Road transport manager

Road transport managers make sure goods and passengers reach their destinations safely, on time and in the most cost-effective way.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £23,000 to £50,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 38 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements.

You could develop your transport skills as a driver, team leader or administrator, then apply for promotion to road transport manager.

Management experience from other industries will also be helpful.

An HND, foundation degree, or degrees in a relevant subject, like logistics, supply chain management, transport management, or business management may help you get onto a management trainee programme.


2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • strong organisational skills for planning schedules, journeys and loads 
  • excellent budget handling skills 
  • the ability to think logically 
  • the ability to work flexibly and to make decisions quickly 
  • excellent communication skills and the ability to deal with people at all levels 
  • good leadership and motivational skills 
  • good geographical knowledge 

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • working with suppliers and customers, planning routes and scheduling delivery times
  • managing a team of supervisors, administration staff and drivers
  • making sure the operation meets its targets
  • coordinating staff training
  • putting together performance reports for directors
  • arranging vehicle maintenance, MOTs and tax payments
  • organising vehicle replacements
  • managing contracts and developing new business

You’ll also make sure that operations are carried out in line with UK and EU laws and regulations.

4. Salary

Starter: £23,000 to £28,000

Experienced: £30,000 and £45,000

Highly Experienced: £50,000 or more

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work around 38 hours a week. This may include shiftwork and weekends to cover 24-hour operations.

Your time would be split between the office, the transport depot and your clients' premises.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could specialise in other types of transport, like rail, sea or air.

You could also move into transport planning and consultancy.

Last updated: 28 September 2016