about 2 years ago by Ellen Grove

The Role of a Transport Manager


So you're considering a career as a Transport Manager? Do you think it will be right for you? Far from acting like the Fat Controller, you can expect to oversee all planned routes whilst managing maintenance of the entire fleet and ensuring safe operations at all time.

Most people already have the old stereotype stuck in their head, but there’s more to this position. Being a transport manager means your daily tasks will vary a lot. This role suits people who don’t mind taking care of the extra details while also keeping in mind the bigger picture. We’re going to have an in-depth look and see what this job really is like. You’ll be expecting a lot of fast-moving tasks and responsibilities, so let’s dive right in.



Responsibilities of a Transport Manager


On a daily basis, you’ll be involved in a lot of tasks. From planning, costing and allocating routes and vehicles, to ensuring all vehicles are compliant with legal, regulatory and contractual requirements. That’s only an overview of the tasks you’re going to oversee.
Did we say being confident with people’s skills?  As part of your responsibilities, you’ll be in charge of managing and ensuring that your team of drivers and transport assistants supply great customer service. 

Being a transport manager requires a lot of flexibility and quick thinking. Every career is different but you’ll be faced with a lot of decisions to make. At the end of the day, as a transport manager, you need to make sure that the overall operations of the business to run profitably and efficiently. With such a wide array of tasks to choose from, you can see why being a transport manager is such a unique role in the logistics industry.




What is the salary of a transport manager?


The good news is that salaries make for attractive compensation. The average salary for a transport manager comes in at £40,000. With such a multitude of tasks, it’d only be expected to be rewarded for your hard work. 




What skills does a Transport Manager need to have?


A transport manager needs to have a wide range of skill sets in order to be considered for a position. Some positions will require more experience than others but usually, you will see a pattern in terms of what you need to have.  Some of the main skills and expertise that a transport manager should have are:


  • Experience in a similar managerial role in the transport sector, including supervision of staff

  • Experience of managing budgets & contracts

  • Excellent written and verbal communication

  • Proven ability to plan and navigate journeys confidently

  • Experience of vehicle maintenance

  • Have a CPC qualification

  • 3 - 5 years’ experience within Transport Management

  • Excellent geographical knowledge of UK roads and networks

  • Working knowledge of WTD and drivers hours


With great power, comes great responsibility. So if you can tick most of these boxes, then you’re on the right track to be considered for a transport manager. 




How does a normal day in the life of a transport manager look like?


When it comes to working conditions you can expect to work Monday – Friday with occasional weekend work required. Your time will be typically split between the office, the transport depot and clients' premises coming up to a 36 hour week. 


All in all, it’s a rewarding and varied career choice with good prospects. This would mostly suit a person who likes to be involved in a busy environment, jumping from a task to another while ensuring the outcome is 100%.