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Road transport manager

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

Annual Salary

£23,000 to £50,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

38

5%
Future employment

There will be 5% more Road transport manager jobs in 2023.
In your local area

What's it all about?

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

You'll also make sure that operations are carried out in line with UK and EU laws and regulations.

There are no set entry requirements.

You could develop your transport skills as a driver, team leader or administrator, then apply for promotion to road transport manager.

Management experience from other industries will also be helpful.

An HND, foundation degree or degrees in a relevant subject, like logistics, supply chain management, transport management or business management may help you get onto a management trainee programme.

£23,000 to £50,000

Starter salary: £23,000 to £28,000

Experienced salary: £30,000 and £45,000

These figures are a guide.

38

You'll usually work around 38 hours a week. This may include shift work and weekends to cover 24-hour operations.

Your time would be split between the office, the transport depot and your clients' premises.

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

You could also move into transport planning and consultancy.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • strong organisational skills for planning schedules, journeys and loads
  • excellent budget handling skills
  • the ability to think logically
  • the ability to work flexibly and to make decisions quickly
  • excellent communication skills and the ability to deal with people at all levels
  • good leadership and motivational skills
  • good geographical knowledge
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