Transportation Manager Skills & Competencies

Manager's Guide: Transportation Manager

The Manager's Guide to the Transportation Manager Role

This Manager's Guide includes:

  • The complete set of 30 Competencies expected from the role
  • 131 Interview questions for determining a candidate's skill level in each of 30 Competencies
  • 134 Coaching tips for helping incumbent to advance their skills in each of the 30 Competencies
  • 132 Development goals to help measure incumbents' progress in each of the 30 Competencies
  • 318 Recommended resources for progressing education in each of the 30 Competencies

Roles and Responsibilites

The primary responsibility of the Transportation Manager is production planning and expediting; materials management; transportation to and from the plant; shipping, receiving and traffic management.

The Transportation Manager manages and oversees transportation management programs and systems to ensure the efficient movement of product and goods.

Organizational Role

The Transportation Manager typically serves as member of management and is considered a senior level consulting within the organization. As such, the Transportation Manager provides functional, technical or process leadership. The organization will depend on this person's management of multiple teams. The Transportation Manager generally is responsible for high complexity and ambiguity. As such, the Transportation Manager provides tactical responsibilities.

Transportation Manager Job Responsibilities

The Transportation Manager generally has the following responsibilities:

  • Manages and oversees transportation programs in accordance with an organization's policies and budget constraints.
  • Develops and manages relationships with customers, vendors, contractors and others to provide transportation services.
  • Determines the most cost effective, efficient and safe method of transportation for products and services.
  • Oversees and reviews all billing documents for accuracy and timeliness.

Transportation Manager Competencies

The complete Transportation Manager Manager's Guide includes the 30 key competencies expected of Transportation Manager. The report defines each Competency in detail. The report also explains what level of proficiency Transportation Manager should have in that Competency, as well as how important that Competency is to performing the role well.

Among the 30 Competencies for Transportation Manager is...

Change Control - MFG

You may observe several behaviors in a person that could be strong indicators of his or her capabilities in the Change Control - MFG competency. The Transportation Manager is expected to demonstrate Extensive experience in the Change Control - MFG competency. To demonstrate Extensive experience in the Change Control - MFG competency, one should demonstrate knowledge of and experience with effectively managing changes to the production environment and process.

  • Explains key issues in implementing equipment and technology changes to a production environment.
  • Reviews all planned changes and associated documentation; assesses potential impact and risk.
  • Leads the change planning process involving all relevant players.
  • Defines and publishes comprehensive change plans; incorporates into contingency plans.
  • Oversees the development of change management standards and procedures.
  • Participates in the evaluation, selection and implementation of change management systems.