What does a Transportation Manager 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.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.2 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Transportation Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

£37,497 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £37K
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Transportation Manager Career Path

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Proficient Auto TransportProficient Auto Transport
13 Jan 2020

“Everyday is a chance for me to grow in my career and I have our caring managers and high”

Equitrans MidstreamEquitrans Midstream
Transportation Intern
30 Oct 2019

“It was an amazing opportunity working with the people there and learning the specifics about the energy industry”

Aptive EnvironmentalAptive Environmental
Route Manager
6 Jul 2019

“The training is HIGHLY useful and leads to success both in and out of the job.”

Transportation Intern
14 May 2020

“A very well functioning team that is willing to teach you about the job and projects.”

12 Nov 2021

“The freedom is nice but you don't even want to know how much they take from you.”

ZIM Integrated Shipping ServicesZIM Integrated Shipping Services
Land Transportation Coordinator
26 Apr 2021

“Being at the beginning of my career is the perfect opportunity to develop in the chosen field.”

Terminal Manager
10 Sep 2019

“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 TransportProficient Auto Transport
Auto Transportation
3 Jan 2020

“Proficient Auto Transport opened so many doors of opportunity for me to learn about the ins and outs of the industry.”

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