Freight Manager Jobs

Freight Managers communicate daily with road, rail, air and sea companies. They also liaise with their clients on the costs of shipments on a regular basis to ensure they are keeping competitive in the marketplace. Freight Managers will be responsible for a team consisting of clerks, sales team, warehouse staff and drivers.

Competition for Freight Managers is fierce as there are few advertised posts. Opportunities tend to be concentrated in transport centres, such as ports, airports and rail terminals.
Freight Managers can study the Foundation Degree in Logistics and Transport at Coventry University or Anglia Polytechnic University. Other colleges may offer similar courses. 
For those working in the UK, BIFA now offers a variety of intensive short courses in the key areas of the work. Further information is available from BIFA. Salaries for Freight Managers average at £43,000 per year.

Duties of a Freight Manager

Freight Managers normally work office hours, from Monday to Friday. Freight Managers may have to work weekends and compulsory overtime. Some companies, especially the larger freight forwarders, operate shift patterns and out-of-hours work so most Freight Managers will work additional hours from home. Most jobs will have to travel during the working day and overnight stays are common in the UK and abroad.

Freight Managers need to have a good knowledge of the freight industry, have excellent communication and negotiation skills and most freight manager jobs will have excellent sales skills. Freight Managers will be accustomed to working to tight targets and deadlines and will need to have excellent delegation skills to cope with the pressure and speed at which the transport industry moves.

Freight Managers work in over 3,000 freight companies in the UK, employing around 50,000 people. These include local national companies throughout the UK and international companies with offices in the UK and overseas.

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