Principal Engineer

Employer: Sustrans
Job location
Hybrid, Northern England
Job salary
£43,979 per annum
Job closing date

Principal Engineer

£43,979 per annum

(Inclusive of a Recruitment and Retention payment of £6,975 pro rata per annum)

 (Ref: SUS3764)

Up to 37.5 hours per week – happy to talk flexible working to suit individual circumstances

Base: Hybrid, Northern England


About the role

As the Principal Engineer, you will report to the Head of Network, Design and Engineering and lead the Sustrans engineering team across the North of England, managing technical programme of works.

You will provide technical guidance to Engineers and Technicians, leading the team in creating better places for walking and cycling through the design and construction of practical, sustainable transport projects.

You will build and manage internal and external relationships with key people such as contractors, local authorities, Active Travel England, professional bodies and the general public.

This role will require travel and work at locations as necessary to undertake projects on behalf of Sustrans. Candidates can be based within commutable distance to Leeds, Manchester or Newcastle as travel is necessary for key meetings and a minimum of 1 day per month in a nominated office hub.


About you

An experienced engineer who is passionate about sustainability, you will ensure the delivery of high profile projects for sustainable transport and better places across the region. If not already at Chartered or Incorporated Engineer status, you are willing to work towards this and we will support you as required.

You should be a proven leader, with demonstrable experience in motivating and managing a multidisciplinary team; ensuring all regulations are adhered to and best practise is followed at all times.

You will build relationships with ease, allowing you to communicate effectively with a wide range of people, from senior leaders and local authority partners to community engagement groups.

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 working from home (or a nearby Sustrans office hub) 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, Sunday 24 July
  • Interviews will take place via MS Teams on  Tuesday 2 – Thursday 4 August

To apply, please complete our online application form:

More details of our vacancies can be found at


About Sustrans

Sustrans is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. We connect people and places, create liveable neighbourhoods, transform the school run and deliver a happier, healthier commute.

Our vision and mission have never been more relevant. Across the UK, governments are pledging investment and action on walking and cycling.

We are working together to make a real difference - creating places where everyone can live and travel happily and healthily, and where nobody is excluded.

Our work wouldn’t be possible without the commitment and dedication of our colleagues.

We are proud of our employee net promoter score, being in the top 20% of all employers across all sectors in the UK, due to our energised, friendly and motivated workforce.

Join Sustrans today and help us get things done, together!