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We are looking to expand our team by recruiting a Graduate Sustainable Transport Consultant who will provide additional support on our range of projects across the public and private sectors. You will be responsible for delivery on projects that include; air quality monitoring, school travel plans, modal shift and engagement with businesses to promote sustainable transport initiatives.

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in the sustainable transport sectors and gain project management experience as part of a supportive team of professionals with a shared passion for sustainable transport. We are keen to support your personal development, offering excellent career progression and the opportunity to play a role in work winning and business strategy.

Based in the vibrant Southbank area of London, we share an office with our parent company, Mattinson Partnership - a specialist recruiter for the built and natural environment. You can expect a busy, friendly office and an active social scene with regular staff events. Flexible working options are also available.

About you

We are looking for an outgoing and confident 'people person' who is comfortable speaking with large numbers of schools and businesses by phone and in-person to persuade them to participate in our clients' sustainable transport / air quality programmes. You will have excellent spoken and written communications skills, organisational skills and attention to detail. You should also be able to demonstrate an interest in transport, air quality and/or the built environment. A background in sales, customer service or survey delivery is desirable. A degree-level education (or equivalent) is preferred.

Role and responsibilities:

  • Contribute to a variety of projects including air quality monitoring, school travel plans, and engagement with businesses to promote cycling and air quality initiatives.
  • Lead projects to collect travel data from schools in central London by contacting schools, arranging to visit, and delivering in-class 'hands up' surveys.
  • Provide project support for our bikes for business initiative, promoting the use of cargo bikes across Southwark.
  • Provide input for our website and social media accounts.
  • Attend networking events as required.


Key skills and experience

  • Outgoing and confident manner
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated interest in transport, air quality and/or the built environment
  • Background in sales, customer service or survey delivery
  • Data analysis and report writing
  • Degree-level education or equivalent
  • Ability to ride a bicycle in London and own a bicycle (desired)


To apply

Apply now with your cv and cover letter highlighting what attracts you to the position and what you think you can bring to the role to info@mattinsonpartnership.com or apply on the Mattinson Partnership website

Deadline for applications is 5th July.

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This May, MP Smarter Travel partnered with Brent Council as they launched their first ever cargo bike project for businesses in and around Harlesden, to deliver goods and services, or for recycling collection. Three local businesses took part in this project, Sparks cycle shop, Harlesden Mutual Aid and Crazy Baker.

Sparks cycle shop used Zap Waste, working in partnership with Pedal Me, to collect their cardboard recycling. Instead of using a big truck which comes through the high street, restricting road access to pedestrians and other drivers, Zap Waste were able to park outside the shop, collect their recycling and load it into the bike, quickly and easily. What’s more, by using a cargo bike, carbon dioxide emissions were zero and there was no noise pollution.

“The Brent trial was a great opportunity for us to test collecting waste with cargo bikes. We offer simple, fast and flexible business waste collections, so it was important to put that to the test. We believe there is a healthy future for cargo bikes in waste logistics.”
Nic Hamilton, Founder, Zap Waste

Second to trial cargo bikes was Harlesden Mutual Aid, a local charity providing food and emergency supplies to residents in the area. Pedal Me were engaged to work with the charity to deliver both hot and cold food parcels and so far have delivered almost 200 meals.

Artisan bakery, Crazy Baker, known for their delicious cupcakes and fresh bread, also used Zap Waste to collect their dry mixed recycling. Located on a busy road with plenty of foot traffic, Zap Waste were able to pull up outside the bakery with little disruption to traffic and pedestrians, collect the recycling and head on to the recycling centre, quickly and easily. Again, as a result of using cargo bikes the trip had zero carbon emissions and made for a speedy pick up.

"We're really excited to be working with MP Smarter Travel to support new businesses to transition away from slow and inefficient vans or cars to more modern cargo bike based services like ourselves. We're often able to do the work of many motor vehicles with one cargo bike - saving our clients time and money and to make more sales."
Ben Knowles, CEO and Rider, Pedal Me

The ability to implement environmentally friendly and efficient deliveries and recycling collection is easy and cost effective. With more and more London boroughs and cities across the UK embracing more eco-friendly ways to transport and deliver goods and services, cargo bikes are becoming increasingly popular.

At MP Smarter Travel, we’ve worked with a number of cities and London boroughs to help businesses make the switch from vans to cargo bikes including Brighton & Hove and Southwark. If you’re a local council and want to find out more about how we can help those in your local area use cargo bikes, contact us at info@mpsmartertravel.co.uk

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