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Fleet Management Career – how do you get a job as a Fleet Manager?

Fleet Management Career – how do you get a job as a Fleet Manager?
2nd April 2013 Run Your Fleet Blog

Car Fleet Manager Jobs

A car fleet manager is responsible for running a company’s fleet of vehicles . They deal with the day-to-day operation of the fleet. This can range from a small number of cars to a large group of different vehicles including vans, trucks and even bikes. For those who have good organisational skills, this may be a great career choice.

To work in fleet management you would also need to have a flexible approach (true for many jobs we know) and the ability to make decisions quickly. As a fleet manager, you would need to be able to motivate and lead a team, especially in larger companies.

What experience do I need to be a Fleet Manager?

A good business background would be helpful and most employers will look for IT skills and some experience of business management. There are also college courses that offer relevant knowledge and skills.

What does a Fleet Manager do?

Of course this does depend on the organisation you work for, but as a company fleet manager there are some things that you’d definitely expect to be doing. According to the  National Careers Service,  it’s likely your job would include:

  • managing contracts
  • scheduling service, MOT and repair programmes
  • finding cost-effective sources of new vehicles
  • coordinating the replacement of existing fleets
  • ensuring the security of the vehicles when not in use
  • organising staff cover.

You would use computer software to collect and analyse information about the fleet, which could include:

  • mileage and fuel costs
  • service schedules and maintenance histories
  • car availability and vehicle locations
  • the fleet’s taxable value, capital value and depreciation rate.

You would also have to take into account vehicle manufacturers’ fleet guidelines, risk management and government legislation.

In larger companies, you would work with business development professionals, account sales executives and fleet administrators.

For more information, see the Careers section on The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) website.

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