What do Transportation Managers do?
Plan, direct, or coordinate the transportation operations within an organization or the activities of organizations that provide transportation services.
- Analyze expenditures and other financial information to develop plans, policies, or budgets for increasing profits or improving services.
- Set operations policies and standards, including determining safety procedures for the handling of dangerous goods.
- Plan, organize, or manage the work of subordinate staff to ensure that the work is accomplished in a manner consistent with organizational requirements.
- Negotiate and authorize contracts with equipment and materials suppliers, and monitor contract fulfillment.
- Collaborate with other managers or staff members to formulate and implement policies, procedures, goals, or objectives.
- Monitor spending to ensure that expenses are consistent with approved budgets.
- Supervise workers assigning tariff classifications and preparing billing.
- Promote safe work activities by conducting safety audits, attending company safety meetings, or meeting with individual staff members.
- Direct investigations to verify and resolve customer or shipper complaints.
- Direct procurement processes including equipment research and testing, vendor contracts, or requisitions approval.
- Recommend or authorize capital expenditures for acquisition of new equipment or property to increase efficiency and services of operations department.
- Monitor operations to ensure that staff members comply with administrative policies and procedures, safety rules, union contracts, and government regulations.
- Direct activities related to dispatching, routing, or tracking transportation vehicles, such as aircraft or railroad cars.
- Direct and coordinate, through subordinates, activities of operations department to obtain use of equipment, facilities, and human resources.
- Conduct employee training sessions on subjects such as hazardous material handling, employee orientation, quality improvement, or computer use.
- Prepare management recommendations, such as proposed fee and tariff increases or schedule changes.
- Implement schedule and policy changes.
- Serve as contact persons for all workers within assigned territories.
- Conduct investigations in cooperation with government agencies to determine causes of transportation accidents and to improve safety procedures.
- Participate in union contract negotiations and settlements of grievances.
- Direct activities of staff performing repairs and maintenance to equipment, vehicles, and facilities.
- Develop criteria, application instructions, procedural manuals, or contracts for federal or state public transportation programs.
- Provide administrative or technical assistance to those receiving transportation-related grants.
- Develop or implement plans to improve transportation services control from regional to national or global load control center operations.
- Direct central load control centers to maximize efficiency and effectiveness of transportation services.
- Evaluate transportation vehicles or auxiliary equipment for purchase by considering factors such as fuel economy or aerodynamics.
- Identify or select transportation and communications system technologies to reduce costs or environmental impacts.
- Plan or implement energy saving changes to transportation services, such as reducing routes, optimizing capacities, employing alternate modes of transportation, or minimizing idling.
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