Business Development Officer


Bristol, with the flexibility to work from home
£28,831 pa (pro rata for part-time hours)

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: sustainable transport

Closing date: Sunday, 19th May 2024   Closes today

Business Development Officer 

  • England
  • £28,831 per annum (pro rata for part time hours) 
  • Ref: SUS4246
  • Full Time 37.5 hours per week – happy to talk flexible working 
  • Base: Sustrans offices in Bristol with the flexibility to work from home 

About the role 

This is an exciting opportunity to join Sustrans, the UK’s leading sustainable transport charity. We are looking for a highly organised individual to provide co-ordination and administrative support for Sustrans-wide business development systems, activities. 

As the Business Development Officer, you will support colleagues across the organisation bidding for tenders and grant funding, by helping to guide bid submissions through a series of steps, from initial assessment to submission to funder decision. 

In this role you will support Project Officers and Senior Managers with all aspects of bid preparation including checking for compliance, proof reading and formatting. 

This role requires you to be proactive in researching new potential funding sources and monitoring grant and tender alerts; and you will be expected to manage and further develop a suite of bidding resources.

You will work from a Sustrans office, preferably in Bristol, with the flexibility to work from home, or home-based within reasonable travelling distance from Bristol. 

About you 

Experienced in providing administrative support and coordinating work in a busy environment, you will be able to communicate and build relationships easily, enabling you to engage with multiple teams and work effectively with colleagues across the organisation. 

You will be highly organised, comfortable multi-tasking and working to deadlines, with excellent attention to detail. You’ll use your excellent planning skills to help anticipate and manage potential issues before they arise.

You will have experience of using business development management, client/customer relationship management or contact systems. Ideally you will be familiar with tender procurement portals, grant funding websites and funding sources. 

Sustrans has a long-term commitment to being a charity for everyone - reducing inequality, valuing diversity, enabling inclusion and ensuring all people are treated with dignity and respect. 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.

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 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 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 23:59, 19 May 2024.

Face to face interviews will take place during the week commencing 03 June 2024.

To apply, please complete our online application form. More details of our vacancies can be found on our website

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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