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Vacancy Details - Infrastructure Officer, Project Delivery Support, Scotland

Posted on 25 Jul 2019


Job Reference: SUS2714

Company: Sustrans

Salary: Grade F: £24,446 per annum

Location: Sustrans Scotland offices in Edinburgh


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. Sustrans Scotland is seeking to recruit a number of people with a passion for place and urban design to join our Infrastructure Delivery team. 
Infrastructure Officer, Project Delivery (ref: SUS2713)
£24,446 per annum
37.5 hours per week - based in Edinburgh
Sustrans Scotland is seeking to recruit a number of people with a passion for place and urban design to join our Infrastructure team
We are seeking candidates from a range of backgrounds including urban design, landscape architecture, planning, civil engineering, community engagement and behaviour change, amongst others. As part of the team, you will contribute to the delivery of high quality urban realm projects with a focus on people and place across Scotland.
Joining Sustrans Scotland as an Infrastructure Officer, you will be part of the Places for Everyone team, who support a range of partners to design and develop inspirational projects that restore the balance of Scotland’s streets in favour of people walking, cycling and wheeling. 
Sustrans Scotland offers a range of benefits including flexible hours and home-working arrangements. We are filling a number of full time vacancies, and we also welcome applications from candidates seeking job share or part time employment. 
Please visit our website
 and follow the instructions for our on-line application process. If you have any questions please email or ring our recruitment line on 0117 915 0325. Please quote reference number. Closing date for the receipt of completed applications is 9am on Monday 12 August 2019.  Interviews will take place during week commencing Monday 26 August 2019.
Sustrans is committed to reducing inequality, valuing diversity and enabling inclusion.  We welcome applications from people with the appropriate skills from all parts of the community.
Purpose of Job:
To contribute to the successful delivery of a wide range of Infrastructure projects which aim to create and enhance sustainable transport links across Scotland.
The Infrastructure Programme and Safer Routes to Schools Fund (Now combined into “Places for Everyone”) provide grant funding to all 32 Scottish local authorities, statutory bodies and educational institutions for the creation of cycling, walking and wheeling infrastructure. Administered by Sustrans on behalf of Transport Scotland, for the last few years the programmes have funded over 150 projects annually. These projects were a mix of feasibility studies, design work and construction.
The aim of Places for Everyone is to create safer, more attractive, healthier places by increasing the number of trips made by walking, cycling and wheeling for everyday journeys. 
The core role of Infrastructure Officer (Project Delivery Support) is to monitor and support the delivery of a number of cycling, walking and wheeling infrastructure projects of varying sizes that are being delivered by local authorities and other partners across Scotland. 
Dimensions of Job:
The role will involve assessing and sifting project funding bids and supporting partners to develop high quality projects that makes it easier for people to walk and cycle. Infrastructure Officers (Project Delivery Support) provide guidance and make recommendations in relation to all aspects of a project, i.e. from strategic inception through to monitoring and evaluation.
The post-holder will work in a project and programme management capacity and will be the key contact with a number of partner organisations, ensuring that Infrastructure projects within their portfolio: 
Observe best practice and ensure quality; 
Offer best value; 
Achieve the desired outcomes of the Infrastructure in addition to Sustrans wider visions;
Adhere to the conditions set out in funding agreements, ensuring that they are delivered within the agreed timescales.
In addition, the post-holder may get involved with other projects concerning the promotion of cycling and walking.
Place in Organisation Structure:
The post-holder will report to an Infrastructure Coordinator and be part of the Infrastructure team, managed by the Infrastructure Manager.  
They will be part of the Infrastructure Team, which is managed by the Head of Infrastructure & Delivery, Scotland. In addition, the post-holder will receive support and direction from colleagues in other disciplines as and when required.
Key Relationships:
Internal: Infrastructure Coordinator
Infrastructure Officers
Infrastructure Manager
Head of Project Delivery, Infrastructure
Other Sustrans staff as required
External: Local authorities and other Partners in receipt of funding support
                Residents, community groups and businesses
                Consultants, contractors and suppliers
                Statutory Authorities
                Other Partners as required in response to programme growth
Key Responsibilities:
1. To monitor the delivery of the projects within the agreed timescale, budget and quality, with support from Infrastructure Coordinators.  
2. To ensure that Sustrans’ design principles and best practices are adhered to and ensure best value for money is achieved at all times by partners delivering the projects.
3. To assist in the assessment process of applications to the Infrastructure programmes.
4. To disseminate and promote best practice to partners and other relevant stakeholders.
5. To assist in delivering community engagement and behaviour change processes related to Infrastructure projects.
6. To provide guidance and make recommendations on all aspects of project development and implementation.
7. To appraise and review designs, engagement strategies and behaviour change work associated with Infrastructure projects.
8. To work with and support partners in managing change in relation to projects, programmes and costs.
9. To facilitate integrated, cross-sector working to support project delivery.
10. To liaise with Research, Monitoring and Evaluation colleagues to support the monitoring, evaluation and reporting of project outputs and outcomes.
11. To support partners to develop projects in accordance with Infrastructure programme stages and processes.
12. To support partners in delivering high quality walking and cycling projects that make it easier for people to walk and cycle.
13. To ensure that the post-holder’s line manager is made aware of any key issues in relation to project delivery, especially where the overall project delivery timescale or expenditure is at risk.
14. To use the Sustrans’ internal project database to record progress of projects and anticipated and actual expenditure. 
15. To ensure all grant claims are submitted on time for completed projects. 
16. To ensure projects are correctly signed off, recorded and mapped for reporting purposes.
17. To ensure all partner project reports are submitted on time for completed projects.
Communication and Marketing:
18. To promote the Infrastructure programme and encourage sustained growth in the volume of funding applications submitted.
19. To promote and encourage new partners to engage with and submit applications to the Infrastructure programme. 
20. To liaise with our Communications colleagues to support the communications outcomes and outputs of Infrastructure projects.
21. To contribute towards raising the profile of Sustrans, by representing the charity at meetings, activities and events, as required. 
Training and Continuing Professional Development:
22. To attend essential and recommended Sustrans training as required by the Charity.
23. To ensure that Continuing Professional Development is advanced by working to objectives set as part of the Charity’s appraisal process.
Health & Safety, Safeguarding and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:
24. To support and comply with the Charity’s policy for the management of Health and Safety.
25. To support and comply with the Charity’s policies for the management of safeguarding.
26. To support and comply with the Charity’s policy and procedures relating to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and apply best practice principles in relation to the Infrastructure Project Officer role.
27. To perform any other duties consistent with the nature and grade of the role as agreed with the line manager.
28. To participate in the collaborative team-based approach to Sustrans work in Scotland. 
Working Conditions:
The post is expected to be based at the Sustrans Scotland office in Edinburgh; however, in exceptional circumstances it could be based elsewhere.  Travel across Scotland and overnights away from home or work outside normal office hours will be required.
The post-holder will be expected to travel for work by sustainable transport methods wherever and whenever possible.
Special Note:
This job description does not form part of the contract of employment, but indicates how that contract should be performed.  The job description may be subject to amendment in the light of experience and in consultation with the post-holder.
Compiled by: Infrastructure Manager (Project Delivery Support), Scotland
Date: May 2019
Infrastructure Officer, Project Delivery Support, (SUS2714)
Person Specification
Criteria Essential
Qualifications, education and training A good standard of education and relevant experience 
Experience Technical background (e.g. experience in delivery of civil engineering, active travel or public realm projects)
Experience of project management and delivering to time and budget
Experience of building successful working relationships with partner organisations 
Experience of engaging with community representatives and stakeholders in the design and delivery of infrastructure projects
Skills and abilities
An ability to develop productive working relationships with partner organisations
Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to express complex subjects in an effective and accurate manner.
Proven ability to advise and influence others in the design and delivery of projects
Excellent attention to detail
Ability to present to a technical/specialist audience.
Excellent written and verbal communication, IT literacy and administrative skills
An ability to be proactive, organised and efficient
Able to function on own initiative with limited supervision
Ability to work as part of a team with a positive and enthusiastic attitude
An understanding of and enthusiasm for high quality public realm, urban design and planning. 
Knowledge of best practice walking and cycling infrastructure. 
Understanding of community engagement
A dynamic, imaginative and creative approach
Committed to Sustrans’ vision and the promotion of sustainable transport and design 
Criteria, Desirable
Qualifications, education and training Educated or trained in any of the following sectors:
Urban design
Landscape architecture
Engineering or related field
Transport modelling
An alternative, relevant and demonstrable specialism (e.g. collaborative design)
Experience working in, or with Partners in, any of the following sectors of fields:
Urban design
Community engagement 
Behaviour change 
Local authorities
Working for a grant funding body
Cross-sector collaboration
Multi-disciplinary teams
Skills and abilities
Visual presentation skills:
free-hand drawing
relevant experience using computer design packages, such as: Photoshop, SketchUp, Illustrator, InDesign, AutoCAD
Ability to use GIS and mapping software
Knowledge and understanding of transport planning and policy
Website editing/blog writing/creating social media content
Understanding of the Equality Act 2010 and its implications for design and delivery of projects


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