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Road haulage load planner

Road haulage load planners control the transfer of goods around the country’s road transport network.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £16,000 to £28,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: Variable per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements but employers may look for:

  • IT skills for using spreadsheets
  • GCSEs in English and maths, or an equivalent level 2 qualification
  • experience of working in transport or distribution a background in stock control or administration
You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • customer service and communication skills
  • problem solving skills and the ability to adapt plans
  • negotiating skills
  • geographical knowledge
  • the ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines

3. What you'll do

You’ll make sure freight is moved in the most efficient way around the country’s road network. You’ll need to take into account schedules, costs, and health and safety.

You might work for a road haulage company or other business with their own fleet of vehicles, like a retail chain.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • deciding how many vehicles will be needed to deliver each shipment of goods
  • working out how much it will cost to make each delivery
  • planning the safest way to load and unload goods
  • monitoring each delivery as it makes its journey
  • reviewing load plans with clients
  • making backup plans to cover changes in circumstances
You might also use computer software packages to help with some of these tasks, for example, to match the size of loads with the vehicles needed to move them.

4. Salary

Starter: £16,000 to £19,000

Experienced: £20,000 to £28,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll often work shifts on a rota, including early mornings and late nights.

You’ll usually be based in an office within a warehouse or distribution depot.

6. Career path and progression

You could progress to senior or regional load planner, or, with qualifications, you could move into distribution, supply chain or transport management.

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Last updated: 14 December 2016