Most of the time, transportation analysts work in the transportation industry. They also work for various businesses that have logistics, shipments, and procurement departments. Their primary job is to determine the most cost-effective methods for transporting goods without sacrificing efficiency and timeliness.
Transportation analysts are responsible for managing transportation management business processes to ensure that they meet customer requirements. They work with procurement, sales, and shipment personnel. They analyze freight bills, payments, and shipment planning. Transportation analysts provide relevant support function activity, including accuracy and timeliness of data processing, report generating, problem analysis, and all other customer-specific inquiries. They generate periodic customer metrics and develop customer performance reports. They must be willing and capable to work in a team environment.
Bachelor's degree from reputable colleges or universities in business, industrial engineering, logistics, or other related fields is often required. Some employers allow candidates with certain years of equivalent work experience to replace a bachelor's degree requirement. Transportation analysts must have computer skills and be familiar with the organization's software and programs. They must also be familiar with Microsoft Office and database programs. They must have exceptional interpersonal skills, and they must have excellent oral and written communications skills. They must be able to interact with clients in resolving problems. Candidates that have the aptitude to gain further competency in statistical and/or transportation analysis tools are preferred. They may be required to train, coach, and mentor new transportation analysts.
Transportation Analyst Tasks
Collect, analyze, and make recommendations using data about timeliness, cost, types of goods, etc.
Identify inefficiencies and budget variances and make recommendations to avoid them.
Research, create cost estimates, and negotiate transportation options and contracts.