Road transport manager

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Road transport managers make sure goods and passengers reach their destinations safely, on time and in the most cost-effective way.

Salary range: £23,000 to £50,000

How to become a road transport manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

University

You can do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • logistics
  • supply chain management
  • transport management
  • business management

You can also do a postgraduate course if you have a relevant degree.

After you finish your studies, you can then apply for a place on a management trainee scheme with a transport company.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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Apprenticeship

You may be able to do a passenger transport operations manager higher apprenticeship if you’re working for a passenger transport company.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Work

You could develop your transport skills as a driver, team leader or administrator. With training and experience you could then apply for a road transport manager’s job.

Direct application

You can apply directly for jobs. You’ll be expected to have experience and qualifications in road transport.

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Professional and industry bodies

You can join the The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and United Kingdom Warehousing Association for professional recognition and training opportunities.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a transport manager from:

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • customer service skills
  • business management skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • leadership skills
  • knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits
  • the ability to work well with others
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and requirements

You may need to get a Certificate of Professional Competence – a Driver CPC – if you’re the operator of a haulage or transport business.

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • working with suppliers and customers, planning routes and scheduling delivery times
  • managing a team of supervisors, administration staff and drivers
  • making sure the operation meets its targets
  • coordinating staff training
  • putting together performance reports for directors
  • arranging vehicle maintenance, MOTs and tax payments
  • organising vehicle replacements
  • managing contracts and developing new business

Working environment

You could work in an office or at a client’s business.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could specialise in other types of transport, like rail, sea or air.

You could also move into transport planning and consultancy.

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