Transportation managers oversee all transportation issues for their company from shipping and receiving supplies to transporting employees to meetings to calculating per mile travel costs. Companies rely on transportation managers to keep costs low and efficiently manage transportation-related issues. Aside from managing the logistical aspects of transportation, the transportation manager typically also manage other transportation employees. They perform a range of managerial tasks such as providing guidance to employees, overseeing their work, and handling disciplinary issues as needed. Transportation managers generally work full time in an office setting, although overtime may be required depending on the needs of their employer.
A bachelor's degree in a relevant field (such as the field in which the manager works) is generally the minimal educational requirement for this position.
Transportation managers must have substantial industry experience and knowledge as well. Because transportation managers work with a wide variety of professionals, it is important for them to have well-developed interpersonal skills. They should feel comfortable speaking with people (such as carriers and suppliers) and negotiating efficiently priced transportation deals with them. Transportation managers must also be well organized and possess excellent time-management skills. Communications skills are also important for negotiating and writing transportation contracts and for maintaining successful relationships throughout the supply chain.
Transportation Manager Tasks
Establish company shipping and safety policies and enforce compliance with DOT regulations.
Work within budget constraints and seek to minimize transportation costs.
Determine shipping logistics, deciding routes, schedules, vehicles, and personnel.
Analyze shipping data to identify strategies for making routes more efficient.