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Road transport manager Jobs – Young Jobseeker Info

Road transport manager jobs… did you know?

The UK is criss-crossed with a dizzying network of roads leading to all kinds of destinations, from sleepy seaside towns to the buzzing metropolis. Everywhere you look, there are shops, museums, leisure centres and businesses. What do all these things need? Stuff that’s come from somewhere else!

Road transport managers have the very important job of running fleets of vehicles carrying either passengers or goods to make sure they reach their destinations on time, safely carrying their precious cargo.

Maybe you’re a people-person, or you like to plan fun trips and holidays so they run smoothly, or you know you’d be great if you were in power. If any of these sound like you, you could go far in a transport management career!

Industry: Transport and Logistics

Road transport manager job trends

How much money can you make as a road transport manager?

£23,000 – £50,000 (UK average)


The starting salary can be around £23,000 – 28,000.

When you gain experience, your wage can increase to £30,000-£40,000 and can eventually rise to £50,000 when you become extremely experienced.

What entry qualifications and training do you need for this job?

You don’t need any formal qualifications to become a road transport manager – but you do need to be able to prove to employers and yourself that you could handle a leadership position that involved understanding the challenges of planning how a fleet of vehicles moves around safely and on time.

Fun Fact: Did you know that there are currently 83,000 road transport managers in the UK? Even with these high numbers there is still a shortage of managers – so get yourself trained up!

School, college and training

First things first. To build up to this role, a great starting point would be to become a clerk or administrator, or a driver worker. These roles don’t always have set requirements for qualifications in school and beyond, though having around five GCSEs or their equivalents in grades 9-4/A*-C (including English and maths) will be useful.
Getting transport jobs like these when you’re fresh out of school will help you understand the secret tips and tricks in the world of transport and logistics. You’ll also learn how all the different teams fit together to get things moving from A to B.
With time and experience, you can then get promoted to become a trainee manager.
With this approach, you’ll be learning on the job as you go. You may also have the opportunity to train your skills further, either with your employers or by seeking out part-time courses.

Further learning and training

You might find that having a Higher National Diploma (HND) in logistics, business studies, business administration, or transport studies could help you stand out from the crowd. If you want to enter at a junior management level, you’ll need to have five GCSEs (9-4/A*-C).

Apprenticeships

When entering any sector, it’s great to have some grounding business and commercial knowledge about it. When you apply for a transport and logistics apprenticeship you’ll not only learn about the industry, but you’ll be getting hands-on experience at the same time – and get paid for it.

To read more about apprenticeships, please follow this link.

Graduates

You can apply for transport and logistics degrees if you want to enter at a higher level or benefit from graduate training schemes. You can also go on to do postgraduate studies, like getting yourself a Masters in transportation management!

Career progression


Transport isn’t just about vehicles on the road. Once you understand transport management on the road, you can move into management positions for transport like ships, trains and planes.
With time and experience you could move into transport consultancy and planning.

What experience do you need for road transport manager jobs?

Work experience

Work experience in areas like driving, or previous experience of team leadership, are great for a road transport manager role.
If you have a HND, or a degree in a relevant subject, you could apply for a management training programme in areas like logistics, transport management or supply chain management to heighten the chances of landing your dream role.

Previous work experience in office environments where a logical approach or event planning is involved could be very useful.
Examples of relevant work experience include:

  • Work shadowing (even if it’s just for a day)
  • Work placements in a company
  • Work placements on a degree course

What skills do you need for road transport manager jobs?

Useful skills to highlight in your CV, cover letter and interview include:


  • Good organisational and self-management skills; planning schedules etc. (e.g. planning schedules)
  • Great IT and numeracy skills
  • Excellent communication skills and teamworking skills to work well with clients and staff of all levels and backgrounds – as well as being able to motivate your team!
  • Keeping a cool head and working to tight deadlines
  • Logical and quick on your feet when it comes to problem solving

Vocational qualifications and work experience will help you build these skills over time.

What does a road transport manager do?

What you do as a transport manager can vary due to the size of the company you are working for.

General day-to-day responsibilities can include:

  • Sticking like glue to UK and European Union (EU) laws about how goods or passengers are being transported.
  • Understanding and following regulations around vehicle safety and fuel emissions, as well as complying with customs requirements.
  • Oversee scheduling, and timetabling when journeys will be carried out (for either passengers or goods)
  • Oversee the staff for these vehicles and make sure there are always enough employees.
  • Managing a team that you’ll have to motivate and champion (which is business-speak for ‘support’. Who doesn’t want to be a champion?).
  • Make good judgement calls on difficult decisions, e.g. weighing up if the weather is good enough to go ahead).
  • Recruiting new drivers.

Some of this may seem like tricky stuff as you read it through. With time, experience and training, it will all make perfect sense – and you’ll be thrilled at being trusted with the responsibility to make it all happen.

Your first steps into road transport manager jobs

Every journey begins with that first step. To get things off on the right foot, consider developing skills in these types of roles as a starting point in your career:

  • Transport administrator
  • Admin
  • Customer service roles

Apprenticeship and graduate schemes are another great way to get started.

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