What they do
Transport company managers oversee transport businesses that operate a fleet of vehicles to transport goods or passengers. They are responsible for scheduling transport and freight delivery times, allocating resources, organising vehicle maintenance and repairs, and developing a relationship with customers.
Transport company managers may operate freight and logistics companies, courier services, bus or coach charter companies or car rental agencies.
Specialisations include: Car Rental Agency Manager
Transport company managers will spend some of their time based in an office, maintaining business records and preparing operational statements and reports. They will also spend time on the floor, in a transport facility or warehouse, reviewing operations and quality control procedures, managing staff, inspecting vehicles and resolving potential problems.
Tools and technologies
Transport company managers may use computers to develop transportation schedules, take orders and bookings, and to keep accurate freight records. They may also use GPS navigation systems or GPRS to monitor staff and deliveries. They will also liaise with customers and clients, either face to face or over the phone, to work out their requirements.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a transport company manager you usually need to gain a qualification in logistics or logistics and supply chain management.
The Diploma of Logistics is offered at TAFE colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia. Browse courses through Jobs and Skills WA and search on the My Skills website to find a registered provider near you.
You can also undertake a logistics manager (level 5) traineeship. The traineeship usually takes 36 months to complete.You can also complete a degree majoring in logistics and supply chain management.
Curtin University offers a three year Bachelor of Commerce (Logistics and Supply Chain Management). Edith Cowan University offers postgraduate studies in Supply Chain and Logistics Management. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.
Many transport company managers will generally have worked for a number of years in more junior positions before progressing to a manager role. You may also be required to complete further studies in management.