Transport Manager

Transport manager Jobs – Young Jobseeker Info

Transport manager jobs… did you know?

Similar jobs: Passenger transport manager, customer service manager, operations manager

There are so many ways for us to get from A to B, from the underground to buses, trams and riverboats. But have you ever wondered who makes sure that transport is there for us (and millions of other people) each day? You’d be forgiven if you hadn’t but there’s a role called a transport manager behind it all, like the wizard behind the curtain.

As a transport manager it’s your job to plan and manage all forms of passenger transport including trains, trams, airplanes, ferries, ships and buses.

Industry: Transport and Logistics

Transport manager job trends

How much money can you make as a transport manager?

£18,000 – £50,000 (UK average)

Starting salaries are quite broad in this career and can range from £18,000 through to £24,000.

With a few more years of experience this can then increase up to £35,000.

When you reach senior transport manager level you could be earning up to £50,000 a year.

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

School, college and training

If you want to become a transport manager, it isn’t essential to have a degree – employers in this sector value lived experience. However, you may need to start off at a lower level and work your way up from there.

If you aim for at least five GCSEs or their equivalent in grades 9-4/A*-C including English and maths, you can apply to become a transport clerk, and work your way up.


Apprenticeship schemes are another way into a supply chain career. An apprenticeship is a way to get training and real-life An apprenticeship scheme is a great tried-and-tested way into a transport career that can take you places. With a transport apprenticeship you’ll get training and real-life experience while getting paid for it.

When you’re ready for leadership and management responsibilities, you can be eased into them gradually in a way that fits your knowledge and experience.

Your employer of choice may be advertising apprenticeships on their career websites, or it’s always worth checking the find an apprenticeship website, please follow this link.

Taking the University route

If you decide that you want to go to university to help you on your way to becoming a successful transport manager, there are several degree subjects you could take. 

Areas of interest would be:

  • Business studies
  • Management
  • Civil engineering
  • Economics
  • Logistics
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Transport management and planning
  • Town planning

There are also some graduate management training schemes available, and many big providers of passenger transport welcome graduates from a wide range of subjects. This is great news for graduates, because it means your degree choice doesn’t need to hold you back from a transport management career.

What experience do you need for transport manager jobs?

Work experience

Having work experience in a customer-facing or customer-related environment would be ideal. It doesn’t have to be in transport – it could be in retail, too! You need to show your potential employer that you are great with people and can understand their needs. This will help you demonstrate that you can identify what passengers will need on various forms of transport.

Chances are, you’ll eventually be working for one of the following types of transport company:

  • Bus and coach companies
  • Airlines and airports
  • Ferry and cruise operators
  • Tram operators
  • Travel and tourist companies
  • Tube and metro train companies.

Why not put in the research now? Ring them up and show them that you’re proactively looking for work experience and see if you can shadow someone, if not a team. This will help you pick up valuable skills you can apply within your career.

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 transport manager jobs?

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

Having a key interest and understanding of all things transport

  • Good project management skills, with a knack for being able to lead and motivate others
  • Willingness to learn, develop and grow
  • Great social skills and communication skills
  • Good teamwork skills and positive attitude to help people get motivated about their work
  • Goode eye for details and organisation – it’s all part of self-management skills, which will help you manage others!
  • Strong IT skills to handle database systems and large chunks of information
  • Flexibility when it comes to rotas/working at weekends

Strong business and finance skills, because money plays a part in creating a great customer experience within budget.

What does a transport manager do?

As a transport manager, you are at the forefront of the passenger’s needs for their journey. This is a role for someone who isn’t afraid of responsibility and uses their initiative to (literally) get things moving.

It’s your mission to make sure the transport meets performance and safety targets. You’ll do the research and pass on your findings to senior management, along with other reports and recommendations you may have. You will advise on policies, making sure the outcome is in the best interest of your passengers’ safety and in line with UK health and safety laws and regulations. You will line-manage staff, and coordinate rotas and training.

You must ensure that customers are heard! That could mean implementing suggestions being made by the passengers or dealing with complaints being made about the company, or journey, to give a few examples.

Being a transport manager allows you to work in both the public or the private sector.

Benefits in the public sector may include;

  • Flexitime
  • Pension schemes
  • Health insurance

Benefits In the private sector, this might include:

  • Company pension
  • Reduced-cost travel with the company

Your first steps into transport manager jobs

Just getting started? Not ready for a big manager role just yet, but it’s something you look forward to one day? Consider building up your skills with roles like these:

  • Transport planning apprenticeships and graduate schemes
  • Customer services roles

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