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Transportation Manager

"I am the core component of a transport company. My job covers every aspect of the business, be it documenting, scheduling, tracking, and so on. Anything that has to do with getting goods and services from point A to point B and what they do there is my job. I can micromanage any number of minuscule factors to complete my job, and I can succeed even through the difficulties of balancing many factors with time, quality, and cost targets."

Salary Range:

$50,000 - $93,000

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Priority Knowledge & Skills
Customer Relationship Management

Knowledge & ability to:

  • Apply principles of CRM

  • Manage a sales process

  • Compelling presentation & report writing

  • Develop & execute a distribution strategy

  • Leverage e-commerce

  • Develop & execute a merchandising strategy

  • Leverage co-operative marketing

  • Provide customer support

  • Develop & execute a pricing strategy


General Management

Knowledge & ability to:

  • Manage budgets

  • Manage projects

  • Negotiate contracts

  • Conduct competitive analysis

  • Conduct environmental scan

  • Leverage contextual knowledge

  • Analyze data & leverage business intelligence

  • Develop and manage forecasts

  • Manage business intelligence and analytics

  • Negotiate and manage contracts

Internal Supply Chain Management

Knowledge & ability to:

  • Collaborate with partners in product/service design

  • Manage inventory and warehousing

  • Manage order fulfillment

  • Manage transportation logistics

  • Design, establish and manage related contracts

  • Identify and develop strategic sourcing relationships

  • Establish strategic and tactical SCM plans and processes

Building Block Experiences
Education & Learning:
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (minor in SCM)

  • Completed co-op program

  • Completed multiple courses in logistics and transportation


"My first co-op placement was as a logistics coordinator for a local trucking company and my second This inspired me to build a career in transportation."

Employment Experiences:
  • Did a summer working for the local transit authority. In this role, I discovered the complexity of well-designed transportation systems.

  • Completed a co-op placement with a local trucking company. 

  • Over the past decade, I have worked for two large logistics company and most recently was promoted to a management role.


"Transportation is a huge field. From my summer jobs to my co-op and my first decade, I intentionally explored different roles and organizations. I soon discovered, a job title is only a job title and not the job. The job is defined by the organization, its scope, mission, culture and people."

Community Experiences:
  • Volunteer operations manager for a local children’s charity

  • Board member of local chapter of the Supply Chain Management Association.


"Engaging in these activities was intentional. They offered an opportunity to develop skills and build a network while giving back to my different communities."

Contextual Experiences:
  • Mission-focused travel


"I don’t go on holidays. I go to make a difference. Every trip I take must have a mission."

  • Actively network with influential community leaders—in both the private and public sectors


"For me to succeed in this job, I needed to passionately build and cultivate networks. I am strategic, intentional and patient. I recognized I needed to invest in relationships for the long haul and focus on reciprocal benefits."

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