Principal Urban Designer (England South)

Sustrans offices in Bristol with the flexibility to work from home.
£40,840 per annum (pro rata for part time hours) Full Time 30 hours per week – happy to talk flexible working’

About the role

A new and exciting opportunity to work with Sustrans, leading a small team of Urban Designers assisting to deliver the vision for liveable cities and towns, and paths for everyone. As the Principal Urban Designer, you will be responsible for leading the team in its production of high quality and technically competent design solutions. You will also represent sustrans at conferences and meeting with local authorities, external partners and funding bodies as well as members of the public Contributing to South Design and Engineering team, you will work alongside the Engineers with the responsibility of technical quality assurance, project management and building a pipeline of external funding. You will also be required to share best practice as well as influencing policy to raise ambition for improved active travel infrastructure

This role will require travel and work at locations as necessary to undertake projects on behalf of Sustrans.

About you

You should have experience of leading, motivating and managing a team to deliver high profile project to budget and programme, as well as expertise in the production of technical drawing and specifications using design software. We ask that you have experience of leading business development and bid writing With the ability to build relationships with ease across a wide range of people such as contractors, supporters and community groups, using your proven verbal and communication skills to negotiate and influence. You will have strong organisational skills plus the ability to plan and prioritise work across multiple projects, as well as interpersonal, teamworking, and networking skills.

For the role of Principal Urban Designer, you will need have a Minimum Degree or equivalent in a relevant field (Civil Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture or an alternative, relevant and demonstrable specialism) plus 6 years' work experience. OR 10 years' work experience in a relevant role / related field as well as a Chartered professional status or be close to attaining this.

Sustrans has a long-term commitment to being a charity for everyone - reducing inequality, valuing diversity, enabling inclusion and ensuring all people are treated with dignity and respect. 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. What we offer In return we can offer true hybrid working to suit individual circumstances and a flexible, supportive and rewarding working environment.


  • 28 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 5% or 6% of basic salary contribution being matched by Sustrans Bike, computer and season ticket loans

Discount benefits

London Weighting Allowance of £4,195 for all those living within a London Borough (32 local authority districts plus the City of London)

Death in Service benefit – 3 x annual Salary

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, 17 March 2024

Face to face interviews will take place during the week commencing 25 March 2024

To apply, please complete our online application form.

More details of our vacancies can be found at

About Sustrans

At Sustrans you'll be part of a movement to make it easier for people to walk and cycle.  We're all here to change things! You’ll be part of an incredible community of talented, passionate, creative, problem solvers all working together to change things for the better. We act locally and think big - we have a vision of a society where the way we travel creates healthier places and happier lives for everyone. You'll be questioning the status quo and daring to imagine a different world. You'll work on exciting, impactful projects that will stretch and empower you and you'll be rewarded by seeing the difference you make to people, communities and the planet.   

We believe including everyone is central to who we are and what we want to achieve, we welcome difference and pride ourselves on creating a culture where you can be yourself and where your wellness is supported. 

You'll be guaranteed to make friends for life and work with a team that is incredibly flexible, supportive, ethical and fun.  




Closing Date
Sunday 17 March 2024