Head of Research and Monitoring Unit


Head of Research and Monitoring Unit


SUSTRANS LIMITED, Blythswood New Town, Glasgow City

  • Full time
  • Permanent
  • Remote working

Posted 1 week ago, 31 May | Get your application in now before you miss out!

Closing date: Closing date not specified

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Full Job Description

As the Head of Research and Monitoring Unit (RMU), Scotland and Northern Ireland you will contribute to the strategic direction of Sustrans' evidencing work. You will provide strategic and operational leadership to RMU, working alongside the Director of Evidence and Insight and RMU's Senior Leadership Team.

RMU conducts evaluation and research to assure the delivery of Sustrans impact and influence policy, investment and practice in support of Sustrans' vision.

You will drive a culture change in Sustrans where impact is central to the operation, and this is understood and acted upon at all levels; you will identify areas of the Sustrans Scotland delivery portfolio in which impact can be improved; and you will empower colleagues to think creatively, pragmatically and collaboratively about developing outputs that are useable, objective, efficient and timely.

This senior leadership role is about shaping resourcing in response to changes in funding, evidencing and communicating the value of investment in active travel, and demonstrating the value added by Sustrans' role.

Acting as the senior-level interface between the RMU, Sustrans Scotland and Transport Scotland, you will enable the generation of high-quality evidence, use this material to support service improvement in delivery by Sustrans in Scotland and partners, and engage Transport Scotland, providing justification of their investment and advocacy for future policy and investment decisions.

This role also covers similar activity Northern Ireland, but due to the balance of investment the role is more heavily focused on Scotland than on Northern Ireland. The brief is similar for Northern Ireland, but the delivery and evidencing portfolios are much smaller, with a focus on developing more evidencing and evaluation operations in NI.

We offer true hybrid working, a mix of home working and time within our new Hubs in Edinburgh or Glasgow, with flexible working patterns to suit individual circumstances. On occasion, there will be travel, and possible overnight stays required.

An experienced senior leader, you will build relationships easily at all levels; adapting your communication skills to engage and influence people, as well as a proven record of successful working strategically with a diverse range of partners. These skills and experience are key, as you will be the primary point of connection between Sustrans' evidencing work and senior stakeholders within Transport Scotland.

You should have experience of resource management, including managing and implementing change initiatives. You should have demonstrable experience of delivery to deadlines and within budget, including scoping, designing and effective implementation of project work and you should have an awareness of key data sources on active and sustainable travel, allowing you to advise colleagues at a strategic level.

It would be advantageous for you to have knowledge of the political and funding context for walking and cycling initiatives in Scotland and Northern Ireland, but it is not essential.

RMU conducts evaluation and research to assure the delivery of Sustrans impact and influence policy, investment and practice in support of Sustrans' vision., 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.


  • 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.

  • Financial
  • Group Personal Pension scheme with a 6% or 7% of basic salary contribution being matched by Sustrans.

  • 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 times annual salary.

  • Family-friendly
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay.

  • Flexible Working practices (full-time hours are 37.5 per week, Monday - Friday).