Van Operator Careers

Become a Van Operator for Suddath

Driving with Suddath® offers the perfect combination of independence and support. You can set your own goals and create your own path to success, but there’s plenty of teamwork, tools and a steady supply of hauling opportunities to help you on your way.

Work toward becoming an owner-operator or grow a rewarding career as a company driver for Suddath. In both cases, you’ll be working with an organization built on entrepreneurship that respects drivers as professionals. Independents can grow their own businesses while getting steady work and lots of support, and company drivers enjoy the security of a rewarding career with the opportunity to make their own way within the Suddath family.

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Fast Track to Truck Ownership

It gets harder every year to find a financing company that really understands our business. Exclusively for Suddath owner-operators and drivers, the Suddath Advantage Program offers flexible financing for top manufacturers like Volvo®, Kenworth®, Peterbilt® and Freightliner®. Through our partnership with Trans Advantage®, the industry leader in commercial vehicle sales and financing, the program can offer:

  • A wide variety of equipment at below market pricing
  • Enhanced and flexible financing packages
  • Reasonable interest rates, with a maximum of 12% (subject to credit approval)
  • Less out-of-pocket cash, and in some cases, no down payment required
  • One-day, quick credit pre-approval and approval process
  • White glove service for help completing paperwork

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Join a Winning Team

Why drive with Suddath? We were founded and built by drivers who, since 1919, have been pivotal in helping us grow into a highly successful organization. Below are some of the key advantages.

We care about our drivers

Drivers are our most important customers, and we prove that by providing equipment upgrades, driver incentives, personalized dispatch and great earnings opportunities.

Steady annual revenues

We pay our van operations 80% of the revenue on both packing and containers.

We’re a top
booker

Suddath is the biggest agent of United Van Lines and a leading military household goods booker with 35,000 annual moves.

Bonuses increase your bottom line

Opportunities for sign-on bonuses, recruiting bonuses for referring new van operators, safety bonuses and green bonuses for passing inspections.

Vehicle financing program

We have finance programs which can help the right candidate get into a truck with little money down and reduced interest rates – terms you cannot get on your own.

Nationwide locations

We operate across the 48 continental states and are in 14 of the largest cities in the country, which means being able to get you loaded quicker instead of being on a “waiting list”.

Meet Our 2019 Van Operators of the Year

Each year, we recognize outstanding performance among our drivers with our Van Operator of the Year awards. Our most recent recipients are Daren Davenport and Chris Cartwright. Daren, who was named the 2019 Continental Van Operator of the Year, has been with Suddath for a combined tenure of more than seven years and previously won Van Operator of the Year in 2014. Chris, who was named our 2019 Master Lease Van Operator of the Year, began his career with our Minnesota branch in 1996 and previously won Van Operator of the Year in 2013 and 2017. Congratulations to Daren and Chris and thank you for your service!

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See Chris’ Story

Committed to Your Education

Bryce Harris just graduated from J-Tech Institute’s CDL school on a Suddath scholarship and now has joined the ranks at Suddath with his father, Van Operator Mike Harris. Bryce started moving during the summers when he was 14 and has been doing it ever since. Welcome to the family, Bryce!

In addition to CDL school scholarships, our drivers are also eligible for the Suddath scholarship program. Each year, Suddath awards three scholarships to graduating seniors of current employees. Each scholarship provides up to $12,000 annual tuition, books and fees for undergraduate study at a college or university.

Van Operator FAQs

What makes Suddath different to drive for than other van lines?

We have a rich 100-year history of taking care of our drivers and we are positioned to take care of you now and well into the future. We regularly recognize and celebrate our drivers through programs such as: safety incentives, referral incentives, quality incentives, fuel discounts, Van Operator Appreciation Week, Truck Driver Appreciation Week and United and Suddath Van Operator of the Month and Van Operator of the Year awards. These programs give us a chance to reward you for the job you do every day.

I want to be a driver but do not have a CDL yet. Do you offer scholarship programs?

Suddath has CDL school sponsorships available. Talk to our driver recruiter to find out how to take advantage of our scholarship program.

What different opportunities will I have to haul household goods year-round?

We have tonnage in COD, national accounts, military Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves and special products to keep you loaded year-round.

Do you have a lease program?

Rather than a lease program, Suddath has a finance program called Suddath Advantage through that will help the right candidate own their truck outright with little money down and reduced interest rates that you may not get elsewhere.

What kind of trailer will I get?

We’re always upgrading and refurbing our equipment, so you’ll certainly have a trailer to represent you and Suddath professionally while servicing our customers.

Does my tractor need to be a certain color?

We no longer require an all-white tractor. We have van operators in blue, black and even bright yellow!

What is the average driver pay at Suddath?

Suddath is committed to offering competitive compensation for our drivers, as well as providing individual support to meet your financial and career goals. Driver pay varies depending on several factors including where you like to run, how often you want to be home, what type of equipment you have, whether you’re an owner/operator, subcontractor, or company driver, how much experience you have and your driving rating.

How long will it take me to get qualified to drive?

We can help you become qualified in as quickly as seven to 10 days, if you come prepared.

Where will I run?

We operate in all 48 states and do not force dispatch. Our goal is to keep you in your preferred lanes as best we can.

How do I become a van operator with Suddath?

Fill out the form on this page or call us at 888-716-5155. We’d love to talk to you and help you find the best fit for your career with Suddath.

Diversity Statement

Suddath is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. Equal Employment Opportunity Posters If you’d like to view a copy of the company’s affirmative action plan or policy statement, please email humanresources@suddath.com. If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process, please email humanresources@suddath.com.

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