Published: 11th JANUARY 2022

Network Development Manager, England South

As the Network Development Manager, you will proactively develop walking and cycling schemes across Southern England, including work on the National Cycle Network.

  • Contract: Fixed term until 31 March 2024 (with possibility of extension making this a permanent contract)
  • Location: Sustrans offices in Reading or Bristol with the flexibility to work from home
  • Up to 37.5 hours per week – happy to talk flexible working
  • £27,804 per annum (pro rata for part time hours)
  • Closing date: 23:59 on 01 February 2022
  • Reference: SUS3463

About the role

Our vision is to support a UK-wide network of traffic-free paths for everyone, connecting cities, towns and countryside, loved by the communities they serve.

As the Network Development Manager, you will work with the Network Development Team, England South, proactively developing walking and cycling schemes, including the National Cycle Network across Southern England. 

As a valued member of this team you will support us to deliver our vision by helping maintain the National Cycle Network in your region. You'll fund it by developing business opportunities, help fix and grow it by delivering impactful projects to scope, to budget and on time, and build the relationships to make it happen.

This role will require travel and work at locations as necessary to undertake projects on behalf of Sustrans. Candidates should be based within the South geographical area with regular travel expected to a nominated hub/office base in Bristol and Reading.


About you

As an experienced project manager, you will manage projects from planning through to construction, undertaking network plans, feasibility studies, land assembly and route design.

Project managing the team, you will find yourself collaboratively working with designers and engineers, ecologists, land managers and volunteer officers. Together you will make things happen while complying with national quality standards. 

You will have excellent influencing skills, enabling you to negotiate with landowners and work closely with the delivery team to encourage greater community involvement in designing, developing and maintaining the Network.  

You will monitor outputs, outcomes and impact for each project we deliver and we want to share this learning to inspire even greater projects. 

Using your relationship-building and influencing skills you will liaise with local authorities and other partners to enable walking and cycling network development through consultation and the delivery of paid work. 

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.


Additional Information

  • Closing date for the receipt of completed applications is 23:59, 1 February 2022.
  • Interviews will take place via MS Teams on 10 February 2022.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Sustrans is committed to reducing inequality, valuing diversity and enabling inclusion.

We welcome applications from people from all parts of the community, particularly where we are under-represented.

Currently, this includes people who identify as having a disability, and those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups.

Work perks


  • 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.


  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay.
  • Flexible Working practices (full-time hours are 37.5 per week, Monday - Friday).
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