What does a Transportation Leader do?
Transportation managers ensure shipments into or out of the organization or company where they work are quick, within budget, and safely handled. They oversee the transfer of equipment or personnel as operated by the organization. They are responsible for the development of department policies and procedures, and for personnel activities and schedules, and they oversee shipment coordination and routing.
Transportation managers might sometimes need to coordinate with outside service providers including messenger services, freight shippers, and transporters. They prepare the department’s budgets and schedules and ensure company shipping and safety procedures and protocols continue to run smoothly. They also ensure that all shipping documents are correctly prepared and filled out, and they research and correct problems that arrive throughout the work day. Transportation managers develop hands-on fluency with current laws about shipping and hauling, including the transportation of hazardous materials, freight classification, and the safety of employees. They also direct teams about the maintenance and repair or replacement of shipping fleets and equipment, and the scheduling of daily routines. Transportation managers need a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management or logistics.
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Transportation Leader Career Path
Learn how to become a Transportation Leader, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
Transportation Leader Insights
“Everyday is a chance for me to grow in my career and I have our caring managers and high”
“It was an amazing opportunity working with the people there and learning the specifics about the energy industry”
“A very well functioning team that is willing to teach you about the job and projects.”
“I felt comfortable asking questions and got to work on a wide variety of projects during my internship.”
“The freedom is nice but you don't even want to know how much they take from you.”
“No one here is perfect some days are good some days not so much but if every day was perfect it wouldn't be called work.”
“Proficient Auto Transport opened so many doors of opportunity for me to learn about the ins and outs of the industry.”
“Prepare to work 12 plus hours a day including Saturday and Sunday as a work/life balance is non existent.”
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Leader of Transportation
When working as a Leader of Transportation, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Microsoft Office Suite, AICP, ERP, Written Communication and MS Office.
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The most common qualifications to become a Leader of Transportation is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.