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Working As A Transportation Planner

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Make Decisions

  • $69,468

    Average Salary

What Does A Transportation Planner Do At Pinnacle Foods

* Responsible for tracking all freight through the delivery process from origin to final delivery.
* Accountable for all service KPI’s; Perform analysis on performance trends
* Resolve chronic service and capacity issues; ensure PFG carriers are performing to expectations and maintain corrective action plans for those that are not.
* Proactively identify problems and swiftly work with senior management to implement the appropriate solution.
* Identify opportunities for freight reductions.
* Recommend improvements to existing or planned logistics processes.
* Determine the most economical modes of transportation.
* Monitor industry standards, trends, or practices to identify developments in logistics planning or execution.
* Evaluate shipments, consolidate loads, and select most cost effective method of delivery.
* Prepare reports on logistics performances capturing all KPI measures.
* Provide ongoing analysis in areas such as transportation cost, carrier performance and CWT.
* Enhance the development of our performance metrics.
* Practical hands-on project implementation, program management, or strategic performance management experience a plus.
* An understanding of Motor Carrier Contracts and the acquisition process.
* The ability to take a large volume of data and then analyze trends and produce a result.
* Review procedures, such as distribution or inventory management, to ensure maximum weight efficiency and minimum cost are being obtained.
* Be the liaison between the transportation department and other internal departments.
* Need to work independently and handle multiple projects in the absence of detailed instruction.
* Working in conjunction with the operations manager, to contain rate and accessorial charges.
* Candidate will insure that the plan is in accordance with all the company's strategies, goals, objectives, and procedures while meeting its financial commitments.
* Manage the primary activities of the deployment and delivery cycle including: planning (load building and mode/carrier selection), execution (tendering, track trace and scheduling), and reporting (performance to budget, compliance).
* Qualifications

What Does A Transportation Planner Do At Randstad

* Individual will be responsible for managing the daily load planning and execution for area of responsibility utilizing a TMS system (OTM, SAP).
* Coordination of proactive communication regarding changes of load status with internal/external stakeholders (Plants, warehouses, customers, distributors and customer service).
* Proactive identification and resolution of service issues (On time Performance and Primary Tender Acceptance).
* Weekly lane and budget management for area of responsibility via rate variance.
* Participate in daily/weekly/monthly Operational Routines including on Boarding new Suppliers.
* Weekend and Night coverage and Issue resolution for critical customer delivery issues

What Does A Transportation Planner Do At City of Seattle

* Serve as project manager or participate in technically complex, difficult, and sensitive interdisciplinary transportation planning studies.
* Develop and track project budgets, scopes, schedules, and performance measures; procure consultant services; manage staff and consultant teams; work with agency partners; manage risks; and develop and implement public engagement plans.
* Analyze transportation systems and policies; identify needs and potential solutions, including evaluation of alternatives; recommend policies, plans and projects; prepare reports of findings, and ensure implementation of proposed solutions.
* Conduct, manage, or collaborate on transportation modeling and financial analysis
* Coordinate review of transportation policy development with other governmental agencies; review policies, plans and regulations of other jurisdictions to assure consistency with City policies; organize and serve on multi-agency technical review committees; serve as an interagency coordinator and representative for SDOT
* Brief and deliver presentations to the public, management staff, and elected officials; provide information for various public information materials
* Perform other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned
* Support department goals in promoting diversity, race, and social justice work;
* These responsibilities are only a summary of typical functions of the job and are not intended to be an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties

What Does A Transportation Planner Do At Fedex Freight, Inc.

* Coordinate/communicate all line-haul activity/goals in a region, utilize projections and allocate loads to drivers, route freight to save on-time and costs, handle overflows
* Analyze freight flow information and determine trends to make recommendations for improvements
* Effectively educate service centers and drivers of policies and procedures outlined in driver’s manual while ensuring compliance of all applicable laws/regulations
* Communicate with other team members concerning any alteration to the line-haul structure affecting their region
* Maintain computer record of all daily line-haul activity, monitor cube percentage, service percentage, weight of loads and delay times and report to field employees/management regarding previous day’s Line Haul activities.
* Maintain contact with service centers throughout the line-haul cycle ensuring freight remains in cycle within designated lanes
* Communicate opportunities to reduce line-haul schedules and maintain service goals
* Dispatch necessary personnel to drivers in emergency situations, give alternate routes to maintain service standards during inclement weather
* Analyze breakdowns to determine most cost effective and timely course of action
* Service recoveries from purchased schedule delays
* Assist with TCHEK problems
* Comply with all applicable laws/regulations, as well as company policies/procedures

What Does A Transportation Planner Do At WSP-Parsons Brinckerhoff

* Provide support to a variety of planning studies related to multimodal transportation including: feasibilities studies, location studies, corridor alternative analysis, environmental impact studies, and environmental assessments
* Provide technical support to a variety of staff and clients in the fields of planning, environmental planning, and engineering
* Support traffic operations modeling/analysis efforts
* Support travel demand forecasting efforts
* Provide assistance to planners and other staff in creating, editing, maintaining and analyzing datasets and geospatial data
* As potential task lead, understand and meet scope, schedule and budget requirements
* Coordinate with other disciplines
* Manage time and effort effectively on multiple projects
* Other duties as assigned
* Talent is the essential of meeting our client’s objectives, goals and challenges.
* If this sounds like a fit for you, we’d love to have that first discussion of you joining our team.
* Job Requirements

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How To Become A Transportation Planner

A bachelor’s degree is typically required for most positions, although an associate’s degree may be sufficient for some logistician jobs. Industry certification and work experience in a related field is helpful for jobseekers.


Logisticians may qualify for some positions with an associate’s degree. However, as logistics becomes increasingly complex, more companies prefer to hire workers who have at least a bachelor’s degree. Many logisticians have a bachelor’s degree in business, systems engineering, or supply chain management.

Bachelor’s degree programs often include coursework in operations and database management, and system dynamics. In addition, most programs offer courses that train students on software and technologies commonly used by logisticians, such as radio-frequency identification (RFID).

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification can demonstrate professional competence and a broad knowledge of logistics. Logisticians can obtain certification through APICS or the International Society of Logistics (SOLE). To become certified, a logistician typically needs to have a certain amount of education and work experience and to pass an exam.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Prospective logisticians can benefit from previous work experience in a field related to logistics or business. Others gain work experience while serving in the military. Experience allows a worker to learn about products and supply chain processes. Some employers allow applicants to substitute several years of work experience for a degree.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Logisticians need strong communication skills in order to collaborate with colleagues and do business with suppliers and customers.

Critical-thinking skills. Logisticians must develop, adjust, and carry out logistical plans. They often must find ways to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Organizational skills. Logisticians must be able to perform several tasks at one time, keep detailed records, and simultaneously manage several projects in a fast-paced environment.

Problem-solving skills. Logisticians must handle unforeseen issues, such as delivery problems, and adjust plans as needed to resolve the issues.

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Transportation Planner Career Paths

Transportation Planner
Office Manager Branch Manager
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Planner Planning Manager Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Transportation Analyst Transportation Manager Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Transportation Analyst Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager
Logistics Director
10 Yearsyrs
Planner Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Planner Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Transportation Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Operations Director
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Material Manager Purchasing Manager
Procurement Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Transportation Supervisor Transportation Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Transportation Supervisor Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Account Manager Sales Manager
Sales And Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Transportation Manager General Manager Account Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Planner Planning Manager Senior Manager
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Transportation Planner Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Carrier

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • German

  • Polish

  • Swedish

  • Danish

  • Urdu

  • Hebrew

  • Norwegian

  • Belarusian

  • Russian

  • Arabic

  • Cantonese

  • Italian

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Real Transportation Planner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Transportation Planner STV Incorporated New York, NY Sep 30, 2016 $117,874
Transportation Planner STV Incorporated Newark, NJ Jul 15, 2014 $109,484
Transportation Planner STV, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $104,270
Lead Transportation Planner Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 21, 2015 $103,854
Planner, Transportation Aecom Technical Services, Inc. Oakland, CA Sep 14, 2013 $100,000 -
Transportation Planner HDR Engineering, Inc. Bellevue, WA Aug 19, 2016 $95,930
SR. Transportation Planner H.W. Lochner, Inc. Tampa, FL Oct 01, 2014 $93,350
SR. Transportation Planner Iteris, Inc. Santa Ana, CA Jan 10, 2016 $90,501
Senior Transportation Planner The Mobility Group Irvine, CA Sep 15, 2016 $90,304
Transportation Planner Kittelson & Associates, Inc. Sacramento, CA Aug 06, 2015 $90,291
Transportation Planner II Iteris, Inc. Santa Ana, CA Nov 24, 2016 $85,554
Transportation Planner HDR Engineering, Inc. Bellevue, WA Aug 19, 2013 $85,280
Transportation Plannning Specialist 5 State of Washington Department of Transportation Olympia, WA Oct 01, 2015 $84,984
Transportation Planner Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 09, 2016 $84,032
Transportation Planner Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 19, 2014 $72,051
Transportation Planner III Aecom Technical Services, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Sep 28, 2015 $71,490 -
Transportation Planner III Aecom Technical Services, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Oct 08, 2015 $71,490 -
Transportation Planner HDR Engineering, Inc. Orlando, FL Sep 15, 2013 $70,970
Senior Transportation Planner California Department of Transportation Sacramento, CA Apr 25, 2016 $69,960 -
Transportation Planner II City of Charlotte Charlotte, NC Oct 02, 2014 $69,482
Transportation Planner/Statistician The Louis Berger Group New York, NY Aug 10, 2015 $69,140
Transportation Planner Aecom Technical Services, Inc. Oakland, CA Aug 26, 2013 $68,922 -
Transportation Planner Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $62,000
Graduate Transportation Planner OVE ARUP & Partners PC New York, NY Aug 26, 2016 $61,956
Transportation Planner Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. Albuquerque, NM Sep 15, 2013 $59,987
Transportation Planner I Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation AUT Los Angeles, CA Sep 03, 2013 $59,812 -
Transportation Planner Aecom Technical Services, Inc. New York, NY Sep 05, 2015 $58,635 -
Transportation Planner AKRF Inc. New York, NY Aug 31, 2016 $58,302
Transportation Planner LSA Associates, Inc. Riverside, CA Sep 15, 2016 $58,261

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Top Skills for A Transportation Planner


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Top Transportation Planner Skills

  1. Metropolitan Transportation Plan
  2. Carriers
  3. GIS
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted co workers in the creation of the federally mandated Metropolitan Transportation Plan, and Transportation Improvement Plan.
  • Initiated direct communication with client and carriers ensuring alignment with final shipment expectations.
  • Consulted senior leadership on department movement operations and made recommendations to increase efficiency and decrease logistical errors
  • Interfaced with distribution centers, plants, carriers, customer service, and various levels of management daily.
  • Planned and coordinated transportation and logistics for US Army Special Operations Forces deployed in Korean Theater of Operations.

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