If you’re quick on the draw, good with logistics and consider yourself a detail-orientated person, a career as a Road Transport Manager could be for you.
Road Transport Managers are responsible for planning, coordinating and managing the logistics around moving cargo and goods from one point to another, on the road. They maintain and manage everything around the vehicles, drivers, keeping track of goods that are moved and so on.
In order to train as a Road Transport Manager, you will need to take the following subjects:
- Pure Mathematics
- Physical Science
- Business Studies
Take a look at our Subject Guide to find the value of specific subjects as well as suitable subject packages for various career fields.
The following institutions are highly recommended for studies in Road Transport Management:
- University of Johannesburg (UJ) – APS of 33
- University of Pretoria (UP) – APS of 34
- University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN) – APS of 30
- University of Cape Town (UCT) – Faculty Point Score (FPS) of 480
It would be beneficial to get a degree in some kind of management or logistics such as a BCom, but there are a few short courses out there which will help. Managers usually get to a position of management through a vast amount of experience within their industry. You can get a diploma or a BTech as well.
You will need to have the following skills in order to become a Road Transport Manager:
- Good communication
- Logistical thinker
- Detail oriented
- Work well under pressure
- IT proficiency
- Able to manage people and processes well
- Execution of work
- Able to manage logistics
You will be able to work in the following environments as a Road Transport Manager:
- Local government
- Traffic police departments
- Corporate companies
- Manufacturing companies
- Production plants
- Logistics companies for road
Full time work (40 – 45 hours) but overtime might be expected as a Road Transport Manager.
The average salary for a Road Transport Manager is around R23 000 per month according to Indeed.com.
Here are a few things you can expect from a career as a Road Transport Manager:
- High levels of authority and responsibility.
- The potential to work longer hours.
- Work with staff and other professionals in your field.
- Company transport management and maintaining of vehicles.
- Expect to manage a company transport budget and to manage the routes and logistics as well.
- Ensuring that vehicles licenses are up to date and services are constantly in time.
- You might need to have an understanding around vehicle and transportation laws, depending on what you are transporting.
- Managing drivers and staff, and ensuring that they are all aware of their duties and able to do their jobs well.
- Expect to plan and then implement your plan.