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We asked Lydia Peppard from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:


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  Lydia Peppard
The advise that I would give to someone considering this job is to do their Leaving Cert and do the Transition year as this would give an opportunity to get some job experience or do some voluntary work within the community.

Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Transport Manager

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€20k > 60 
Road Transport Manager
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€20 - 60 
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Last Updated: March, 2013

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

The National Skills Bulletin 2016 identified shortages of skills relevant to supply chain management. These include transport management, warehouse management, materials management, raw materials forecasting/planning (junior roles), inventory control/planning, freight sales, and freight forwarding (air & ocean); the demand was particularly strong for those with experience, industry specific knowledge (e.g. high tech manufacturing, FMCG), foreign languages and relevant technical skills (e.g. SAP BI and analytics).

Occupational Category

Managers & Directors in Transport & Logistics

Also included in this category:

Transport managers; fleet managers; logistics managers; storage managers; warehouse managers

Number Employed:


Part time workers: 10%
Aged over 55: 17%
Male / Female: 84 / 16%
Non-Nationals: 10%
With Third Level: 43%
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At a Glance... header image

Works in either passenger or freight transport with responsiblity for managing budgets, organising schedules and routes and ensuring that vehicles are safe.

The Work header image

Road transport managers take overall responsibility for the efficient and safe running of vehicles carrying passengers and/or goods by road.  
The duties of road transport managers differ slightly, depending on whether they are employed in passenger or freight (goods) transport. In companies that specialise in road freight, managers may be referred to as commercial/operations managers. They are responsible for a fleet of vehicles and their drivers. They ensure that deliveries get to customers on time and in good condition. They may also be required to have a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).  
In passenger transport, managers are responsible for scheduling services, trips and coach holidays. They also have to apply for, and make sure they keep, an Operator's Licence. The transport manager ensures that all vehicle maintenance histories have been recorded. They also arrange renewal of tax and insurance before deadlines. They must ensure that all claims are resolved on all road accidents involving company vehicles.  
Duties that both freight and passenger transport managers have in common include:

  • Ensuring that vehicles are roadworthy and meet legal requirements
  • Supervising drivers and maintenance staff
  • Operating within a given budget and targets
  • Maintaining accounts
  • Allocating vehicles to drivers
  • Making sure that drivers know where they are going and what time they have to be at their destination
  • Making arrangements in case of breakdowns.

Road transport managers spend a lot of time on the telephone liaising with customers and employees. They also spend time dealing with paperwork and communicating with people by letter.  
In some companies, road transport managers may also be involved in the recruitment and training of staff, and the purchase and sale of vehicles.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


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.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.


Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates:  Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.


Monitoring and Controlling Resources:  Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.


Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


Coaching and Developing Others:  Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.


Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Transportation:  Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.


English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Systems Evaluation:   Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.


Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Good written and spoken communication skills are required. You should be tactful, diplomatic and calm, especially when dealing with tired drivers and disgruntled customers. You must be able to cope with being blamed for events beyond your control, such as bad weather or roadworks. You should have good patience and customer service skills.  
A good head for figures and a knowledge of geography are also required. The ability to understand and use computers is essential. You should have good office management skills.  
As so much business is conducted over the telephone, you must have a clear speaking voice. You must be able to explain instructions in a clear and simple way.

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