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Transport managers are responsible for directing, coordinating, planning and overseeing tasks and operations within an organisation involving transportation activities. They are required to ensure the legal requirements for road haulage are met.
As this is a managerial position, an undergraduate degree is usually required. For some positions you'll also need to have a masters degree, or chartered status with a relevant body. However, experience is often very important too, so entrants with other qualifications may be considered.
Although this role may have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme card to work on a construction site.
Some employers will expect you to have an undergraduate degree, or equivalent, to join as a transport manager. Relevant subjects include:
For an undergraduate degree, you’ll usually require:
Many graduates go on to do a postgraduate qualification in transport planning approved by the Transport Planning Society.
If you have experience within the transport management sector, you could apply directly to a construction company to gain onsite experience as a transport manager. You might start out as an assistant to a more experienced transport manager and progress as your abilities improve.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a transport manager. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a transport manager include:
As a transport manager you are responsible for helping to ensure that all goods and passengers reach their destinations safely.
The role of a transport manager involves the following duties:
The expected salary for a transport manager varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources
Check out the latest transport manager vacancies:
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As an experienced transport manager, you could become a self-employed consultant or start your own haulage company.