How to become a Transport Manager

Transport managers organise and control the operations of a transportation business.

Personal requirements for a Transport Manager

  • Good organisational and managerial skills
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Good communication skills.

Duties & Tasks of a Transport Manager

Transport managers may perform the following tasks:

  • Organise the purchase and maintenance of transport vehicles, equipment and fuel
  • Talk to clients to determine their requirements
  • Devise and put into place transportation schedules and receive orders and bookings
  • Ensure goods are stored and transported in conditions that will maintain their quality
  • Arrange collection and delivery of vehicles and goods
  • Provide vehicles for hire or charter
  • Introduce and maintain quality control procedures
  • Determine ways to reduce transport and energy costs
  • Provide planning, scheduling and route management systems and processes that improve customer service
  • Organise and arrange promotional campaigns for the transportation of goods
  • Understand and rigorously enforce Chain of Responsibility laws.

Working conditions for a Transport Manager

Transport managers spend most of their day in the office, although they may be required to inspect operations from time to time. On these occasions, they may be exposed to dusty and noisy conditions.


Specializations

The transport manager's role is becoming increasingly specialised and sophisticated. They need a thorough understanding of the transport industry and how the four principal modes of transport (road, rail, sea and air) interact:

  • - Road passenger (bus, coach and taxi) transport is provided by both government agencies and private companies, while goods transport relates to general carriers such as courier, taxi truck and heavy haulage services, as well as the operations of large commercial enterprises, such as bakeries and meat and food processors, which have delivery vehicles. - Rail passenger transport is provided in the metropolitan area, and passenger and goods transport are provided in the country and interstate. - Air passenger and goods transport is provided by private, domestic and overseas airlines. - Sea passenger and goods transport is provided by local and overseas shipping companies.

Transport Manager

Transport managers organise and control the operations of a transportation business.

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