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Capital and Technical Advisor

City of Edinburgh (GB)
£43,132 - £51,228 per annum (pro rata for part time hours)
Closing date
30 Nov 2022

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Capital and Technical Advisor


£43,132 - £51,228 per annum (pro rata for part time hours)

(Ref: SUS3518Cs)

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

Base: Hybrid Working, within reasonable travelling distance from Edinburgh or Glasgow


About the role

Are you passionate about sustainable transport initiatives in Scotland? Do you want to play a key role in ensuring quality outcomes of Active Travel projects?

The Sustrans Scotland Design, Engineering, and Assurance department is expanding, and we have an exciting opportunity for you to join as a Capital and Technical Advisor. You will will be responsible for the effective management, and funder assurance, for the costing of a wide range of medium to large capital funded infrastructure projects, to inform our capital grants programmes in order to ensure these deliver excellent value and demonstrate best practice in active travel design.

As an expert in construction and/or project management, you will play a key part in providing advice that supports our grant making offer including providing support and advice to colleagues, applicants and grant holders throughout the lifecycle of the grant funded projects, and in line with the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015. 

The Scottish Government has committed to investing £320 million, equating to 10% of the total transport budget, by 2024/25. You will play a key role in ensuring correct investment with all our local authorities and partners.

Sustrans in Scotland is a in a great position to support this movement towards cycling and walking which will drive increased participation and improve positive outcomes for Scotland’s citizens and visitors.

This role will require travel and work at locations as necessary to undertake work on behalf of Sustrans. We offer hybrid working and candidates should be based within reasonable travelling distance from Edinburgh or Glasgow.


About you

An experienced Construction Manager, you will build and maintain effective relationships with ease; allowing you to manage relations with colleagues, contractors and key partners successfully.

Your clear and effective communication style will enable you to engage with people of all levels, when speaking, presenting and writing bids or reports.

You will be able to evidence your experience of the full lifecycle of capital projects; have proven involvement in project costing, budgeting and grant management and experience in Quantity Surveying in a grant or similar funding environment.

Essential to the role:

  • Health and safety management including CDM 2015
  • Highway regulations and guidance such as Manual for Streets, Cycle By Design, DMRB, TSRGD, MCHW and Traffic Signs Manuals
  • QS/costing/budgeting/finance/IT experience
  • Chartered Engineer status OR hold the necessary academic qualifications and/or experience such that you would meet the eligibility criteria to progress professional qualification at Chartered Engineer status

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 hybrid working conditions including working from home and a nearby Sustrans hub in Glasgow or Edinburgh, 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, Wednesday 30 November 2022
  • Interviews will take place via MS Teams on 14 December 2022.

To apply, please complete our online application form. More details of our vacancies can be found on our website.


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