised, technical

drawings and 3-d sketches to illustrate concept design and ideas. 

Knowledge of current guidance and best practice in street

design and/or sustainable transport infrastructure in the UK.

An understanding of wider urban design issues and how they

interact with creating more liveable spaces and supporting

more sustainable transport modes.

An understanding of local travel issues.


A dynamic and creative approach.

Committed to the ideals of sustainable transport.





Experience working in a highway engineering or urban design

related field.

Experience designing cycling and walking infrastructure.

Experience of community engagement.

Experience of preparing material for presenting to a

technical/expert audience


Skills and abilities

Report writing skills/ other technical writing.

Ability to communicate and engage with other professionals

and members of the public.



Specific knowledge of the Active Travel Act (Wales) Design Guidance.

Cycling, walking, place making design guidance and best practice, SUDS, planting, arboriculture.



Have an interest in people led regeneration and community led

design processes and be willing to take part in events and

workshops delivered as part of the design process, to support

project delivery.