Road transport manager

Transport, distribution and logistics

Career outlook for road transport manager

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Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

You would plan road transport for goods and people, making sure all trips are safe, efficient and cost-effective.

It would be up to you to make sure all passengers and items get to the right place at the right time.  

Through efficient logistical planning you can help the sector to decarbonise.

You would:

  • Work with suppliers and customers to plan routes and deliveries
  • Manage a team of supervisors, office staff and drivers
  • Make sure targets are met
  • Run staff training
  • Put together reports for directors
  • Arrange vehicle repairs, MOTs and tax payments
  • Organise vehicle replacements
  • Manage contracts and find new business

You would have to understand UK and EU rules, and make sure that all operations follow them.

Working conditions


You would normally work about 38 hours a week, but this may include shiftwork and weekends to cover 24-hour operations.


Your time would be split between the office, the transport depot and your clients' premises.

UK employment status





Self employed


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  • Verbal communication
  • Working with numbers
  • Developing a plan
  • Coaching
  • Delegating
  • Making decisions
  • Motivating others
  • Taking responsibility
  • Understanding

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There are no formal qualifications to enter this job. Many road transport managers start out as drivers, team leaders or administrators and work their way up to management. 

Most employers look for a good general education with qualifications at SCQF Level 4 to 6.

You may be able to enter a management trainee programme with an HNC/HND (SCQF Level 7/8) or degree (SCQF Level 9/10) in logistics, transport, business or supply chain management.

To enter an HNC/HND course usually requires National 4/5 qualifications and one to two Highers.

To enter a degree requires National 5 qualifications and at least three Highers or a suitable HNC/HND qualification.

There are few transport or logistic-centred courses in Scotland; to study elsewhere in the UK you may require additional Highers, and in some cases, Advanced Highers or Baccalaureate qualifications.

Useful subjects

  • English (required by some courses)
  • Maths (required by some courses)
  • Administration
  • ICT
  • Business
  • Finance-centred subjects

Helpful to have

Work-based qualifications such as a Scottish Vocational Qualification in Supply Chain Management (SVQ level 3/4/5) and the Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) will be of value when applying or you may work towards these qualifications once in a job.