Road Transport Manager

Job Description:

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

Job Category:
Transport & Logistics

What you will do:

In this role you could:

  • work with suppliers and customers, plan routes and schedule delivery times
  • manage a team of supervisors, administration staff and drivers
  • make sure the operation meets its targets
  • co-ordinate staff training
  • make sure drivers follow company and industry regulations
  • put together performance reports for directors
  • arrange vehicle maintenance, MOTs and tax payments
  • organise vehicle replacements
  • manage contracts and develop new business


You’ll need:

  • business management skills
  • knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

  • customer service skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork)
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
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Entry Requirements:

To become a Road Transport Manager, you don’t need specific GCSE  subjects, but certain subjects and skills can be beneficial in preparing for a career in this field. Road Transport Managers are responsible for overseeing and managing the logistics, operations, and compliance of road transportation companies. Here are some relevant GCSE subjects and skills:

  1. Mathematics: Strong mathematical skills are essential for tasks such as budgeting, route planning, and understanding financial aspects of road transport management.
  2. Business Studies: Knowledge of business principles, supply chain management, and logistics can be valuable for understanding the operational and managerial aspects of the road transport industry.
  3. Geography: Geographic knowledge, including understanding maps, geography, and transportation routes, can be advantageous.
  4. English Language: Effective communication skills, including writing and speaking, are important for interacting with clients, colleagues, and regulatory authorities.
  5. Science (Physics): Understanding basic physics principles can be beneficial for understanding vehicle mechanics, fuel efficiency, and safety considerations.
  6. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Familiarity with computer applications and logistics software is crucial for managing transportation operations efficiently.
  7. Critical Thinking: The ability to think critically, solve problems, and make decisions is essential for road transport management, especially when addressing issues related to routes, schedules, and regulations.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

Transport manager roles are open to all graduates. A foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in the following subjects may give you an advantage:

  • logistics
  • supply chain management
  • transport management
  • business management

You can also do a postgraduate course if you have a relevant degree.

After you finish your studies, you can apply for a place on a graduate transport management trainee scheme.

You’ll find transport manager roles in both the private and public sector and in many industries, from retail to engineering and passenger transport.

You may be able to do a passenger transport operations manager higher apprenticeship if you’re working for a passenger transport company.

You could also start out by doing a supply chain practitioner advanced apprenticeship. This will give you some of the skills and knowledge needed to work as assistant transport manager in areas like fast moving consumer goods, for example food and drink, or retail.

You could develop your transport skills as a driver, team leader or administrator. With training and experience you could then apply for a road transport manager’s job.

Direct Application
You can apply directly for jobs. You’ll be expected to have experience and qualifications in road transport.

Career tips
Having a good knowledge of the road network and an understanding of transport rules and regulations will give you an advantage.

Experience of using specialist transport management software can also help.

Restrictions and Requirements
You may need to get a Certificate of Professional Competence – a Driver CPC – if you’re the operator of a haulage or transport business.

Working Hours and Environment:

You could work in an office or at a client’s business.

Career Path & 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.