National Partnerships Manager


National Partnerships Manager


£36,629 per annum (pro rata for part time hours)

Ref: SUS4199b

Full Time 37.5 hours per week – happy to talk flexible working

1 Year Fixed Term Maternity Cover contract

Base: Hybrid working, with travel to the Edinburgh hub and partner local
authority offices across Scotland.

About the role

As The National Partnership Manager, you will report directly to the Head of Strategic
Partnerships & Business Development function for Scotland. You will manage a team of
embedded Senior Project Officers working within the partner national organisations and
delivering in partnership with a broad range of local stakeholders to develop and deliver local
Active Travel Strategies, Visions and Plans.

You will work closely with colleagues to secure funding for our work, capturing and
communicating the impacts of better places for people. You will ensure our for everyone values
– to strengthen diversity and inclusion across the charity, whilst ensuring that a more
systematic approach to the embedding of our ‘for everyone’ principles permeates through our

You will advocate for sustainable transport across the region, and you will use that platform
to influence local decision makers, through engaging in policy and planning work, leading on
communications, and contributing to a coordinated approach to business development
opportunities in Scotland.

You will build and manage internal and external relationships with key people across governance
tiers within national partner organizations. You will work with internal and external partners
to build the team’s knowledge and capacity around inclusive programme design and delivery. In
this respect, working to ensure that our partnership programmes are for everyone and do not
have unintended consequences for disadvantaged population groups. 

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

About you

You should be an experienced leader, expert at developing and maintaining relationships at
senior levels in a variety of sectors e.g. National organizations, Local Authority, business
and industry bodies. You should have line management experience and substantial experience of
project management, including budget management.

You must have the ability to communicate authoritatively and persuasively to a range of
audiences, with demonstrable experience of remote and face-to-face partnership development

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 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 6% or 7% of basic salary contribution being matched by
  • Bike, computer and season ticket loans
  • Discount benefits
  • London Weighting Allowance of £4,530 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 16 June 2024
  • Interviews will take place via MS Teams on the 24th of June 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.

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