Q: I AM currently a fleet administrator but I am looking for a junior fleet manager role, something that seems to be as rare as hens’ teeth. I scour the industry magazines every day, and I am constantly on the internet. Do you have any other suggestions?
A: I’D recommend three lines of action to secure your objective but an easy option might be to develop your skills with your current employer.
Undertake formal training such as that offered by the Institute of Car Fleet Management (ICFM). It is available at three levels and will enhance your knowledge of the requirements for operational and strategic fleet management. Membership of ICFM also gives access to a members-only website area and the annual conference.
This will bring valuable networking opportunities which can be supplemented by the company becoming a member of ACFO.
Secondly, I suggest you deliver well-researched and well-reasoned proposals to your business. It might be appropriate to establish clear performance measures to verify any changes adopted have the desired effect. Make sure, however, that all your proposals respect the requirements of the business and clearly identify both costs and benefits.
Finally, make sure you leverage the experience you gain in managing the effectiveness of this fleet and gain a reputation for doing the right things and for doing them well.
Deputy chairman and chairman of the training and education committee, ICFM